Errrrmagosh. This pizza.

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I don’t know how to fully express my love.

Also, do you even know how long it’s been since I shared a recipe with bacon? Um. Too long. That’s how long.

It actually got so bad over here in bacon land that when I pulled some from my fridge a week or so ago, it was, like… rotting. Not rotting, but it was done. Gone. Had kicked the bucket. That rarely happens to me.

I think it just got lost in my fridge. The state of affairs in my fridge is another sad story. We recently had to get a new fridge and two weeks in I’m already destroying it. I need a game plan. One that probably involves clorox.

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The only action that bacon has been getting in my house lately has been at breakfast. Well, also at dinner because I keep making eggs for dinner. But my pizzas and salads had been sorely lacking. It’s all changed now though. Back to normal up in here.

It’s no secret that I’m a major fan of white pizza given my lack of tomato sauce love. Yes, sometimes I want REAL pizza, plain regular old pizza. But most times I want nutso pizza, good white pizza, pizza with tons of cheese and zero red sauce. I’ve been eating white pizza since I was a kid because my parents have always loved it – it has even inspired me to make white pizza dip and white pizza lasagna. So pinspired? Ew, is that a thing?

Oh so good. No, really. Those recipes could leave me to die happy.

But do you know how bad my vegetable loathing was? Back in the day, I wouldn’t even eat the tomatoes on a white pizza. I’d peel them off and throw them on my mom’s plate, then proceed to consume my dinner of bread covered in garlic and cheese. Normal. Totally normal.

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Not gonna lie here: I decided to make this pizza after a loooong post-Christmas shopping day a few weekends ago, when we just happened to find ourselves at CPK and the girl sitting next to me ordered this. I didn’t order it, which I instantly seemed to regret. The combo sounded intensely delicious to me and therefore appeared in my kitchen.

Because my tastebuds rule my world.

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White Pizza with Spinach and Bacon

Yield: makes 1 pizza, serves 2-4

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

dough
1 1/8 cups warm water
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

pizza
6 slices thick-cut bacon
8 ounces fresh spinach
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup freshly grated provolone cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated fontina cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated parmagiano-reggiano cheese

Directions:

dough
In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 2 1/2 cups flour and salt, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but is still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work in the additional 1/2 cup flour, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1-1 1/2 hours.

After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface. Using a rolling pin or your hands, form it into your desired shape (sometimes I use baking sheets and do rectangles or free form pizzas - this specific dough will yield one pizza large enough to feed about 3-4 people) and place on a baking sheet or pizza peel. Place the towel back over the dough and let sit in the warm place for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. (Sometimes I use a pizza stone and heat my oven to 450 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. If you're just using a baking sheet, follow the directions below for baking and set to 375 degrees.)

pizza
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook just until the fat has rendered - you don't want the bacon too crispy because it will cook more in the oven. Remove the bacon from the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Add the spinach and the garlic, stirring well. Cook until the spinach is wilted.

Brush the pizza dough with the olive oil. Cover it with scoops of the ricotta cheese, then evenly spread the remaining cheeses over top. Add on the spinach and the bacon. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until cheese and crust is golden and bubbly.

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74 Responses to “White Pizza with Spinach and Bacon.”

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    Kelly @ The Moon and Me — January 24, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    ugh…I just found you today and already I think my waistline is regretting it! ;)
    I love white pizza…and really…what’s not to love about spinach and bacon and fontina? This WILL be on our next homemade pizza.
    Kelly

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    Carolyn — January 24, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

    This sounds fantastic! Question though – what other cheese could I use instead of ricotta? My husband has a pretty intense aversion to it but I definitely want to make this pizza. Usually when lasagna calls for ricotta I just use cottage cheese, but I feel like that might be weird? Yeah?

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    • Jessica — January 27th, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

      you can just leave it out! use some extra of the other cheeses to make up for it.

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — January 24, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    I have not had a pizza with red sauce since ordering my first white pizza a bazillion years ago at Bonnie Brae pizza in Denver. Sold. Hooked. Line and Sinker.

    My favorite is one I recreated from a local pizzeria. Jalapeno, bacon and cream cheese. I might have to try it with some spinach added; then I could call it ‘healthy,’ :)

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    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — January 24, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    White Pizza is one of my favorites or pesto pizza, the other stuff is just plain old boring. :) This pizza sounds awesome! Can’t wait to give it a try, and yeah for bacon! Pinning!

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    Arthur in the Garden! — January 25, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    Great recipe!

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    Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes — January 27, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

    Seriously. You have done it again. This sounds so tasty I can’t even stand it! Can’t wait to try!

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    Kerstin — February 6, 2014 @ 5:39 am

    yyyyeeeessss :D this was my 1st white pizza but not the last and it was extremely delicious. I wasn t able to get all the different cheese but parmagiano + Mozarella was just fine. The combination of bacon + spinach is awesome. thank you for sharing the recipe

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — February 15, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

    No words can express how insanely delicious this pizza is! I made this last night for our annual Valentine’s Day Pizza night…let just say, I wasn’t willing to share!

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    Food Loves Beer — February 24, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    We love this recipe and want to feature it. I’ve sent you an email with details. Please tell me this is possible. Cheers!

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    Leslie — February 28, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    Making this tonight for my hubby and mom, who is an amazing chef. Busting out the big guns with a “How Sweet Eats” recipes :) Looks so light yet slightly sinful with that bacon.

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    Michelle Currier — May 14, 2014 @ 4:20 pm

    This looks amazing, and I am going to make it tonight! Just one question, do you precook your pizza dough at all, or is it just the pizza stone you preheat?

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