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Nduja and Broccoli pizza

Nduja and Broccoli Pizza

Spicy, full flavoured nduja makes a brilliant pizza sauce. Especially with plenty of mozzarella and fresh broccoli.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Proving Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 people


For the pizza dough*

  • 300 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp yeast not fast action
  • 170 ml warm water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch salt

For the nduja sauce

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 100 g nduja
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 400 g tinned finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried thyme


  • 175 g grated mozzarella
  • Small handful broccoli chopped into florets


To make the pizza dough

  • Put the flour, yeast and salt into a mixing bowl and stir together. Use a dough hook attachment for a hand mixer or mixing machine.
  • Keep the mixer on while pouring in the water and olive oil.
  • Knead the dough for around five minutes or until it's springy and stretchy. If you're making this by hand kneading will take around 10 minutes.
  • Put the dough into a large oiled bowl, cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place to rise for an hour.
  • After an hour, knock the dough back.
  • Lightly oil a large baking tray (one that has low sides). Stretch the dough to fit the baking tray taking it right up to the sides.
  • Leave the dough to rise for 30 minutes. After this it is ready to use as below.

To make the sauce

  • Get a small saucepan onto a medium low heat and add the onion and nduja. Fry everything together for 10 minutes breaking the nduja with a spoon.
  • Add the fennel seeds to the nduja and fry for a minute more.
  • Add the tomatoes and thyme. Rinse the tin out with a little water and add this to the pan too. Leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until nicely thickened.

To make the pizza

  • Preheat an oven to 220C.
  • Bring a small pan of salted water to the boil and add the broccoli. Boil for two minutes then drain well.
  • Take 2-3 tbsp of the nduja sauce and spread it over the base of the pizza. (See Top Tips above).
  • Sprinkle over the mozzarella getting it right up to the edges. Put the broccoli on top and then bake in the top of the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and the base is crispy.


* I have based my pizza dough recipe on one from Olive which I have made so many times and slightly tweaked it to suit my cooking.
I make my pizza dough in a mixer but you can make it by hand.
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