Brussel Sprout Pizza With Pancetta and Goat Cheese

Brussel sprout pizza on a baking sheet drizzled with balsamic glaze.

This Brussel sprout pizza is a combination of salty, crispy pancetta cubes, creamy goat cheese, savory Brussel sprouts, with a drizzle of tangy, sweet balsamic glaze – which makes for an absolute explosion of flavors. 

Brussel sprouts on a pizza? It might raise some eyes at first, but will likely win over the most skeptical taste-testers. Personally, I love these flavors together and came up with this idea one night – only to find out that Trader Joe’s does a similar pizza that’s a fan-favorite. 

Give this one a try for a nutritious weeknight meal or appetizer at a party!

Reasons to Make This Brussel Sprout Pizza

  • You love the combination of balsamic and goat cheese: The creamy, tangy goat cheese with the sweet balsamic provides a unique flavor profile that you would find at a fine-dining restaurant. 
  • A healthier pizza alternative:  Packed with veggies, and only 144 calories per serving with 9 grams of protein. This could even be a great vegetarian option if you omit the pancetta. 
  • Simple, quick, 30-minute meal or side dish (that is great for entertaining): This pizza makes for a great appetizer or side dish for entertaining, or even as a healthy meal with a side of protein. 
The Brussel sprout pizza ingredients portioned out on a white cutting board.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups of shredded or shaved Brussel sprouts: Whole Brussel sprouts will work just fine for this recipe (just require some chopping), but to save some time I recommend buying them already shaved (it will look prettier, too).
  • 1 thin flatbread or pizza crust: Opt for a thin and crispy crust to provide the perfect balance of flavors – or even a flatbread would be perfect for this recipe. A whole wheat or cauliflower crust could add a little more nutrition to this recipe.
  • Garlic spread: A delicious garlic spread is used as the pizza “sauce” in this recipe – which you can get at most grocery stores (like this Garlic Spread Dip from Trader Joe’s).
  • One cup of Mozzarella Cheese: Just a thin layer of mozzarella cheese is needed, as there is also goat cheese!
  • 3/4 cup of Goat Cheese: Goat cheese brings a creamy and tangy element to this pizza. Crumble your favorite kind of goat cheese over the mozzarella cheese.
  • Pancetta (about one package) Cubes: Crispy pancetta pairs well with the flavors of this Brussel sprout pizza, giving it a savory and salty kick.
  • Balsamic glaze: Drizzled on top for a tangy, sweet sensation that elevates the flavor profile of this pizza. 

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How to Make This Brussel Sprout Pizza

It might not be the prettiest pizza in the world, but it’s unique, nutritious and tasty. 

A Brussel sprout pizza on a baking sheet right out of the oven, drizzled with balsamic glaze.

1. Cooking the Pancetta and Brussel Sprouts

Heat a pan to medium heat on the stove. Once the pan is hot, spray with avocado spray and add pancetta. Cook for about 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pancetta is cooked and crispy.

While the pancetta is cooking, thinly slice Brussel sprouts into small pieces using a sharp knife or mandolin.

Remove the pancetta and set aside. Using the same pan, cook the Brussel sprouts for 4-5 minutes – depending on how thinly they are chopped. Cook in the fat of the pancetta, or remove and use olive oil per your preference. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

2. Assemble the Pizza

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F, or per package directions for the pizza dough.

Stretch out pizza dough onto a cooking-spray coated baking sheet or pizza stone. Using a spoon,  spreada small layer of garlic sauce onto the pizza dough.

A large spoon spreading garlic spread on the pizza crust.

Top with a light layer of mozzarella cheese, then crumbled goat cheese – spreading evenly throughout the pizza.

Evenly distribute the pancetta. Then top with Brussel sprouts. Place in the oven, and set timer.

A close-up of the Brussel sprout pizza, assembled on a baking sheet prior to being cooked in the oven.

Top with Balsamic Glaze

Take the pizza out of the oven, and drizzle with a balsamic glaze. You might want to leave the glaze out in case people want to add more!

You could also top with hot honey or red pepper flakes for some spice!

A close-up of a piece of Brussel sprout pizza in between someone's pointer and thumb fingers.

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Recipe Tips:

  • Store leftover pizza in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Freeze for up to 3 months! Reheat in the oven or air fryer to maintain the crispness of the crust.
  •  If you love goat cheese, use more of it – with less mozzarella. 
  • Sprinkle with some red pepper flakes for more spice – the creamy goat cheese and balsamic glaze will ensure it’s not too spicy. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Frozen Brussel Sprouts?

While fresh Brussel sprouts is recommended for optimal flavor and texture, you can use frozen ones in a pinch. Either steam in the microwave or sauté in a pan with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

What Can I Substitute for Pancetta?

If pancetta is not available, you can use bacon as a substitute. Cooking the bacon until crispy and crumble over the pizza. Omit for a plant-based meal and serve with a vegetarian protein source. 

Can I Prepare the Toppings In Advance?

Yes, you can pre-cook the Brussel sprouts and pancetta. Assemble the pizza just before baking for the best results.

Can I Make This Gluten-Free?

This pizza can be gluten-free by using a gluten-free pizza crust. Most balsamic glaze products are gluten-free, but read the food labels to be sure! The Trader Joe’s garlic spread is also gluten-free!

A Brussel sprout pizza on a baking sheet right out of the oven, drizzled with balsamic glaze.

Brussel Sprout Pizza with Pancetta, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze

Alex Evink, MS, RD
This Brussel sprout pizza is a combination of salty, crispy pancetta cubes, creamy goat cheese, savory Brussel sprouts, with a drizzle of tangy, sweet balsamic glaze – which makes for an absolute explosion of flavors. Great as a nutritious weeknight side dish, or appetizer for entertaining!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 -10 servings
Calories 144 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups Brussel sprouts, thinly sliced or shaved
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, or sliced fresh mozzarella
  • 1 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 4 ounces pancetta, cubed
  • 1 thin pizza crust or flatbread
  • Balsamic glaze

Instructions
 

  • Heat a pan to medium heat on the stove. Once the pan is hot, spray with avocado spray and add pancetta.
    Cook for about 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pancetta is cooked and crispy. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F, or per package directions for the pizza dough.Stretch out pizza dough onto a cooking-spray coated baking sheet or pizza stone. Using a spoon, spread a small layer of garlic sauce onto the pizza dough.Top with a light layer of mozzarella cheese, then crumbled goat cheese – spreading evenly throughout the pizza.Evenly distribute the pancetta. Then top with Brussel sprouts. Place in the oven, and set timer.Take the pizza out of the oven, and drizzle with a balsamic glaze. You might want to leave the glaze out in case people want to add more!You could also top with hot honey or red pepper flakes for some spice!
  • While the pancetta is cooking, thinly slice Brussel sprouts into small pieces using a sharp knife or mandolin.
    Or: buy already shaved brussel sprouts.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F, or per package directions for the pizza dough.
  • Remove the pancetta and set aside. Using the same pan, cook the Brussel sprouts for 4-5 minutes – depending on how thinly they are chopped.
    Cook in the fat of the pancetta, or remove and use olive oil per your preference. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
  • Stretch out pizza dough onto a cooking-spray coated baking sheet or pizza stone. Using a spoon, spread a small layer of garlic sauce onto the pizza dough.
  • Top with a light layer of mozzarella cheese, then crumbled goat cheese – spreading evenly throughout the pizza.
    Evenly distribute the pancetta. Then top with Brussel sprouts. Place in the oven, and set timer.
  • Take the pizza out of the oven, and drizzle with a balsamic glaze.
    You might want to leave the glaze out in case people want to add more! Optional: top with hot honey or red pepper flakes for some spice!

Notes

Nutritional information is just an estimation, and may vary depending on individual ingredients and preparation. Below estimate is using Pilsbury Thin Crust Pizza Dough. 
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: servings
Servings: 8
Amount per serving  
Calories 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4.5g 22%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 223mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 10.1g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 5%
Total Sugars 2.7g  
Protein 9g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 130mg 10%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 152mg 3%
Keyword goat cheese pizza, vegetarian pizza

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