Easy Ricotta Spinach Pizza Recipe [White Pizza]

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This recipe is for a ricotta spinach pizza and is a great alternative to a standard red sauce pizza. If you want something a little different for pizza night, but that’s still an easy Italian recipe, and absolutely tastes great… this is it!

ricotta spinach pizza

The recipe can be made for a lunch or a light dinner. If I want to use it for dinner, I just add more sides such as a salad, or serve it with a pasta dish. I think it makes a great combination.

I say that because it’s not a super filling heavy type of pizza. It uses ricotta cheese, mixed with herbs and spinach. It’s very delicious and one of my favorite Italian white pizzas that I enjoy making.

Perfect for kids too – a fun way to get them to eat their spinach – well okay, us adults too. 🙂

What is a Ricotta Spinach Pizza

I like to think of this pizza as an open-faced calzone. It can also be called a white pizza since it doesn’t require a typical traditional pizza sauce.  Instead of spreading pizza sauce as the bottom layer, we use the ricotta spinach mixture for the pizza base.

This recipe is extremely flexible, and yet very simple. It doesn’t need a lot of different cheeses like mozzarella, parmesan, or my favorite – romano. All you need for an amazingly delicious pizza is the ricotta – I promise!

I’ll give you the exact recipe I use below. But I’ll also provide you with some ideas for variations of this pizza that you can use to modify the recipe.

Suggested Equipment

Ingredients Needed

ingredients for ricotta spinach pizza
The Essential Baking Company Artisan Thin Crust Pizza 2 pack (10 inches each)

Pizza dough. I keep things simple and easy by using a store bought thin pizza dough. The one I used in the images here are organic crusts I conveniently purchase online from Thrive Market. You can use a homemade pizza dough if you want. I provide baking instructions at the bottom of the post.

Olive oil. Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil. We use it on the pizza crust and to drizzle on top at the end.

Ricotta cheese. Use whole milk ricotta cheese. It has a nice and creamy texture.

Garlic. We use the real deal here and mince the garlic. Wow the flavor! I prefer not to use garlic powder – I much prefer a fresh garlic clove.

Spinach. I use frozen chopped spinach in this recipe. It’s more economical, easier to buy and store, and it works perfectly for creating the spinach and ricotta pizza spread. If using fresh, then cook it over a pan on medium heat to make sauteed spinach. Then drain and press out any excess liquid.

Fresh tomato. This is for the topping and it’s best to use fresh since we’ll slice the tomatoes. I don’t use canned tomatoes in this recipe.

How to Make a Ricotta Spinach Pizza

The full detailed recipe is in the recipe card at the end of the post. But here are the steps you’ll take for making this easy white pizza.

1- Place your pizza on a pizza pan. I don’t place it directly on the rack because the olive oil can easily drip and cause a mess. I’ve had this happen when the pizza got soft and tore a little due to the oven rack.

PRO TIP: If using homemade pizza dough, just prepare it as usual then follow the next steps, except rub olive oil in the pan before placing the rolled dough in it.

olive oil garlic spread on pizza crust

2- In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil and minced garlic. The garlic will help season the olive oil during this process. Then spread the mixture over the pizza.

3- Thaw and drain the frozen spinach. If it’s still frozen, just zap it in the microwave. Then place the spinach in a strainer and squeeze out any excess water.

4- Mix the drained spinach and the ricotta cheese together in a large bowl until it’s blended nicely.

ricotta spinach mixture spread on pizza

5- Spread the ricotta spinach mixture evenly over the pizza, leaving a space for the crust, about ½” or whatever you want.

6- Next, slice the tomato into very thin slices. You don’t want them too thick. Place them around the pizza however you see fit.

layer tomatoes on top

7- Finally, drizzle any of the remaining garlic/olive oil mixture on top.

8- Bake in the oven according to the package instructions. Mine is for 425F for 13-15 minutes. This is enough time to heat the ricotta through, bake the crust, and cook down the tomatoes.

9- Remove from the oven when pizza crust is golden brown and all toppings are heated through.

Using Homemade Pizza Dough

If using your own pizza dough, I recommend cooking the pizza at 350F or 400F for about 15 minutes. Your time and temp may vary depending on a number of factors such as the following.

  1. Thickness of the pizza
  2. Type of pizza dough (whole wheat or white flour)
  3. Oven temperature. Different ovens cook differently. Sometimes I cook my pizzas in my Breville Smart Oven Pro, while other times I use my regular size kitchen oven. Each cooks them slightly different. So just keep an eye on the pizza.

Pizza Recipe Variations

Obviously, I hope you like my pizza recipe as is, but that doesn’t mean you can’t modify it even further. Here are some creative ideas you can try.

  1. Use a mix of cheeses, such as goat cheese or fresh mozzarella, or parmesan cheese.
  2. Drizzle some pasta sauce over top – even decreasing or removing the sliced tomatoes.
  3. Use fresh baby spinach by adding it to the pizza 5 minutes before it’s done cooking.
  4. Add additional toppings such as red onions, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, red pepper flakes, or even fresh basil.
  5. Mix in some additional Italian herbs in the ricotta spinach mixture, such as parsley and a small dash of oregano.

Does the Ricotta Mixture Make the Pizza Soggy?

pizza with ricotta and spinach

This is one reason why I recommend that you use a pre-made crust from the store – the reason is because they are denser and won’t turn into a soggy mess.

However, even with a homemade dough, you can avoid the issue with sogginess by cooking the pizza longer at a lower temperature – such as 350F for 30 minutes. Make sure that the ingredients are drained of excess liquid as much as you can.

Don’t forget however the thinner the pizza is, the more likely the ricotta and other toppings will slightly soak through. Another way to avoid this is to precook your pizza dough after rolling it out, so it’s half-way cooked when placing the toppings on it. I’ve done this on a number of occasions.

Plus, by using a store bought crust, you save yourself a lot of time, which is always helpful! If not, you can make my simple Italian pizza dough recipe which is very convenient. Check out my post on what is focaccia as that also uses pizza dough to make an amazing Italian flat bread.

Side Dishes that go with this Pizza

midnight pasta

Midnight pasta – this recipe is perfect for a simple side dish of pasta. It’s called midnight pasta because it is so quick and easy – even at midnight!

sauteed zucchini

Sauted Zucchini. Keeping along the veggie theme, cook up some Italian seasoned sauteed zucchini. Super quick and easy!

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Simple Salad. Need I say more? Chop up some lettuce and mix with either just olive oil and vinegar or spruce things up with my oregano lemon vinaigrette.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for my ricotta and spinach pizza. It’s a winner in my house and I hope it is in yours too. If you have your own method for making this, feel free to share in the comments below!

Watch my video below to see how easy and simple this pizza is to make! Yes, that’s me many moons ago. 🙂

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Ricotta Spinach Pizza

An easy Italian pizza with ricotta and spinach
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Course: Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 298kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza crust (store bought) see section on homemade dough
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese whole ricotta, not skim
  • 1 cup thawed and drained frozen spinach
  • 1/8 tsp salt optional
  • 1 large tomato sliced thin

Instructions

  • Preheat 400 degrees F. or according to package instructions
    1 pizza crust (store bought)
  • Mix minced garlic with about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and brush on top of crust.
    1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove
  • Mix ricotta, spinach and optional salt in separate bowl and spread on crust.
    3/4 cup ricotta cheese, 1 cup thawed and drained frozen spinach, 1/8 tsp salt
  • Add sliced tomatoes to create a top layer.
    1 large tomato sliced thin
  • Drizzle a little of the olive oil on top of tomatoes.
  • Place on middle rack in preheated oven.
  • Cook for 13-15 minutes (until pizza crust is golden brown).

Notes

  • Nutritional information is an estimate based on API settings.
  • Get creative and add your own ingredients/toppings – like olives or sliced onion.
  • This is not a heavy and hearty meal. It makes a great dinner or lunch, but to round it out, serve with sides such as salad, pasta, or vegetables. 

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10073IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 302mg | Iron: 2mg
Easy Ricotta Spinach Pizza Recipe [White Pizza]

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