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Bruschetta Pizza

 Bruschetta Pizza
You might need a knife and fork for this hearty pizza! Loaded with Italian flavor and plenty of fresh tomatoes, it's bound to become a family favorite. "It's even better with a homemade, whole wheat crust!" —Debra Kell, Owasso, Oklahoma
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound reduced-fat bulk pork sausage
  • 1 prebaked 12-inch pizza crust
  • 1 package (6 ounces) sliced turkey pepperoni
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Additional fresh basil leaves, optional

Directions

  • In a small skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer
  • pink; drain. Place crust on an ungreased baking sheet. Top with
  • pepperoni, sausage and cheese. Bake at 450° for 10-12 minutes or
  • until cheese is melted.
  • In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, sliced basil, oil, garlic,
  • thyme, vinegar, salt and pepper. Spoon over pizza. Garnish with
  • additional basil if desired. Yield: 8 slices.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 346 calories, 17 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 1,044 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 24 g protein.
Wine: Sweet Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.