Italian Sausage and Spinach Stromboli

We are back from vacation, the kids are back in school and I am back in the kitchen. The boys love pizza and really anything that involves pizza/pasta sauce, so I knew this would be a hit. I just wish I would have made more…everyone wanted seconds.

Ingredients:
1 pound pizza dough, homemade or store bought
All-purpose flour, for work surface
1/2 lb. Italian sausage
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups marinara sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella (6 ounces)
1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Divide dough into 4 pieces. On a lightly floured work surface, stretch out each piece, first to a 3-by-4 inch oval, then to a 6-by-8-inch oval (let dough rest briefly if too elastic to work with).

In a large skillet cook Italian sausage until done. Add spinach leaves and cook until just wilted.

Dividing evenly, scatter sausage/spinach mixture over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Dividing evenly, top with mozzarella and 1/4 cup marinara.

Starting at the shorter end, roll up each stromboli, and place, seam side down, on baking sheet. Using the tip of a paring knife, cut two slits in the top of each. Brush with oil. Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve stromboli with 1/2 cup marinara for dipping.

Did I change anything? The original recipe called for salami and broccoli. I’m not sure I want broccoli in my stromboli. I wish I would have added some roasted red peppers to it. Since this is like a rolled up pizza basically, you can add just about anything to it that you’d normally have on your pizza.

What did the family think? Everyone loved it and wanted seconds, but there were no seconds. Note to self: make twice as much next time.

Where did this recipe come from? I got the idea for this recipe from Martha Stewart.

photo from Martha Stewart

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