Spinach Ricotta Pizza

Mix up pizza night with this Spinach Ricotta Pizza! Using ricotta cheese for “sauce,” this pizza is extra creamy…and extra delicious!

Mix up pizza night with this Spinach Ricotta Pizza!  Using ricotta cheese for "sauce," this pizza is extra creamy...and extra delicious!

Laura and I have been making our own pizza dough for years – in fact, I’d say it’s one of those recipes that ranks among our “household specialties.” We all have recipes like that, right? Those go-to recipes that you (almost) know by heart. The ones you could make again and again without ever getting sick of ’em. For us, pizza dough is one of those recipes.

Mix up pizza night with this Spinach Ricotta Pizza! Using ricotta cheese for "sauce," this pizza is extra creamy...and extra delicious!

As Robbie has gotten older (and discovered his own love for pizza), I’ve gotten to where I make an extra half batch of pizza dough every time we have a pizza night. I start his earlier, and he eats a couple slices of his pizza while Laura and I make our pizza. It’s a production, but again…I love it. I’ll do anything for pizza!

Spinach Ricotta Pizza

As I was making this Spinach Ricotta Pizza, Robbie was sitting at the table watching me put the toppings on our pizza.

Robbie: “But Dad, that isn’t a pizza.”
Me: “What do you mean? Of course it’s a pizza.”
Robbie: “But you didn’t put any sauce on it.”

Mix up pizza night with this Spinach Ricotta Pizza! Using ricotta cheese for "sauce," this pizza is extra creamy...and extra delicious!

He makes a good point. This pizza is different from a traditional pizza, but it’s still delicious! Instead of a classic tomato-based pizza sauce, the base of this pizza is a seasoned ricotta cheese mixture. Ricotta cheese, minced garlic, Italian herbs. The result is a creamy and delicious pizza! I also added chopped spinach and sliced red onions on top for a boost of flavor.

Mix up pizza night with this Spinach Ricotta Pizza! Using ricotta cheese for "sauce," this pizza is extra creamy...and extra delicious!

As Laura and I were sitting in the basement eating this pizza (and binging on The Last Kingdom on Netflix), she commented that this pizza reminded her of stuffed shells…just in pizza form. She’s kinda right! The flavors are all there, just in pizza form. In fact, next time we make this pizza, I could see serving it with marinara sauce on the side for dipping. (Stuffed shells typically call for marinara sauce in addition to the ricotta filling.)

Mix up pizza night with this Spinach Ricotta Pizza! Using ricotta cheese for "sauce," this pizza is extra creamy...and extra delicious!

If you’re looking to mix up pizza night in your house, give this Spinach Ricotta Pizza a try. It’s a delicious combination of flavors, and we certainly plan on making this one again soon! Cheers!

Did you make this Spinach Ricotta Pizza at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!

Mix up pizza night with this Spinach Ricotta Pizza! Using ricotta cheese for "sauce," this pizza is extra creamy...and extra delicious!

Spinach Ricotta Pizza

Mix up pizza night with this Spinach Ricotta Pizza! Using ricotta cheese for "sauce," this pizza is extra creamy…and extra delicious!
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 205kcal

Ingredients

  • 16- oz. pizza dough homemade or store-bought
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp Italian seasonings divided
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 8 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 10- oz. frozen chopped spinach thawed
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onions
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 460°F.
  • Roll pizza dough into a 15-16” round circle. Place dough on a piece of parchment paper.
  • In a small dish, combine the olive oil, 2 tsp Italian seasonings, salt and garlic powder. Brush this mixture around the outer 1” of the dough. (This will become the crust for the pizza.)
  • Using a small bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, remaining 1 tsp Italian seasonings and minced garlic. Using an offset spatula, spread the ricotta mixture evenly on top of pizza dough.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly on top of ricotta.
  • Place thawed spinach in a colander and press firmly to drain as much liquid as possible. Sprinkle spinach evenly on top of cheeses. (Note: Adjust amount of spinach to your personal preferences. We used ~½ of a 10-oz. package on this version.)
  • Finally, spread red onions and grated Parmesan on top.
  • Bake at 460°F for 12-13 minutes, or until pizza crust is golden brown in color.
Mix up pizza night with this Spinach Ricotta Pizza! Using ricotta cheese for "sauce," this pizza is extra creamy...and extra delicious!

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22 Comments

  1. Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use vegan cheeses and spring onions instead as am not a big fan of red onions i never had spinach ricotta pizza before i love pizza sooooooooooooo much perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    1. Hey Ramya! I haven’t used vegan cheeses on pizza before, but I suspect they would work quite well. This is a fun pizza, and I highly recommend making one at home! Let me know if you make it!

    1. Oh, I second that comment for sure, Kathy! Homemade pizza nights are the best. We have a new favorite take-out place here, but we still prefer homemade pizza nights. This one was a really fun (and tasty) way to mix things up, too!

  2. While I love a good old classic tomato sauce-based pizza, I equally love “white pizza”, too. I can probably have a pizza even without any sauce at all because that still would be delicious. I’m a huge fan of ricotta on a pizza which makes this version perfect for me!

    1. You and me both, Ben! There is something about a classic pizza that will keep drawing me back, but I do love a good white pizza. This one is fantastic!! You should plan a pizza and movie night this weekend!

  3. 5 stars
    Homemade pizza is the BEST and this spinach ricotta version looks like a real winner. Um, do you deliver? 😉 And so freaking cheesy. Kinda wishing I hadn’t seen this so early in the day…craving pizza real bad right now. Love the idea of serving it with marinara sauce. I definitely see a pizza night in my future real soon!!

    1. I completely agree with you about homemade pizza nights! Truthfully, that’s one of my all-time favorites. A weekend night with homemade pizza in the oven and drinks afterward? Count me in! Also…I’m always craving pizza. 🙂

  4. We love making homemade pizza too David, but it would be a stretch for me not to have a tomato base, however yours looks delicious, love a cheese and spinach combination. Might give this a try for a change. Great post, thanks.

    1. Hey Pauline! I hear ya on red sauce – there’s something about a classic pizza that will always have me coming back. But it’s fun to mix it up, and a good white pizza truly is delicious! It’s worth giving this one a shot for sure!

  5. 5 stars
    Thanks for this David! Our local Italian does an amazing spinach and ricotta pizza which is one of Lynne’s favourites to have when we’re there. With us cutting back on going out due to everything going up in price at least I’ll be able to make one of her favourites at home now. Cheers!

    1. I hear ya, Neil – prices over here are insane right now, too. Homemade is the way to go when that happens…plus it’s hard to beat a homemade pizza! This version is quite fantastic, and I highly recommend it. Cheers, buddy!

  6. 5 stars
    Y’all are building some amazing food memories with Robbie – and, at this point, am willing to bet he is going to become a chef or food critic! 🙂
    This pizza without the sauce looks so glorious! The cheese has melted PERFECTLY with those toppings – making it look like a sea of cheese! Gosh – I could so devour half of this – saving this to make when lil S is over!

    1. Hah – you might think so about Robbie, but his menu is still SO limited. He’s just “afraid” to try new things. But pizza? He’ll try that! This pizza was a gigantic hit in our house. I do enjoy a traditional red sauce pizza, but mixing it up with a white pizza is always fun!

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