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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Creamy Garlic Spinach Ricotta Pizza

Craving a light summery pizza?
This Creamy Garlic Spinach Ricotta pie will satisify that craving!

creamy garlic spinach ricotta pizza (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

If there is one thing in my life that I love more than my children, it is pizza. I am not ashamed to admit this. I am one of “those”. You know the type. The ones that could eat it every single day and never get sick of it. Change up my toppings here and there and I'd do just fine.

The husband always, always makes fun of me for it – how could anyone love it that much? Well, I do. I crave it when I'm sick {weird, I know}. I suggest it when driving around figuring out where to go to dinner. I make it almost once a week in the hopes that the rest of my family is on board.

creamy garlic spinach ricotta pizza (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've made all kinds. Traditional meat and cheese. The beloved and invented here in Iowa version, taco. The classic margarita. I do not discriminate, nor hate on any.

I grew up eating frozen Tombstone pizzas every Thursday night with my siblings and my mom while my Dad played in his weekly golf league. It was a genius play on my Mom's part. One day each week where she didn't have to even think about meal planning...and we loved her for it.

creamy garlic spinach ricotta pizza (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Fast forward to this Spring when I planted spinach for the first time in my garden {stay with me here}. I had no idea how it would take, nor grow, but I soon found out.

It grew like gangbusters.

I am finding myself picking it every other day and the leaves it is producing are ginormous. We eat a lot of spinach around here: in salads, in eggs, on sandwiches...but I still had A LOT.

So what do I do when I have a lot of something? I put it on pizza. Because everything tastes better if not great on pizza.

If you've never had a “white” pizza before, well then you are missing out! Forget the red sauce, white sauce pizzas are often made with a butter sauce, an alfredo sauce, a garlic sauce or a cheese sauce. This one I invented is a bit of a combo of two of those.

creamy garlic spinach ricotta pizza (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I layered my refrigerated thin crust dough {take a short cut when you can} with a ricotta/roasted garlic/Parmesan cheese mixture {umm...hello!} then topped that with mozzarella cheese, the wilted spinach and a bit more Parmesan. Hubba, hubba.

The kids and I devoured this one night when the husband was working. Now, I've got it easy as my kids will gladly eat spinach. Fresh out of the garden, in a salad or on pizza. I've lucked out. But, if your kids are skittish, still give this pizza a try. The flavor is SO good. Make them take a bite.

Give them that whole story about Popeye and being strong, blah, blah, blah.

And if that story doesn't work, eat their leftovers. This pizza is green and green means vegetables and vegetables mean you can eat as much as you want.


Creamy Garlic Spinach Ricotta Pizza

1 refrigerated thin pizza crust {or my homemade version}
1 c. ricotta cheese
½ c. freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
6 c. fresh spinach, wilted and cooked down

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. Spread the pizza crust on a baking stone and set aside.
3. In a bowl combine the ricotta, bulbs of the roasted garlic {use my directions HERE} and half of the Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
4. Spray a skillet with non-stick spray. Add the spinach to the pan and cook down over medium heat. After a few minutes, the spinach should wilt down to 1/6 of the size. Once cooked remove from the heat.
5. Spread the ricotta mixture over the crust. Add most of the mozzarella cheese, then the wilted spinach and finally the remaining cheeses.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Cut into slices and serve warm.

creamy garlic spinach ricotta pizza (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Remember how I said I've made ALL KINDS of pizza? Well, I wasn't lying. Here are a few of our favorites!

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