Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Healthy 5 Cheese and Sausage Pizza

This pizza is rich and delicious! If you don’t use the word “healthy” when serving this dish, your guest (or family) will never know. To limit the sodium content, prepare your own pizza crust and sauce—this could reduce the sodium per slice by 200-500mg per serving, depending on the dough and sauce recipes. Enjoy!

1 uncooked whole wheat pizza crust (like Trader Joes; about )

½ cup crumbled/broken soft goat cheese

1 cup pizza sauce (homemade or canned)

¼ cup chopped tarragon leaves (or basil or oregano)

2 links reduced fat chicken sausage (like Trader Joes Tomato-Basil), cut in to slices

1 cup (about 4oz) shredded 2% mozzarella or 4-cheese Italian blend


Pre-heat oven to 450o F (232o C)

1. Allow pizza dough to stand to 30 minutes

2. Knead dough into an elastic ball (flour surface with whole wheat flour, if needed)--allow to rest for 3-5 minutes

3. Toss or roll out dough, so that it fits roughly on a 15 X 12” cookie sheet; allow to rest for 2 minutes

4. After waiting, sprinkle goat cheese evenly on top of the dough and press the cheese into the dough and spread the dough to the edges of the cookie sheet

5. Pour sauce evenly over the dough and smooth with the back end of a spoon.

6. Sprinkle the tarragon evenly over the sauce

7. Place the sausage slices evenly over the pizza

8. Sprinkle shredded 2% mozzarella evenly on top

9. Add to oven; cook for 12-15 minutes, until the edge of the crust is crisp and brown(er)—use oven light for viewing

10. If the cheese is not browned when the crust is crisp and brown, turn the broiler on high and broil for 1-2 until cheese on top is lightly browned and bubbly (do not walk away from the pizza while it is broiling)

11. Allow pizza to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into 6 even slices with sharp pizza cutter

Serves 6

Nutrition (for 1/6 of recipe): 330 Calories, 11g fat, 850mg sodium, 41g carbohydrates, 5.5g fiber, 16.5g protein, 345mg calcium, 430mg potassium

Dr. Jean Gutierrez currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at The George Washington University. You may contact her directly at


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Imnotbenny said...

That sounds like a great recipe- thanks for posting it. I recently tried goat cheese for the first time and really liked it. A friend of mine stuffed chicken breasts with goat cheese and then baked it with salsa on top- very tasty.

I really like your blog!

Pure Acai Berry said...

Great healthy food! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I think it’s a good idea to make available these healthy foods to your family.

Megan said...

This looks so incredibly yummy! I'm going to write this all down so I don't forget it, because I want to try it out the next time I'm free at home :). I actually work with Chef's Diet. We're a program that focuses on preparing healthy, well balanced meals made from low carb/high protein meats and veggies. We even deliver the meals daily to your door! I always admire another healthy-eating individual, hehe. If anyone is interested in Chef's Diet, btw, you can visit us at

Maureen said...

Looks yummy. Thanks.

Focus Factor said...

I love goat cheese with very light sauce pizzas. This looks like one I want to try this week!

Alexander said...

Looks really nice, will make it tonight

Acai berry said...

Pizza is one of my kids favorite foods. But this pizza is different he sound healthy. Thanks for sharing it's recipe with us.