March 16, 2016
White Arugula Pizza for Two

White Pizza with Arugula for Two!  This pizza is ready in just 30 minutes and serves 2. White Pizza with Arugula for Two! This pizza is ready in just 30 minutes and serves 2. White Pizza with spicy arugula salad. | www.delishknowledge.com

It’s funny the traits that you pick up from your partner. After eight years together, I can almost finish BL’s sentences and repeat his signature, witty catchphrases so much that they’ve begun to sound like my own. In turn, he’s found a love for vegetables besides corn and potatoes, a soft-spot for perfectly cooked brownies and an obsession for planning and goal-setting.

BL has also turned me into a pizza-loving freak. I swear I can count on two hands the number of times I ordered pizza before meeting him (late-nights in college not withstanding). Now, we order or make pizza at least weekly. It’s hands down his favorite meal and has quickly become one of mine. Even though I always pair my slices with a large salad to up the nutrient-density, we still go through a lot of pizza.

White Pizza with Arugula for Two! This pizza is ready in just 30 minutes and serves 2. White Pizza with spicy arugula salad. | www.delishknowledge.com

This white version is my idea of portion control pizza + salad. It’s also homemade pizza without any real work. I found these frozen organic pizza crusts at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and love them. No rolling or stretching required, just thaw, top and bake. The thin, crispy crust is just the way I like my pizza and it’s small enough that I don’t bat an eye when BL and I polish off an entire one for dinner. A thinner crust is a great way to control caloric density, especially with a giant pile of nutrient-rich arugula on top.

Topping a freshly cooked cheese pizza with arugula salad is my idea of fancy. It takes all of ten seconds to throw together and makes this basic cheese pizza seem hip and boutique. The combination of cheeses was what I had available in my fridge, but this would also taste great with just some fresh mozzerella or even non-dairy cheese.

White Pizza with Arugula for Two! This pizza is ready in just 30 minutes and serves 2. White Pizza with spicy arugula salad. | www.delishknowledge.com

How could I forget that this pizza would work perfectly with any St. Pat’s celebration you’ve got planned for tonight? Since my love of Irish food doesn’t extend much beyond whiskey, I’m using the holiday as an excuse to enjoy an extra slice of peppery arugula pizza.

Oh, and this matcha-green beer (no artificial food coloring in sight).

White Pizza with Arugula for Two! This pizza is ready in just 30 minutes and serves 2. White Pizza with spicy arugula salad. | www.delishknowledge.com

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White Pizza with Arugula for Two! This pizza is ready in just 30 minutes and serves 2. White Pizza with spicy arugula salad. | www.delishknowledge.com

White Arugula Pizza for Two

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large, thin slices 1x

Description

White Pizza with Arugula for Two! This pizza is ready in just 30 minutes and serves 2. White Pizza with spicy arugula salad.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large, thin slices 1x
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large, thin slices 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 pizza crust (I used an Organic frozen crust from Trader Joe’s that serves 2)
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more or less)
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil (see notes)
  • salt/pepper

Instructions

  1. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Thaw the crust and place on a cutting board lightly dusted with flour.
  3. Spread the ricotta cheese on the pizza crust along with a layer of thinly sliced tomatoes.
  4. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
  5. Taking care not to burn yourself, transfer the pizza crust onto the pizza stone and cook for 12 minutes until golden brown.
  6. While the pizza is cooking, toss the arugula leaves with chili oil and salt and pepper.
  7. Pile the arugula on top of the cooked pizza and slice into 4 or 8 pieces. EAT.

Notes

For this pizza, I used an Organic frozen crust from Trader Joe’s that serves 2. If you use a larger crust or make your own, you will need to increase the amount of toppings. I used a red pepper chili oil for the salad, can sub another chili oil or good quality olive oil.

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  1. Pizza sounds so good right now, I need to look for those crusts at Trader Joe’s! I love the addition of arugula, sounds delicious!

  2. My kids will love you. I can’t make pizza enough – like you, we eat a lot of pizza…the butternut squash kind. (Poor kids of an RD!) I never think of putting ricotta with tomatoes beneath. Smart!

    • Butternut squash pizza!? What is this amazingness? My husband will probably turn his nose up at it, but I love the idea of a more veggie-centered pizza. It was an inspiration from cleaning out the fridge, but it worked! You should check out these frozen crusts from TJ’s- they are perfect for impromptu pizza making! And thin enough that you can pile on the toppings.

  3. Lately we have been doing a weekly pizza- we use naan as the crust and pile up any leftovers from the fridge- this sounds like the perfect combo for our rotation. PS thanks for sharing that green beer trick- love it!

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