french bread pizza with roasted broccoli rabe

Recall the French bread pizzas of your youth: impossibly crunchy base and an irresistible cheesy top guaranteed to burn the roof of your mouth.
By: Anna Decker / 09/29/2015 /

These are an updated version, made with a quick fresh tomato sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella and fennel salami. Roasted broccoli rabe makes a respectable side. You’re all grown up now, but your cravings don’t have to be. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

What you need:

12 oz plum tomatoes 1 clove garlic ½ teaspoon dried oregano 2 ciabattina 1 lemon 8 oz broccoli rabe 4 oz fresh mozzarella 1 oz fennel salami coarse salt freshly ground black pepper olive oil


2 rimmed baking sheets

Recipe steps:

  1. Make sauce

Chop tomatoes. Peel and chop garlic. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Add garlic, tomatoes, and dried oregano and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until slightly thickened, 5–8 minutes.

  1. Toast ciabattina

Preheat oven to 425°F. Split ciabattina in half and place cut-side up on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes.

  1. Roast broccoli rabe

Thinly slice ½ of the lemon. Chop broccoli rabe into 2-inch pieces. Toss sliced lemon and broccoli rabe with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until leaves are wilted and stems are tender, 8–10 minutes.

  1. Build pizza

Tear mozzarella into bite size pieces. Chop salami into bite-size pieces. Top toasted ciabattina with tomato, mozzarella, and salami and season with pepper.

  1. Bake pizza

Bake pizza until cheese is bubbly and brown in spots, 5–7 minutes.

  1. Serve

Squeeze remaining half of lemon over top of broccoli rabe and cut each pizza in half. Enjoy!