A whole-wheat pie crust filled with some of your favorite flavors.
This Italian Sausage and Tomato Pie isn’t your normal pie. It’s not a deep dish pizza, and it’s not a sweet dessert either. Instead, we did something completely unique by taking a whole-wheat pie crust and stuffing it full of savory ingredients. You’ll love the way that rich turkey sausage comes together with sweet onions in our creamy Greek yogurt sauce. Top it off with fresh tomato slices and you’ll have everything you need to create a beautiful meal. And, unlike other pies, this recipe is filled with nutrient-dense ingredients. It all comes together to create something completely unforgettable (especially at its mere 265 calories a serving!).
A slice of this tomato pie alongside a side salad makes the perfect dinner. If you have any, the leftovers taste even better when you reheat them the next day for lunch. If you’ve never made a savory pie before, this Italian Sausage and Tomato Pie is definitely the best place to start. Just get ready to hand out the recipe if you make it for a dinner party, because your friends are going to be asking for it!
Why Roma Tomatoes are Perfect
You might be tempted to swap in those beautiful heirloom tomatoes you found at the farmers market, but we would urge you to stick with Roma tomatoes. Unlike other types of tomatoes, Romas are long and tall, giving you the ability to create super-uniform slices. That allows you to cascade the slices beautifully for an Instagram-worthy pie. Not that it’s all about looks, but it usually helps!
In addition to looking great, Romas have a firm texture and a meaty flavor. They don’t tend to have as much water content as other types of tomatoes, so they won’t juice out as much as they bake. No one wants a soggy slice of pie, so stick with the Romas whenever possible!
Nutritionally speaking, Roma tomatoes are just as healthy as those heirloom varieties. They’re filled with antioxidants, along with vitamin A and C. When you cook them, the cancer-fighting phytonutrient lycopene concentrates and becomes more readily available. Combined with nutrient-dense basil and vitamin-rich onions, this pie is chock-full of everything you need to keep your body happy and healthy!
Better-For-You Sausage Alternatives
I love using sausage in recipes because it’s so flavorful and rich. Unfortunately, most pork sausage is filled with saturated fat, sodium, and preservatives. That why I love seeing that more and more turkey and chicken sausage products have become available over the past few years. I’m sure you’ve seen them at the grocery store, and some butcher counters even make their own varieties!
If you can’t find a brand that you love at the store, don’t be afraid to make your own sausage at home. Our easy Italian Turkey Sausage recipe uses regular-old ground turkey as its base. Then, we add in a bunch of spices to create a robust flavor profile with a fraction of the salt. It would taste great in this recipe, so give it a try if you have time to whip up a batch!
Italian Sausage and Tomato Pie
- 1 whole-wheat pie crust
- 8 ounces ground turkey sausage
- 1/2 cup yellow onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt plain, fat-free
- 6 roma tomatoes sliced into 1/4 inch slices
- 1/4 cup basil fresh, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Press the pie crust into the bottom of a pie or tart pan and up the sides. Set aside.
- In a skillet, cook the sausage, onion, and garlic breaking the sausage into small pieces as it cooks. Once cooked through, drain the excess liquid and place in the prepared pie pan.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and yogurt until smooth. Pour over the sausage. Arrange the tomatoes on top. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle basil over top. Let sit 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
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