I had a whole post and recipe planned for a Strawberry and Spinach Pizza. And then I thought, “hmmm….there’s probably a way to make spinach a bit more appetizing to kids.”
I mean. Spinach. I think there are some adults that might object to spinach on a pizza. So instead of those little green leaves running rampant on top of a pie, I created this mouthwatering SPINACH PESTO.
This spinach pesto is actually kid tested. It’s simple, it’s delicious, and if you might just start eating it with a spoon and *forgetting* to put it on a pizza. I wouldn’t blame you if you did. It’s made with spinach, olive oil, pistachio nuts (I like nuts other than pine nuts in my pestos for different flavors and cost cutting), a wee bit of honey, a dash of lemon juice and some salt.
You can spread this on anything: baked chicken, salmon, sandwiches…you name it. But in this instance, we are putting it on a pizza. So let’s get to it.Print
A kid-tested way to get the little ones (or anyone that’s averse to greens) eating their spinach! This pizza combines summer strawberries with my no-fail spinach pesto, goat cheese and a sprinkle of BACON!
- 1 recipe simple pizza dough
For the pesto
- 10 oz fresh spinach
- 1/3 cup roasted pistachios
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp salt
For the pizza
- 2 pt fresh strawberries, stemmed and sliced
- 1 cup goat cheese, crumbled
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked, and cut into small pieces
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Fresh basil for garnish
- Kosher salt
First make the pesto:
- Place the pistachios in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times.
- Add the spinach, olive oil, lemon juice, honey and salt and blend to a paste. You may need to stop mixing and scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are properly blended.
- Taste and adjust for seasoning… more salt? more lemon juice or honey? Add a touch if needed.
- Remove from the food processor and store in a glass jar or tupperware container. You can keep your pesto in the fridge for up to a week.
Now prepare your pizza:
- Before using, drain and pat dry the strawberries to get rid of any excess liquid, which will make your pizza soggy!
- Heat up your oven to 425°F. Prepare a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.
- Place the slices of bacon on the parchment paper and bake in the oven until crispy—about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cut them into small pieces.
- Increase the heat of your oven to 500 °F. If using a pizza stone, allow the stone to heat in the oven for 30 minutes before baking on it.
- Stretch out one of the pizza dough rounds onto a pizza peel dusted with flour, or onto a parchment lined baking sheet (if not using a pizza stone).
- Spread the spinach pesto on top of the dough.
- Sprinkle on the strawberries, goat cheese, and bacon.
- Sprinkle with a pinch of salt (bacon is very salty, so you don’t need to add much), and drizzle with olive oil (about 2 tsp per pizza).
- Slide your pizza into the oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.
- Remove from the oven garnish, with some fresh basil. Serve immediately.
Not a fan of bacon or not a meat eater? No problem. Leave it off or try a turkey bacon or plant protein product!
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