Spinach Pesto Pizza 2-Ways

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Spinach pesto pizza 2-ways, for picky eaters, with a spelt crust or wheat, meat or not but definitely lots of veggies hidden in the pesto sauce. 

spinach pesto pizza 2-ways
Spinach Pesto Pizza 2-Ways

Americans Love Pizza

Americans probably love pizza more than Italians. Why? Maybe because it makes us feel we are in Italy, if only for a moment!

Crusts, for pizza, have really changed over the years. Vegan crusts, gluten-free or the traditional wheat pizza crust makes it possible for everyone to find a pizza they can love. 

Pizza 2-Ways

Cauliflower pizza crust has made it possible for me to be able to make pizza for even my Keto family members. Quite honestly, a cauliflower crust, baked to a crispy finish, is quite spectacular. 

As for me and the hub, we both still like a carb laden, dough crust for our pizza. Hubby likes his wheat dough and I prefer a spelt dough

wheat and spelt pizza dough
Wheat and Spelt Pizza Dough

Lucky for me, I have perfected the making of both types of dough so that I can have them each whipped up in minutes. Rising time can take longer for the spelt dough so I simply make it with potato water. 

Water, in which I have boiled potatoes for another dish, has the perfect amount of starch to make the dough rise fast. The same works beautifully in using a gluten-free flour. 

Both types of homemade pizza dough rise in about an hour, giving plenty time to whip up the pesto, cook the bacon be ready for dinner. 

Store bought pizza dough or ready made cauliflower pizza crust are all great options for busy weeknights. 

Spinach Pesto Pizza

Tomato sauce is not the only sauce for a pizza, In fact, a popular cheese pizza, with tomato sauce, has very little nutrients in it to make it a complete meal. Nutritionally, that is. 

My Spinach Walnut Pesto is made with walnuts, lots of garlic, herbs and lemon. For this reason alone, this pizza sauce is already a complete meal. 

spinach walnut pesto
Spinach Walnut Pesto

Iron and fiber rich spinach. Antioxidant and omega rich walnuts. Immune boost garlic and vitamin C rich lemon juice and zest. 

Spread this pesto on a pizza crust and you have a delicious and nutritious pizza already. Want toppings? 

You and I both know the little one’s are going to zero in on ‘that green stuff’. Pesto sauce can be easily disguised and hidden by cheese and personal preferences to meats, such as bacon, meatballs or sausage. 

Pizza Toppings 2-Ways

Venison meatballs are my personal favorite topping on my spelt pizza crust. I make them just like I do my Grandmas Sneaky Meatballs, with veggies hidden inside. Hub likes bacon on his. Both pizzas are covered in cheese, melted to perfection and scrumptious. 

venison meatballs
Venison Meatballs

During the summer months, I grow lots of edible flowers. Don’t turn your nose up LOL! Edible flowers have many of the nutrients that herbs have. Flowers, in many ways, are herbs, just more colorful! 

For the pesto pizza 2-ways, I have prepared for you here, both have meat, though you can certainly leave it off and cover the top with beautiful nasturtium flowers! 

Nasturtium flowers taste much like radishes, which goes perfectly with the pesto sauce. 

How To Make Pesto Pizza 2-Ways

First, you will want to make the Spinach Walnut Pesto. This is an easy to make pesto that whips up in less than 15-minutes. Freezes perfectly so it is ready when you are. 

saute spinach and walnut pesto
Saute Spinach and Walnut Pesto

Secondly, you will need to either make the Spelt Dough and/or Wheat Dough, or buy a pizza dough. 

pizza dough rolled
Pizza Dough Rolled

Trader Joes (no I don’t work with them), have both a whole wheat and a regular pizza dough in the refrigerator section. You will use it exactly as the instructions in my recipe will explain. 

Finally, the dough gets rolled out, pesto spread on top, oven set to 400, any other topping you want go on top and the pizza bakes in 18-minutes!

Ingredients Needed

pizza 2-ways ingredients
Pizza 2-Ways Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • 2 Pizza pans
  • Rolling pin
  • Frying pan
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Basting brush
  • Stovetop or burner
  • Oven

Spinach Pesto Pizza 2-Ways

Recipe by rdaumitCourse: PizzaCuisine: Mediterranean
Servings

4

servings

Spinach pesto pizza 2-ways, with a spelt crust or wheat, meat or not but definitely lots of veggies hidden in the pesto sauce. 

Ingredients

  • Wheat pizza dough – 16 oz homemade or store bought

  • Spelt pizza dough – 16 oz homemade or store bought

  • Flour – 1/4 cup

  • Spinach Walnut Pesto – 8 oz

  • Mozzarella cheese – 12 oz, sliced

  • Olive oil – 1/4 cup

  • Bacon – 1/2 lb

  • Sneaky meatballs – 12 small, cooked

  • Fresh spinach or arugula – 1 cup, finely chopped

  • Nasturtium flowers – 12 blossoms (optional)

Directions

  • Cut the bacon in half and cook on top of the stove just until the edges begin to brown but not to the point of crisp. Cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 400.
  • Roll out each dough, on a floured surface and place on the pizza pans.
  • Brush a little olive oil around the edges of the crust. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove.
  • Spread the spinach walnut pesto on top of both pizzas. Sprinkle a little fresh spinach or arugula on top. Place the bacon on one and meatballs on the other. Place the cheese on top. Return to the oven for 7- 8 minutes.
  • Place the Nasturtium flowers on top, if using, cut and serve.

Recipe Video

spinach pesto pizza 2-ways
Spinach Pesto Pizza 2-Ways
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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