Jenny’s Broccolini Chickpea Pizza

These mini pizzas don't skimp on flavor. They're loaded with lemon zest, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and a hint of garlic powder.

Jenny's Broccolini Chickpea Pizza

It’s fall, which really means 2 things. It’s not only pumpkin season, but it’s also cookbook season! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing recipes from some of my favorite new cookbooks. Today’s recipe comes from How to Celebrate Everything, by Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner a Love Story. I’ve been reading her blog for years and I had the pleasure of meeting her (and having a total fan-girl moment) a few months ago.

I have to say – I love this book because it’s one of those cookbooks that you want to snuggle up with and read from cover to cover. For starters, I just love her writing. Reading this book is like having coffee with a good friend. Jenny talks all about how she creates family food rituals not just for the big holidays (although there are recipes for those too) but for the smaller life events that are no less important. Events like a weekend walk to the farmers market that ends with tomato sandwiches, an end-of-the-school-year celebration with a neighborly “bus stop social”, birthday breakfasts, pizza Fridays, etc, etc, etc.

Reading her book inspired me to create some new rituals of my own because I realized how many rituals I actually don’t have… that is unless you count Jack’s birthday carrot cake, the butternut squash soup I make on the first day of fall, or the wine I drink to celebrate 5pm. But, hey, I guess those DO count, but there’s always room for more!

Jenny's Broccolini Chickpea Pizza Jenny's Broccolini Chickpea Pizza

Now on to the recipe! In the book this is an apres ski meal. Since we don’t have mountains (or snow) in Texas, I just decided that broccolini + chickpeas + pizza (with lots of lemon zest) sounded like a delicious way to celebrate Monday.

Jenny's Broccolini Chickpea Pizza

I took a big shortcut and baked my pizzas onto pre-made mini naan breads – see her recipe below to make a big rectangular pizza using real dough 🙂

Jenny's Broccolini Chickpea Pizza

Next on my list – these popovers! How good do they look?

How to Celebrate Everything by Jenny Rosenstrach

Click here to get the book! We’re also giving away a copy – to enter, leave a comment below telling me about one of your favorite family food rituals. The giveaway will close this Friday. Open to U.S. residents only.

4.8 from 4 reviews

Jenny's Broccolini Chickpea Pizza

Recipe from How to Celebrate Everything by Jenny Rosenstrach. Re-printed with permission.
Recipe type: Main dish
Serves: 4
  • 4 tablespoons good-quality olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 16-ounce ball store-bought pizza dough, preferably sitting out at room temerature for about 15 minutes to warm up a bit and rise.
  • 1 8-ounce ball fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 large bunch of broccolini (about 8 ounces), roughly chopped (including stems and leaves)
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained, rinsed and dried
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  1. Preheat the oven to 475°F. Using your fingers or a pastry brush, grease a 17x12 inch rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Drop the pizza dough into the center of the baking sheet and, using your fingers, press out and flatten the dough so it spreads as close as possible to all four corners. Cover the dough with the mozzarella slices, leaving a ½ inch border around the perimeter.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the broccolini, chickpeas, lemon zest, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle in the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, then give it all another toss.
  3. Using your hands, add the broccoli-chickpea mixture on top of the mozzarella in an even layer. Shower with the grated Parm and brush the exposed edge of the crust with a little oil.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust looks golden and the broccolini looks crispy and dark brown, but not black-burnt. (You can always cover the toppings with foil if the broccolini looks ready before the crust is.) Remove the pizza to a cutting board to cool. Slice into eight rectangular pieces and serve.
Her recipe calls for salami or bacon, but I used about ¼ cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes instead. I also used grated mozzarella instead of fresh because it's what I happened to have on hand.



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  1. Ursula

    My family food ritual is to have a taco bake or veggie tacos once a week. We all love mexican food!!

  2. Annie

    One of my favorite family food rituals is making a ton of Norwegian lefse in November to prepare for the holiday season ahead!

  3. Caitlin Boulware

    My husband and I always go out to breakfast on the first day it rains. Even if that means being a little late to work :).

  4. Robin Dulli

    My family has a delicious birthday cake ritual–always chocolate cake with caramel icing and learning how to make the caramel icing is a tradition passed down in the family too!

  5. Krista Sanderson

    Swedish meatballs and glogg for Christmas!

  6. Annette

    When I was little, we always got to choose what we wanted for our birthday dinner and cake. I continued this tradition with my husband and daughter. Yesterday we celebrated my daughter’s birthday with red velvet cupcakes and cream cheese frosting.

  7. Diana Coulon

    I am from South Louisiana. Our traditional food is not always the healthiest, but is always surrounded around family and memory-making-moments! My favorite tradition is my grandfather’s gumbo for Christmas decorating day. My cousins and I all help decorate our grandparents home for Christmas and afterwards enjoy a delicious bowl of gumbo!

  8. Jerri

    In the winter we have soup night once a week. It is always my favorite meal of the week!

  9. Nwri

    My daugheter, who is now 14, makes scones and cranberry jam for us every Christmas!

  10. Pam

    Oh, so many.
    I have to go with: birthday cake.
    Always. No excuses.

  11. Jonathan

    My traditions have seemed to change over the years but one thing that seems to hold on for dear life is my grandpa’s wine poached cranberry sauce that seems to grow more potent each Thanksgiving *__*

  12. Kate S.

    every thanksgiving/christmas i make THE CORN, which is a very simple garlic sesame basil corn from a recipe i got from my mother. my husband craves it all year and luckily both of our kids have become huge fans of THE CORN.

  13. Cindy S

    Our family’s on both sides have many traditions, but I think the one that has stuck with my family the most is Cream Brulee every Christmas. And then we also make it a point to have a big meal with all of our kids an there families after hunting season opens.

  14. Barbara from

    Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning!! I grew up with this and now I make them for myself and my husband (and hopefully, our future family!)

  15. Jeni S.

    Because my son is on the autism spectrum, food needs to be mostly predictable. Our rituals happen just about every night of the week. So, we have potpie Sundays, spaghetti Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, eat out Wednesdays, Macaroni Thursdays, and pizza Fridays. Saturday is up for grabs.
    I didn’t think I would like this at first, but it has made me be more inventive with the “adult” portions.

  16. Allison

    Getting to choose where to go out to dinner for our birthdays as a kid was always a treat. 🙂

  17. Mary Cloud

    My family food ritual is cooking a recipe my Grandmother taught me – almost cabbage rolls – my kids love it and I try to cook it once a week when I can

  18. My favorite family food ritual growing up was getting to choose what Mom made for our birthday meal!

  19. Chelsea

    Our family does a spring roll night every weekend in the summertime!

  20. Cali

    We make macaroni and cheese (the real deal stuff) once a year (ok, maybe twice!) and we have intense discussions as to whether a particular occasion is the right one! Half the fun is the getting excited about it!

  21. Lauren

    Love Monday night pizza night in our house!

  22. noodles for birthdays! it represents longevity 🙂

  23. Miranda

    We love homemade pizza on Saturday nights

  24. Bill

    We have kids choice for birthdays

  25. Gary

    I always like forward to scalloped potatoes on Christmas Eve

  26. Lisa Cooper

    Pancake breakfast on Sundays mornings with everyone together at the table!

  27. Shira Isenberg

    Every Chanukah we have homemade cranberry applesauce for our latkes. My mom started the tradition and now my family makes it every year. It was especially fitting for the year we had Thanksgiv-akah!

  28. Emily

    When I was a kid, my mom always made chili on Halloween. Piled into a bowl with rice and cheese, it was the perfect thing to warm us from the inside out before trick-or-treating in the cool October air. My sister and I are grown and don’t live at home anymore, but we still text each other and our mom pictures of our bowl of chili on Halloween. Even though we’re not physically together, it feels like we’re all sitting at the table in our costumes together.

  29. Jenn

    For special occasions (birthdays, holidays, getting through a work week), my husband makes homemade ice cream! For my birthday this year, he made my pick: goat cheese and roasted fig. Delicious! 🙂

  30. Mily

    One of my favorite family traditions is actually at my best friend’s house. I’m very close with her family and call her parents mom and dad number 2. Every Christmas Eve day I go to their house and we spend the day making tamales from scratch. Corn husks, lard, and homemade pico are required. Delish!!

  31. Gillian

    On Christmas eve, my family always has stuffed shells for dinner, followed by a pre-Christmas gift opening, and then snacks and a movie to end the night. So much fun!

  32. Julia

    Every Easter my mother makes “Easter Bread”, a eggy bread with raisins and almonds. Now, my sister and I also make it every year at our homes. It’s the perfect thing each Easter morning.

  33. kris

    We make caramel corn every Christmas

  34. Tara H

    Every year a couple weeks before Christmas, we decorate dozens and dozens of cookies and then divide the completed cookies amongst everyone.

  35. Kristen from

    I try to pre make a few meals for the week!

  36. cori

    My mom always made (too much) vanilla chocolate chip pancakes for birthdays. If there was school that day, we were traveling or whatever she always made them.

  37. Leah

    Football season marked the beginning of the school year, the end of summer, and the beginning of time stuffed together on the couch to watch the Redskins lose often, and win occasionally. To soften the blow of our losses and to celebrate our victories, my dad made chicken wings in his simple table top fryer. He was meticulous and he was proud of his contribution to our family time. There were four totally unoriginal ingredients: oil, chicken, Frank’s Red Hot, and butter.

    Even after leaving home to attend culinary school and living in NY, I still love my dad’s chicken wings more than any other version. It doesn’t matter how you slop those same four ingredients together, unless you do it with the care and precision of someone who loves the people he is cooking for. With that, it makes all the difference in the world.

  38. Sandra

    Re this recipe- When did you add the sun dried tomatoes to the pizzas?

  39. Alyssa

    For Rosh Hashanah each year my mom and I experiment with a new challah recipe. One thing is always the same: the round challah is topped with old-fashioned rainbow sprinkles before baking. The sugar crystallizes, making it extra sweet, and the rainbow colors make it extra festive.

  40. Caroline

    My favorite family food ritual is our love for pumpkin pie. We eat pumpkin pie all year long (I know, out of season, but it’s sooo good!). It is our favorite choice of “birthday cake.” Whenever we have leftover pie, you can usually find us eating it like a slice of pizza (yes, with our hands) for breakfast the next morning. What can I say? We love it!

  41. Shoshana Rose

    My absolute favorite food ritual is having my mother’s pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. It’s my great grandmother’s recipe and I look forward to it every year!

  42. This looks amazing. Tuesday night is pizza night at our house. Its perfect with kids, everyone gets to choose their own toppings. The kids are easy, the almost always do plain cheese (obviously) but I have been totally burning out on ideas to keep pizza interesting for the adults. Looking forward to trying this one.

  43. Cathi

    We have recently started taco Tuesday nights at our house. Being a mom of two little ones, it’s hard to plan a weekly menu that everyone will approve of, but this is working for us. Each week is different; one week we’ll have chicken, then fish, then pork. And of course margaritas to go with!

  44. Kit White

    We love various pizzas. I usually make them on Naan bread from TraderJoe’s freezer. These are the perfect size for the two of us to each have one pizza with whatever I like from the fridge that night. I’ll love to add your recipe to my list. One question, though, in the recipe you say to spread the dough over the pan but your pictures show cute little individual rounds of pizza. Obviously, I could do either but wondered about the inconsistency between the written part and the pictures.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Kit, sorry for the confusion. I typed Jenny’s recipe as it was written in the book (which uses raw pizza dough) and mentioned above that I made a shortcut using pre-made mini naan. I’ll make that more clear in the recipe though!

      • Kit White

        So sorry that I missed that paragraph. I do like naan for pizza bottoms. Thanks.

  45. stanp from

    Have to watch my carbs so any sugestions for a substitute for the pizza dough ?…can you get wheat ?

    Other than all the ingredients !

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