This delicious and easy white broccoli pizza recipe is packed with our favorite Italian flavors. From the smooth ricotta cheese that compliments the broccoli, this is a sure way to mix things up on pizza night!
The best part of this recipe? You can make this broccoli pizza using any store-bought pizza crust, cutting the time down considerably. You’ll have this pizza ready for lunch or dinner in nearly 30 minutes!
About this Broccoli Pizza Recipe
A broccoli pizza can mean two different things to people. It can either be a pizza with a broccoli crust (yuck), or it can be a regular pizza dough crust that is topped with broccoli. My recipe is the latter.
This version is a white pizza which simply means it doesn’t use tomatoes or any red pizza sauce. Some white pizzas use a white sauce, but in our case, we’re replacing the sauce with a ricotta cheese mixture.
It’s not intentionally meant to be a vegetarian recipe, but considering that it is void of any meat, that’s what it ends up being!
If you prefer using a homemade pizza dough, you can certainly use that as well. You can follow my instructions for how to make an Italian pizza dough here. You may need to adjust the quantities a little since a store-bought pizza is usually smaller than what a pizza dough ball can produce.
Ingredients for a Broccoli Pizza Recipe
Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need to make this broccoli pizza. Make sure to read my section on ingredient substitutions and variations further down.
- Pizza crust. This recipe makes enough for a single store-bought pizza crust.
- Olive oil. Make sure to use extra-virgin olive oil. Regular olive oil won’t give off any decent flavor.
- Garlic. I use a garlic clove, not powder.
- Ricotta cheese. Use whole milk ricotta for a creamier texture and more flavor.
- Grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese. I prefer Romano on my pizzas, but Parmesan works fine too.
- Dried oregano. This is the only herb I use. You can use fresh oregano as well.
- Broccoli. I use a bag of frozen chopped broccoli. If you want to use raw broccoli you can, just make sure to chop it into small florets and steam them until tender.
- Sliced Onion. I use yellow onion, but a red onion or sweet vidalia would also taste great. You can also choose to dice the onion, but I prefer sliced on my pizza.
You’ll be amazed at how easy this recipe is. After all, I’m all about simple Italian cooking, right? Specific measurements are included in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 425F, or according to the instructions on the pizza crust packaging.
Step 2. Meanwhile, thaw your frozen broccoli. If it is frozen, I just empty the broccoli into a microwavable bowl and defrost it.
Step 3. Drain and squeeze out any excess liquid from the thawed broccoli.
Step 4. Mince the garlic clove and put in a small bowl along with the olive oil and stir to mix the flavors.
Step 5. Place your pizza crust in a pizza pan and brush the olive oil and garlic over the top. If you have any left over don’t toss it. We’ll need some later at the end.
Step 6. Next, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, Romano (or Parmesan), and the dried oregano.
Step 7. Spread the cheese mixture over the pizza leaving about a ½ border. Use the back of a spoon or spatula.
Step 8. Top with the thawed broccoli and sliced onions.
Step 9. Lastly, drizzle any leftover olive oil and garlic over the top of the pizza and the toppings.
Step 10. Place the pizza pan on the middle rack of the preheated oven and cook for 13-15 minutes until the crust is golden brown, or according to the instructions on the package.
Do you Have to use a Store-Bought Pizza?
You actually have three options.
- Make your own pizza dough from scratch.
- Buy pizza dough balls from the freezer section at your local grocery store.
- Buy a premade pizza crust at the store.
Obviously the most convenient is to buy it premade. Don’t get me wrong, my favorite pizza dough is my own recipe for homemade pizza. But many times I think of what to make right when I need to make it. I’m terrible at meal planning.
So sometimes I just grab a premade crust from the freezer and off I go.
If you want to use a dough ball, even if from the store, then just roll it out on the pan (or pans), but make sure to generously oil the bottom of the dough so it crisps up. Cook it in the pan otherwise the oil will drip and cause a mess (speaking from experience).
I also recommend that you precook the pizza dough for about 10 minutes or so allowing it to get a nice bottom crust and harden a bit on the top. Then proceed with the recipe.
Recipe Substitutions & Variations
There are many methods for making a pizza broccoli recipe. Just like my bianca pizza recipe, the options are endless. Here are some suggestions you can use for inspiration. Get creative and have fun with it!
A quick note: I don’t recommend adding meat to this pizza, but to keep it a vegetarian pizza instead. I think meat would overpower the flavors that already exist.
- Top with additional herbs such as fresh basil. Add these only a minute before the pizza is ready to be removed from the oven.
- Add slices of garlic coated in olive oil so that they become roasted garlic by the time the pizza is done. Add these half-way through to avoid burning them.
- Try additional toppings such as mushrooms, red onion, anchovies, tomatoes, and peppers.
- Use different types of cheeses such as feta cheese, goat cheese, or provolone.
- For an extra kick, sprinkle some red pepper flakes after baking the pizza.
Do you have your own creations? Make sure to share them with me in the comments section at the end of this post.
Store any leftover pizza in the fridge in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Reheat the broccoli pizza using a toaster oven at 350F for 10 minutes.
I do not recommend freezing this pizza. It will not taste as good due to texture changes of the cheese.
What Goes with a White Pizza with Broccoli Recipe?
If you’re using the pizza for a lunch, then you won’t need as many side dishes as if you were using the pizza for a main dish. Here are some side dish ideas that will compliment your broccoli pizza nicely.
A simple Italian salad always works wonders as a side dish for pizza.
A healthy caprese salad will be a nice refreshing side dish.
For a protein packed side dish, try my cannellini bean salad.
For additional ideas check out all our Italian side dishes.
Similar Pizza Recipes You May Enjoy
If you like pizza recipes like this one, then make sure to check out these as well.
An eggplant pizza is full of flavor and a great way to use your eggplant.
Want a simple white pizza with 4 different cheeses? Check out my bianca pizza recipe.
Like ricotta? Try my ricotta and spinach pizza recipe. The ricotta with the spinach, topped with tomatoes is absolutely amazing!
I really hope you enjoy my broccoli pizza recipe. It’s so easy to make and refreshing. I’d love to hear if you tried it, and if you made any changes to make it your own. If so, let me know in the comments below and give a positive star rating to let others know you loved it!
Broccoli Pizza Recipe
- 1 pizza crust (store bought) see notes if using homemade pizza dough
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese whole ricotta is best.
- 1/2 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 12 oz bag of thawed broccoli, chopped florets 1 cup if using fresh broccoli – cut into small florets
- 1/4 cup onion, sliced or diced 1/4 of a small onion
- Preheat oven to 425F or according to your package instructions for the pizza.
- Thaw the frozen broccoli. If using fresh broccoli, chop into small florets, then you will need to steam it until it is tender.12 oz bag of thawed broccoli, chopped florets
- In a small bowl, mince the garlic and mix with the olive oil. Brush this mixture evenly over the top of the pizza. Reserve any extra for a final drizzle on top at the end.1 pizza crust (store bought), 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 garlic clove, minced
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the Ricotta, Romano and the oregano.1/2 cup ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp dried oregano
- Spread the the ricotta and herb mixture on top of the pizza, leaving at least a 1/2 inch border for the crust.
- Top with the broccoli and onions.1/4 cup onion, sliced or diced, 12 oz bag of thawed broccoli, chopped florets
- Drizzle any remaining olive oil and garlic mixture over the pizza.
- Place pizza in pizza pan on the middle rack, and cook for 13-15 minutes or according to package instructions.
- For homemade pizza dough, follow the same instructions above, but I recommend pre-baking the dough for 10 minutes so you have a nice bottom crust. You can use my own homemade pizza dough recipe here. You will probably need to adjust quantities since homemade dough will make a larger pizza.
- You can use fresh or frozen broccoli florets. I prefer frozen, just make sure that they are fully thawed.
- Ricotta made with whole milk is best because of the creamier texture.
- I recommend that if you want to dice your onions, you do it very small to allow them to cook in the short amount of time. That’s why I often slice my onions because I think they cook faster.
- For visual step by step instructions – see the post above.