Pizza night around here is never that simple, though. My husband requires some meat on his pizza and the kids will only eat plain cheese. So that leaves me with this:
We make a lot of pizza, completely from scratch. The crust is done in the food processor, and I love how it turns out because it's so much less sticky than what you buy at the grocery store. And since it's made in the food processor, there's no stirring or kneading and takes just a few minutes. The sauce is also made from scratch because it tastes better than the sweet jarred pizza sauce. So the kids get red sauce and a cheese blend, my husband in this case got hamburger, bacon, and tomato with red sauce, and I made myself a favorite: white pizza with ricotta and spinach.
Spinach Ricotta Pizza
1 small container part skim ricotta cheese
3 T dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1 tsp Emeril's essence seasoning.
Fresh baby spinach
Shredded mozzarella cheese / Italian cheese blend
Roll out the crust to the desired shape, brush with olive oil. Mix the ricotta cheese with the dried seasonings and spread an even layer on the crust. Top with the baby spinach and then the shredded cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until top cheese is browned.
*For those who want the crust recipe:
Combine one package active dry yeast with 1 tsp sugar and 2/3 cup warm water. Wait 10 minutes for yeast to foam. In a food processor, combine 1 2/3 cup of flour and 1 1/2 tsp of salt. With the processor running, add the yeast mixture and 2 tsp. olive oil. Blend until dough forms.
I hope you'll give it a try! And make sure to check out the other bloggers/food partiers:
Paige from Little Nostalgia
Heidi from Rowhouse14
Marilyn from Pulp Sushi
Meg from 18 Preston
Kelsey from Be Like the Fox