Spinoccoli Pizza

Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like pizza? I don’t think it’s possible to dislike it. I mean, even if you don’t like pepperoni, there’s sausage. Don’t eat meat? No worries, there are like, oh, I don’t know, over a thousand different combinations of veggies and such you can top it with. Don’t like red sauce? Try a white sauce. Alright, I’m babbling on and on, but you get the idea. Even if you think you won’t, you’ll most likely love this pizza. I think it would be great with a salad as your meal, or even cut small and served as an appetizer.

The recipe below, from Annie’s Eats, uses a homemade crust, and, while I usually make my own, I was busy with holiday cooking, so I opted for a roll of Pillsbury. If you chose to be lazy like I was, simply follow the temperature and baking directions on the package.


White Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • ¾ cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Pizza Dough
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • ½ cup packed baby spinach leaves, torn
  • 1 cup very small broccoli florets
  • 2 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • Grated Parmesan


White Sauce:

  1. 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.
  2. Whisk in the heavy 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, but with a little extra cheese it makes a great dipping sauce for crust.


  1. To make the pizza, preheat the oven and a pizza stone at 500˚ F for at least 30 minutes. Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round.
  2. Lightly brush the perimeter of the dough with olive oil. Spread a thin layer of the white sauce over the crust, leaving a border clear around the edge for the crust.
  3. Sprinkle the torn spinach leaves over the white sauce. Evenly distribute the broccoli florets over the dough. Layer evenly with the shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.
  4. Finish with additional grated Parmesan, if desired. Transfer the pizza to the preheated pizza stone and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before slicing and serving with the extra sauce.

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