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8 Cool Pizzas and Flatbreads

Try sunflower seeds, lamb meat and other unique toppings to give your pie a little edge

Delicious pizza, Cookstr recipes for pizza and flatbread (Vetta/Getty Images)

Why order out? Save your tip money, and craft your own pizza right at home. — Vetta/Getty Images

After a long day, your go-to dinner might be a delivery or freezer pizza. But when you have the time, there are so many delicious ways to make your own. Try light ricotta cheese instead of traditional mozzarella, or play with different proteins like lamb, prosciutto or anchovies. Consider making a sweet pizza for dessert. Experiment, and enjoy.

1. Ricotta and Spinach Pizza

by Terry Golson

This lighter pizza lacks the melty cheese of the classic pie, but it still tastes like an indulgence. Cooking the spinach first and squeezing out moisture keeps the crust from becoming soggy. You can make the homemade dough or buy it to save time.

Per serving (for toppings only): 341 calories, 3g saturated fat, 51g carbohydrates, 18g protein, 5g fiber, 805mg sodium

Per serving (for pizza dough): 183 calories, 0g saturated fat, 37g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 19g fiber, 242mg sodium

2. Pissaladiere

by Gordon Hamersley

This classic focaccia hails from Italy's Liguria region (and nearby areas in France), and is a savory olive, onion and anchovy tart — delicious served with wine.

Per serving: 390 calories, 2g saturated fat, 55g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 4g fiber, 356mg sodium

3. Pizza Stuffed With Broccoli Rabe From the Ciociaria

by Julia Della Croce

This cheeseless variation on a calzone isn't a quick dish, but it's worth the effort, offering a wonderful combination of slightly bitter, tender broccoli rabe (known as rapini in Italy) and flaky, golden dough. A variation includes roasted sausage in the filling. (The Ciociaria is a region in central Italy.)

Per serving: 375 calories, 2g saturated fat, 54g carbohydrates, 12g protein, 4g fiber, 475mg sodium

Next page: 5 more unique flatbread pizza recipes you can make at home. »

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