Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Pizza

This pizza is another happy accident in the kitchen.  A friend and I decided to make pizzas at my house one night, so we headed to the store and just started grabbing toppings we thought sounded good.  Low and behold, after the pizzas were built and cooked, it turned out to be one of the best things to come out of my kitchen.  It’s become my go-to when I get a pizza craving.

Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Pizza

I’ve made this on both regular pizza dough and frozen, gluten free Udi’s crusts.  In my opinion, it’s better on the gluten free.  Who knew?!  I think it’s because the Udi’s crust are thin and tend to crisp up nicely in the oven.  If you’re not familiar with Udi’s, you can purchase them in the frozen bread section of the grocery store.

Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Pizza

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough, gluten free if you’d like.
  • 1 cup of pizza sauce or marinara
  • 1/2 cup of part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • Roasted Red Pepper slices*
  • Kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 grated parmesan cheese

*Roasted red peppers are one of those grocery store conveniences that are very easy to make at home and only take a few minutes if you’d like to give it a try.

Instruction

To roast your own red peppers:  Place a whole pepper on a baking sheet and broil it in the oven on all sides for about 7 minutes.  Watch it while it cooks, turning it every couple of minutes when you notice the skin charring.  Allow it to char really good.  You basically want an almost completely burnt pepper when it’s done.  After it’s crisped up on all sides, remove it from the oven and put it in a ziploc bag.  Allow it to steam for about 10 minutes.  Remove it from the bag and peel off the skin.  Take the top off, remove the seeds and you have a delicious, homemade roasted red pepper!

Prepare the pizza crust and on a baking sheet or pizza stone.

Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce over the dough.  Top with about half of the mozzarella cheese.  Layer the spinach, roasted peppers, olives and goat cheese.  Top with the remaining mozzarella and a little bit of parmesan.  Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes until the crust is browned and crisp and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

If you’re a meat eater, try adding some Italian turkey sausage on the pizza for a little extra kick.  Simply take the sausage out of the casing, cook it in a pan over medium heat with about a tablespoon of olive oil until it barely cooks through and is crumbly.  Add it to your pizza before baking.

Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Pizza Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Pizza