Broccoli Cheddar Rolls

makes 8

  • 1 1lb. store bought pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups broccoli, roughly chopped
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt & fresh cracked pepper
  • pesto, for serving


Preheat oven to 400F.

Drizzle a baking sheet with a glug of olive oil, set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add broccoli and cook until it begins to soften, about 4-5 minutes. Add chopped garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until garlic starts to soften. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, on a floured surface, roll out pizza dough into a rectangular shape, roughly 9 x 16 inches and position so the short sides are parallel to you. Top the dough evenly with the cooked broccoli and cheddar, leaving about a 1″ border around the dough.

Using your hands, lift up the bottom edge of the dough and roll it forward into a tight cylinder. Place dough cylinder, seam side down, on a cutting board and, using a thin, sharp knife, cut cylinder crosswise into 8 equal-size slices. Nestle the slices, cut sides up on the baking sheet. Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil onto the edges of the dough, season the top with salt & pepper and bake until golden brown about 15-20 minutes.  Remove rolls from the oven, let rest for 5 minutes and pesto on the side.