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Veggie Calzone Pizza

April 8, 2011

Solomon and I are big, big fans of making pizza at home.  I mean, who doesn’t like pizza?  Our pizzas are always vegetarian (we keep a kosher home-cheese and meat don’t mix), and almost always delicious.  The pizza we made last night was no exception.

To me, it tasted a bit like the insides of a veggie calzone were put on a pizza.  I know that sounds weird since you can make a veggie calzone out of any pizza topping, but having creamy ricotta mixed right in with the toppings really brought out that calzone taste.  This pizza was a combination of 2 different pizzas we found in Pizza: Grill It, Bake It, Love It!

Here’s what you need:

  • A dough (homemade or store bought)
  • drizzle olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 10 oz. mushrooms
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 oz. baby spinach
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

First, preheat your oven to 450*.  Warm up your pizza stone, or whatever method you use to cook pizza.

Heat up the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Cook the mushrooms for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until they begin to give off their juices.

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Add the garlic and wilt in the spinach.

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Once the spinach has wilted add the wine, nutmeg and pepper.  Cook, stirring constantly until the pan becomes dry (this took awhile).

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Since you opened a bottle of wine to cook with, have a drink (don’t worry, Aaron was in bed for the night).  Marvel at the fact that this was only $2.99 at Whole Foods.  Yes, I got something at Whole Foods for less than the price of my college education.

Anyway, while this is cooking away, you can lay out your dough, and cover it with tomato sauce.

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Once the veggie mixture is cooked, add the ricotta to the pan.

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Combine the cheese with the veggies and spread on top of the pizza.

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Hmmmmm…it definitely looks like spinach artichoke dip. 

Finally, sprinkle the mozzarella on top, and cook for 15 minutes until the cheese starts bubbling and the crust is cooked.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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That slice is a mess, huh?

So good, chock full of veggies and just delicious!

What’s your favorite pizza?  Do you like to make pizza at home?

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jillian permalink
    April 9, 2011 1:26 am

    We have homemade pizza here maybe once every two weeks or so – TJs pizza dough, it’s on Ryan’s diet, homemade sauce, mozzarella cheese and a little sliced pepperoni…simple but delicious 🙂

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