07 February 2007

Pizza Florentine!

If I was really Martha Stewart, I would make my own pizza dough from scratch, grow my own spinach and probably even make my own sausage. But... who has time? So, I thank my friend Trader Joe for his help in supplying ingredients.

olive oil
1 bag TJ's plain pizza dough
tomato sauce
1 bag baby spinach (I used about half)
Basil-Pesto Chicken Turkey sausage (I forget the brand name but it comes fully cooked and is about $5 for a pkg of 5 sausages)
mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 450. Brush about 1 T. (eyeball it like Rachel Ray) onto a pizza pan or baking sheet. Flatten dough and shape into a circle. Spread tomato sauce onto the dough (I used about 1/4 cup)

Rinse and coarsely chop about half the bag of spinach (perhaps about 4 cups?). Pile it on top of the sauce. It will be a tall pile, but it will shrink! Don't worry :)

Chop one sausage and scatter over spinach. Top with mozzarella, then a bit of parmesan. Bake 18-20 minutes; let cool for 3-5.

Serves 4 normal, or 2 famished people
Let me tell you why this pizza is the absolute best. The spinach makes the pizza feel healthy, because you know you are eating lots of greens. Ken said, "should we have salad too?" and I said, "the salad is IN the pizza!" :) One thing I was wondering was if it would be flavorful enough since there is a TON of spinach. But there was enough cheese, super-flavorful sausage and tangy tomato sauce to stand up to the spinach. It was a nice balance.


Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should add more greens to the pizza like... weed.

Katie said...

Yes, it was a VERY good pizza!!!~~kt

emiline said...

Thanks KT. By the way it is not as good the next day.

Next time, I will try weed. Does anyone know where I can get some?

Anonymous said...

weed is bad, but good on pizza.

Anonymous said...

Great recipe once again! We enjoyed this. We used the wheat TJ pizza dough and liked that. Matt loved the spinach on the pizza. Thanks again and keep the good recipes coming! :)