Posted by: Catherine | August 3, 2009

Emma’s Pizza Soufflé



One of Emma’s favorite sessions at our Cooking School, where we make an entree and a dessert together, was Soufflé Day–we made one with cheese (gruyere) and one with–you guessed right!–chocolate. (I’ve found that anything that puffs or rises is generally a big hit with kids, as is anything that needs to be skewered, rolled, twisted, or stuffed. Anything that provides lickability–chocolate and other sweets–is always a winner, too.)

Ever since the original Soufflé Day, in order to keep the Mommy Police at bay, we make either a sweet or a savory version, not both, and soufflés in all kinds of flavors have become a favorite family meal (or dessert) with a simple green salad. We’ve made them with ham, bacon, spinach, broccoli, and all sorts of cheeses from cheddar to gorgonzola.

Around lunchtime, we were searching the refrigerator for something to eat (does anyone else have the issue of going to the grocery store, spending a bundle and getting home only to find there’s nothing to eat?). In the cold-cut drawer we spied some pepperoni and mozzarella, two rare ingredients in our house…but Bruce had gone to the market, and when that happens one never knows what will come home with him. Immediately, Emma and I looked at each other. A spontaneous brainstorm: Pizza Soufflé. We enjoyed it immensely, but Emma said her favorite is still the gruyere–it’s true, gruyere is more flavorful than mozzarella but given my normal lunch, this was gourmet all the way and quite enjoyable! Also, I highly recommend this as a starter soufflé for your kids.

Serves 3

3 T unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the dish

1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus extra for sprinkling in the dish

3 T flour

1 cup scalded milk

2 t. Italian seasoning

Pinch cayenne pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

4 yolks from large eggs, at room temperature

3/4 cup grated mozzarella

1/2 cup pepperoni, cut into little slices or cubes

5 egg whites from large eggs, at room temperature

Pinch cream of tartar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter the inside of a soufflé dish and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 to 3 minutes.

Meanwhile scald the milk. When scalded, add to the butter-flour mixture along with the Italian seasoning, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until smooth and thick.

Remove from heat and mix in the egg yolks. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni.

Beat the egg whites with cream of tartar and a pinch of salt until firm peaks form. Whisk one-quarter of the whites into the cheese sauce to lighten, then fold in the rest carefully. Pour into the prepared soufflé dish. Turn the oven temperature down to 375 degrees and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until puffy and browned. Serve right away!



  1. What a great idea. But yeah, I bet the gruyere is the best. I mean, cmon. It’s gruyere! 🙂

  2. Oh my, I am really hungry now. That really look delicious. It’s been awhile since I made my own souffle.

  3. That does sound great!

    I know what you mean about going to the store. My kids will say “there’s nothing to eat!” right after I put everything away!

    I think my kids would love this, what a deluxe lunch!

  4. What a splendid lunch! I agree that souffles can make great family dining – you enjoy the excitement (and deliciousness) of it without the minor stress fest of will-it-wont-it rise that sometimes happens when you’re making it for a more formal dinner.

  5. Okay, I love, love, love this with a Uppercase L!

  6. I’ve heard of cheese souffles. And chocolate souffles. But PIZZA souffle! This is genius!

  7. What an absolutely delicious idea. I adore it. Perfect for a special lunch!

  8. Its really a nice mommy-baby bonding moment. And the idea of a pizza souffle is really brilliant!

  9. The soufflé looks outstanding fluffy & yummie!!

    What a neat idea!

  10. What a fun idea for a souffle! I love that you have an ongoing cooking school together. That will create lasting memories for you both!

  11. Another reason to invest in more cooking tools…a soufflé dish of course!

  12. A brilliant idea! My daughter already loves souffles (especially dessert ones) and she would love this delicious pizza souffle! I will definitely be making it!

  13. I love that you and your daughter are cooking together! Pizza souffle sounds brilliant!

  14. pizza souffle with a pinch of cayenne pepper? i’m loving this already.

  15. I want to go to cooking school with you and Emma. My Uncle’s grandchildren do that with their grandmother and I am wishing I had done that. It all looks so good! Lucky Emma! I left you an “appreciation” in my blog today! I have great times with your recipes.

  16. Oh my…can anything be more delicious looking than this??? Great photos..I cant wait to make this!!Figtreeapps

  17. vat a great idea.. they look soo neat and delicious!!

  18. What a great idea! I love souffles and YES i always go to the grocery store only to come home to no food. I think it’s a curse (because surely it’s not just me forgetting to make a list)

  19. That is a really creative idea! Sure beats eating traditional pizza. 🙂

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