My husband and I love homemade pizza, especially since it is so cheap and easy to make! This is one of our favorite recipes, in spite of how much I typically dislike ricotta. It is fantastic on this pizza! We usually buy our pizza dough at Publix (they sell it fresh in bags in the bakery section), but you can always make your own as well- it isn’t difficult or time intensive, we are just lazy. We hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp dried basil (or 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil)
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp minced garlic
3/4 tsp salt
Pizza dough (can buy fresh at Publix or make your own)
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 c. pizza sauce (see above)
1/2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 c. fresh spinach, torn into large pieces
1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 c. ricotta cheese
1 ripe tomato, thinly sliced
1. Prepare sauce: mix all ingredients together. Recipe will make enough sauce for about 3-4 pizzas, so you can store the extra sauce in the fridge for 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months
2. Place a baking stone on the oven rack in the bottom half of your oven, and another rack in the upper third of the oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
3. Place pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and stretch into a 12 inch circle. Place onto a 12-inch pizza screen or pan coated with cooking spray.
4. Brush the pizza dough with 1 tbsp olive oil; spread sauce across dough. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over sauce. Scatter spinach pieces on top of sauce, and then sprinkle garlic over the spinach.
5. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese across pizza. Using a teaspoon, arrange little globs of ricotta evenly over the top of the pizza; drizzle remaining olive oil across top of pizza.
6. Place pizza in oven on the upper rack; bake until crust is golden brown (about 10 minutes). Using a pizza peel (or other kitchen utensils), lift pizza off of screen and put directly on baking stone in bottom half of oven. Continue baking until bottom of crust is golden brown, about 3-4 more minutes.
7. Remove pizza and transfer to cutting board; arrange tomato slices on top. **
8. Slice, and enjoy!
** Alternately, if you prefer your tomato slices baked, add them on to the pizza before placing it on the baking stone (this is how we like it best!)