My Oh My, I Love Pizza Pie…..

Good Late Thursday Night! I am anxious to jump into bed but first feast your eyes on a fabulous pizza pie! My pizza pie was inspired by my favorite “Mall Food” at the food court, Sbarros Pizzaria.

I have so many memories eating at Sbarros from my many pre-teen mall outings to my most recent memory with my sister in NY. We wanted so badly to eat at a really nice restaurant before going to see Legally Blonde, and guess where we ended up eating instead?…. Yup, good ol’ Sbarros! (thanks to our late taxi!) No matter how many pizza choices they have to offer, I always end up going with the stuffed “white” pizza with spinach and broccoli.

A couple nights ago I had all the ingredients to whip up my own version and I was in hog heaven. I made it late night and ate a couple pieces all by myself. My 3 year old even shared it with me the next day for lunch. Perfect way to hide those veggies, just dredge it in a little ranch and they’ll never know!

Go buy or make yourself some whole wheat pizza dough so you don’t feel so guilty. Oh and don’t forget the part skim ricotta! No matter how many calories, work it off later. Indulge in a little food court heaven, the pizza pie!

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Ricotta Stuffed Spinach and Broccoli Pizza Pie

16 oz whole wheat or white pizza dough (I pick it up at Trader Joes or Fresh and Easy)

1 Cup ricotta cheese

¼ Cup grated parmesan cheese, like Kraft

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 Cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped

2 Cups fresh broccoli florets, steamed until fork tender, about 3 minutes in boiling water

Pinch of salt

½ Cup Roasted red bell peppers, from can or fresh

1 ½ Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces. Spread and press one piece of dough into the bottom and sides of a 9-9 ½ inch round cake or tart pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. (I used a 9 ½ inch deep quiche pan with a removable bottom that worked perfectly) In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta and parmesan cheese until well combined. Spread into pressed pizza dough.

2. Place olive oil into a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute spinach until wilted down, about 3 minutes. Place evenly over ricotta cheese layer. Place steamed broccoli florets over spinach and season with a pinch or two of kosher salt. Layer roasted red peppers, then mozzarella cheese over top. Press out remaining piece of dough and place over filling, tucking edges inside of pan. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian Seasoning. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cooked through.

3. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan or cutting into wedges.

8 slices


Have a good rest of your week! And fess up, what’s your favorite “Mall Food?”

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64 Responses
  1. Amy

    I made this last night but the hubby wanted protein so I added crumbled Sundried tomato chicken sausage and I used baby kale instead of spinach. It was SO fabulous! Love your recipes and am so glad I found this site.

  2. John Valenty

    Yummm!! Looks delicious. I think I might add a little steamed Zucchini inside this as well. I love that there is ricotta cheese in this dish, seems like it will be nice and creamy.

  3. Dawn Kesler

    Made this last night substituting artichoke hearts for the red peppers. I would have paid big for this it was so good. No more buying spinach pie from the local pizza place. Thanks!!

  4. Kara

    Oh my goodness! That is the very thing I used to order there when I was about 12 or 13. My mom would drop me and my best friend off for the afternoon, and we would ALWAYS eat at our old faithful Sbarro’s! Thanks for the recipe, and thanks for bringing back such a fun memory.

  5. Pizza Coupons Hut

    I am going to try this pizza recipe today. I am a vegetarian and running out of ideas for good food. Thank you for the ideas here.

  6. Anonymous

    This recipe was yummy! My husband thought it was amazing! I just love your blog and check it often for ideas.

  7. Erica

    Great idea! And now I’m going have to try Sbarro’s version of this. I have to say I’m a soft pretzel girl when it comes to mall food. Buttery, salty goodness!

  8. Sharon

    I think I bookmark just about every recipe you post! These look great and as much as I try to avoid it, I still love mall food.

    Your Halloween treats are adorable too!!

  9. Dawn

    How easy is that? God this looks so good!
    We don't really have a lot of Malls here on cape cod, but I have been to an Arby's restaurant once. Oh that was so good. That Horsey sauce, the curled french fries, beef & cheddar….I'm getting hungry here! lol

  10. Joseph and Katie Smith

    I just jumped into your blog and I am hooked! My friend who is an amazing cook, sent me your way. Thanks for recomending the whole wheat crust version, I’m trying to eat more healthy these days (lose weight UGH!) and I was not even going to try your recipe then I read your idea. We don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby either. Oh well, we will figure the crust out. I love pizza pie and the veggies sound wonderful (not to mention great pics!) The OREO cookie, yumminess may have to enter this girls menu at some point! 🙂 Mall food? Orange Julius and Greek Gyros. MMMMM!
    I hope you don’t mind, but I have added you to my blog list. Thanks! Katie

  11. Emiline

    It looks great! It has lots of vegetables in it.

    Well, I used to like Cinnabons at the mall, but then Cinnabon left. Sooo, I guess I like Auntie Anne’s pretzels.

  12. Mike and Jill

    Hi
    This is my first visit to your blog and I can’t WAIT to try some of your recipes!
    I’m a Chick-Fil-A girl. Too bad I can’t get it in San Francisco!
    Jill

  13. Martin Family

    JENNY,
    I am sitting here watching baseball with the husband and show him your pizza I want to make Sunday & he said, "If I ever meet her, I am going to hug her"! It was funny because the only time I cook is when I use your recipes. He is so thankful for your talent.
    P.S. I told him maybe he'll get the chance at Christmas

  14. Jaime

    oh and i really was just coming over to tell you about the event – i had no idea that your most recent post was about a pie! 🙂

  15. The Food Librarian

    This looks great! I certainly have had my share of mall food…Panda Express, Chick-fil-A, Sbarro come to mind! Your pizza pie looks so delicious!
    And thanks for visiting my blog. I’m excited to read about your adventures too!

  16. Satisfying my Sweet Tooth

    So funny! Sbarros TOTALLY reminds me of hangin’ out at the mall with my girlfriends in High School. Love it! That’s my favorite kind too though. Yours even looks better than theirs and I’m sure yours wasn’t sitting under heat lamps all day either. Makes me crave it right now! Although, I have to admit Sbarros is a toss up with Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels when I’m at the food court. By the way, my sister just told me that you are in her stake. I’m going to her house for Thanksgiving so would you mind if I stopped by for a sample of, umm, how about everything you make? Thanks! Small world though, huh!

  17. EAT!

    Being from Chicago, stuffed pizza is the only way to go. I usually make a large double crust pizza in a traditional thick crust pizza pan. I love that your recipe uses a 9 inch pan.

  18. snbjork

    Boy, oh, boy does that pizza look good right now! I really wish there was a Trader Joes here. Maybe Publix will have the whole wheat pizza dough…

    I have to admit, as gross as it sounds, I love mall “chinese” food. Grease and all! The samples of bourbon chicken always pull me in….it’s a good thing I only go to the mall once a year or less!

  19. Jenny

    Great to hear from everyone. Love to hear everyone’s favorite mall food. Look like chick fil a is in the lead!

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