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White Spinach Pizza

I feel as if this pizza is a great segway into summer.  We're now starting to relax a bit more and throw together recipes that don't take a lot of time.  Who wants to be in the kitchen making food when it's nice outside?  Not me!  Unfortunately this recipe does require you to turn on the oven, but it's only for a short while, so we can handle that.  I mean, this pizza has spinach on it, so it's truly the epitome of health, right?  Let's not think about the cheese and the carbs.  Just let me live!

Speaking of living, I'm visiting the American Museum of Natural History today.  In spite of living so so sp close to NYC and being in the city practically every day, I'm the absolute worst at making sure I take advantage of everything offered.  So today I am heading back to see the dinosaurs and the mummies and of course, the Hayden Planetarium.  If I'm super lucky, maybe I'll also see Neil deGrasse Tyson (!!!).  Life goals!

But first, let's eat pizza!

 

White Spinach Pizza

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  • 1 package prepared pizza dough, brought to room temperature
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 8 ounces frozen spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/8 medium red onion
  • 2 ounces goat cheese


1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside.

2) Place the frozen spinach in the microwave.  Heat until warmed through.  Squeeze to remove excess water.

3) Add the garlic powder, salt, freshly cracked black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.  Stir through to incorporate.

4) Sprinkle in the mozzarella and stir once again.  Set aside.

5) Stretch the pizza dough over the prepared baking sheet until it forms a 12" circle.

6) Drizzle the olive oil over the pizza and brush to spread evenly.  Add the pesto and use a brush to also spread this in an even layer.

7) Top with the spinach and cheese mix.  Add the onion slices, and then sprinkle the goat cheese on top.

8) Bake the pizza for 10-13 minutes, depending on how crisp you like your pizza.

9) Once out of the oven, sprinkle with more freshly cracked black pepper and red pepper flakes, if desired.  Allow the pizza to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

--slightly adapted from Budget Bytes