Hungry Girl’s Pizza Loaded Potato

TV host, author and "foodologist" Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien has created this stuffed baked potato that’s loaded with pizza flavors. Instead of bacon, she uses Italian chicken and turkey sausage. Indulge in the flavors you love – at only 350 calories per serving, you can do so guilt-free!

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Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized potato
  • 1 stick light string cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 link Italian chicken sausage

Directions

Preheat broiler. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Break string cheese into thirds and place in a blender or food processor. Blend at high speed until shredded. (Or pull into shreds and roughly chop.)

Pierce potato several times with a fork. On a microwave-safe plate, microwave for 5 minutes, or until slightly softened. Flip potato over and microwave for 5 more minutes, or until soft.

Meanwhile, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add pepper, onion, and mushrooms. Cook and stir until mostly softened and browned, about 4 minutes. Add sausage and cook and stir until browned, about 2 minutes.

Transfer veggie-sausage mixture to a medium microwave-safe bowl and cover to keep warm. Once cool enough to handle, slice off a 2-inch-wide strip of the potato skin, lengthwise, from top of the potato. Scoop out the insides, transfer them to a medium bowl, and break them up with a fork. Set potato "shell" aside on the baking sheet.

Add half of the potato pulp to the veggie-sausage mixture. Discard the other half (or reserve for another use). To the mixture, add 3 tbsp. sauce and half of the shredded cheese. Mix well. Microwave mixture for 1 minute, or until hot. Scoop mixture into the potato shell.

Evenly top with remaining 1 tbsp pizza sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Broil until potato is hot and cheese has melted, about 4 minutes. Enjoy!