Monday, June 4, 2012

Weeknight Dinner: Spinach White Pizza

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For John's first weekend home, we celebrated with this delicious pizza.  Friday nights are always pizza nights in our house; I like to use whatever is in the refrigerator at the time so it usually consists of sauce, cheese, and random toppings that could range from caramelized onions to a cup of pulled pork.  I made a special trip for this pizza though because I wanted to welcome John home in style.

He loves spinach so it was an easy decision to make white pizza.  Another reason to make white pizza?  I had lots of leftover ricotta from my eggplant parmesan.  It was pre-spiced thanks to my "student", and by that I mean it was filled with red pepper flakes.  I froze it on purpose knowing that John would be all over spicy cheese!

I wasn't wrong.  He walked through the door and his eyes lit up.  You made PIZZA!  Yes, I did make pizza.  And then after one bite, I think he was wondering who his girlfriend had turned into after these last few months.  Did I finally love spices?  Sorry to disappoint, I spilled the real reason for our spicy white pizza but by that point he didn't care.  He was just so happy:  to be done moving, to be home, and to have a spicy dinner waiting for him.  That's my boyfriend; he likes the simple things in life.
Spinach White Pizza
Serves: 4
1 pizza dough
1/3 cup ricotta
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups baby spinach
6 ounces mozzarella, shredded

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Roll out the pizza dough onto a pizza pan.  In a small bowl, combine ricotta, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and oregano.  Set aside.  In a large skillet, heat olive oil over high heat.  Add garlic and stir constantly, so garlic does not brown.  Add spinach and lower heat to medium-low.  Let the spinach "wilt", tossing frequently.  After about 5 minutes, remove the spinach and evenly distribute over the ricotta.  Top with shredded mozzarella.  Bake 15-20 minutes until the crust is golden brown.  Serve immediately.

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. this looks so fantastic!! I adore white pizza!!! Thanks for this recipe, enjoy your SITS day!

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