I can’t believe I waited so long to try this pizza. With how often we eat homemade pizza in our house (pretty much weekly), I definitely should have tried this recipe sooner. I’ve wanted to ever since I first saw it posted on Annie’s blog, which was over a year ago. Well, now that I’ve tried it, I can say with certainty that I will be making it again soon, and often.
It’s amazing how such a simple combination- a little bit of white sauce, some tiny pieces of broccoli (which roast up beautifully as the pizza cooks), a bit of spinach and some cheese- can produce such a delicious pizza. But you don’t have to take my word for it, try it for yourself. Just try not to wait as long as I did before you really do!
Makes 1 pizza
For the white sauce:
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 tbsp. flour
- 3/4 cup milk (I used 2%), cream, or half-and-half
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 6 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
For the pizza:
- Pizza dough
- Olive oil, for brushing
- 1/2 cup packed baby spinach leaves, torn
- 1 cup very small broccoli florets
- 2 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
- Grated Parmesan
- To make the white sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until bubbling and light golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk or cream and garlic, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from the heat and whisk in the grated Parmesan until completely melted and smooth. Discard the garlic clove. (Note: This will make a bit more sauce than you need for the pizza.)
- To make the pizza, preheat the oven with a pizza stone inside at 500 degrees F for at least 30 minutes. Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round. Place dough on a sheet of parchment paper, placed on a baking sheet (for easy transfer to the pizza stone). Lightly brush the outside edges of the crust with olive oil. Spread a thin layer of the white sauce over the dough, leaving a border clear around the edge for the crust. Sprinkle the torn spinach leaves over the white sauce. Evenly distribute the broccoli florets over the dough. Sprinkle on the shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Finish with additional grated Parmesan, if desired.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Transfer the pizza on the parchment to the preheated pizza stone and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before slicing and serving.
Source: Annie’s Eats.