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Spinach-Pesto White Pizza Recipe
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Spinach-Pesto White Pizza Recipe

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When my kids were really small, they were reluctant to eat their veggies and I had to get creative. I figured that because pesto is already green, it would be the perfect place for some spinach. The pizza was a big hit. —Janet Burbach, North Platte, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon prepared pesto, divided
  • 1 package (6 ounces) ready-to-use grilled chicken breast strips
  • 1 prebaked 12-inch pizza crust
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 453 calories, 22 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 956 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 30 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add spinach; cook and stir just until wilted. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 cup pesto. In a small bowl, toss chicken with remaining pesto.
  2. Place crust on an ungreased baking sheet. Spread with spinach mixture; top with chicken, mozzarella cheese and bacon. Drop ricotta cheese by rounded teaspoonfuls over top; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 slices.
Originally published as Spinach-Pesto White Pizza in Simple & Delicious August/September 2014

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

"Good filling pizza. I thought another flavor was needed, perhaps some saut?ed sweet onions. Next time I will try as the other reviewers did and saut? spinach in bacon drippings."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"My 12 year old vegetarian daughter loves this recipe. She just replaces the meat with veggies. We substituted garlic Naan for the pizza dough, which not only gives it more flavor, but makes it even easier to make. If I want to make a meat dish for the rest of the family, we just throw this together for her."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"This is a simple and delicious recipe! Like the other reviewer I used the bacon drippings to wilt the spinach. My family also likes this with fresh spinach added to the top after baking."

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2014

"A simple & quick recipe that really delivers the flavor. We loved this pizza and will be making it again. I didn't use the olive oil but just wilted the spinach in the bacon drippings."

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