Mushroom Spinach White Pizza - creamy ricotta with sauteed mushroom and spinach is a match made in heaven! Takes less than 30 minutes to make this soon-to-be your favorite white pizza!
Ah, the football season is back!
Although I'm not a huge football fan, I love me some good game day food!
The essential criteria for a good game day food depend on how convenient the food is to eat while watching the game. Think about all the classic game day food - chicken wings, nachos, hot dogs, and sliders!
That's why pizza is perfect for a game day. You can hold pizza in one hand and drink on the other! Do you see what I'm saying?
What is White pizza and how it's different from Red pizza?
Red pizza is a pizza made with tomato sauce. It's the most well-known and popular pizza. White pizza, also known as pizza Bianca, is any type of pizza made without red tomato sauce. In Italy, pizza Bianca is a pizza with mozzarella and/or parmesan cheese with a drizzle of olive oil and salt.
Conventional white pizza VS. my white pizza
When you search for white pizza recipes, you will come across many recipes with alfredo-like sauce for the pizza. The white pizza sauce is often made with butter, milk, parmesan cheese, and/or cream cheese. Mine requires NO white sauce. So what goes into my white pizza? Read on!
Ingredients in Mushroom Spinach White Pizza
- Pizza dough - You can use store-bought dough. But I have an easy pizza dough recipe (using a stand mixer) right here! Don't have a stand mixer? No problem! Check out my pizza dough recipe by hand here.
- Ricotta cheese - this is an equivalent ingredient to a white sauce
- Herbs - I like to use Italian dried herbs with extra dried basil
- Mushroom - You can use any type of mushroom. I used button mushroom for this recipe.
- Spinach - I like to sauteed fresh baby spinach leaves.
- Shredded mozzarella
How to customize
- You can always put dollops of ricotta on your pizza for extra creaminess
- Experiment with other cheese - People told me they added dollops of goat cheese for tanginess, grated parmesan cheese, and even Mexican blend shredded cheese
- Other toppings - Artichoke, tomato (sun-dried or slices), fresh basil, arugula, caramelized onions will all make great toppings
- Elevate your pizza crust by brush with garlic butter or stuff it with mozzarella or leftover ricotta cheese mixture
How to reheat the pizza
There are several ways to reheat your pizza.
- Microwave - it is the most convenient way to reheat the pizza but it will make your pizza very chewy, especially the crust part.
- On a stovetop - You can reheat your pizza on a skillet with a lid on top. This will reheat your pizza nicely with your cheese all gooey and melty without changing the texture of the crust.
- Toaster oven/oven - This is another convenient way but I like the toaster oven option (350F for 5-6 minutes) better since I don't have to preheat the oven. However, it takes a longer time to reheat.
- Air fryer - This is my recently discovered way! You can place the pizza slices in the air fryer basket and cook between 320F to 330F for 2-4 minutes. It's a speedy and delicious way to reheat your leftover pizza.
I hope my mushroom spinach white pizza will make an appearance on your game day soon! Happy eating!
Are you looking for more tasty pizza recipes?
- Check out my sausage, pepper, and onion white pizza. This recipe comes with a vegetarian option using plant-based sausage.
- Or you might enjoy air-fried Korean sausage bread. It's like pigs in the blanket meet the hot dogs and pizza! Intrigued? You should check it out 😉
- How about a Detroit-style pizza? The soft and cheesy crust will make you fall in love with this unique style of pizza.
Mushroom Spinach White Pizza
Mushroom Spinach White Pizza - creamy ricotta with sauteed mushroom and spinach is a match made in heaven! Takes less than 30 minutes to make this deliciousness!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 2 large pizzas 1x
- Category: Main course
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: Italian-Inspired
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1 cup ricotta cheese, (plus 2-3 tablespoons, optional)
- ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon dried basil
1 package button mushroom, sliced
1 teaspoon butter
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
2-3 cups baby spinach leaves
1 teaspoon oil
½ teaspoon garlic powder
⅔ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- On a medium-size non-stick skillet, add the sliced mushroom and cook on high heat for a couple of minutes. The water from the mushroom will start to extract and evaporate.
- Once the water from the mushroom started to evaporate and the mushroom turns slightly brown, add the butter and dried thyme to the mushroom. Stir frequently and cook for an additional minute or two. Take them off the skillet and set them aside.
- On the same skillet, add the oil and spinach leaves. Sprinkle garlic powder and pinch of salt to the spinach and cook until all the spinach leaves are wilted, about 3-5 minutes.
- When the spinach is wilted, take it off from the heat and set it aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup of ricotta cheese, ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning, and ½ teaspoon of dried basil.
- Divide the pizza dough in half.
- Flour the working surface and start stretching the dough flat. Do the same for the other dough.
- Spread the ricotta mixture to each of the stretched pizza dough evenly and thinly.
- Add the cooked mushroom and spinach to both pizzas.
- Add ⅓ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (each) on top of the pizzas.
- Sprinkle red pepper flakes if you like spicy pizza. If not, skip this step.
- Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper on top.
- Place the pizzas in the oven and cook for 11-12 minutes.
- Take them out of the oven and enjoy them right away.
- Red pepper flakes are totally optional. If you don't like spicy food, please skip this ingredient altogether.
- If you like creamy pizza, dollops of ricotta will totally give you that creaminess.
- Other great topping options are grated parmesan cheese and/or a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
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