This delicious white sauce pizza is topped with basil pesto, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, spinach, and olives, and has a whole wheat crust!
There’s nothing that says, “It’s the weekend!” like a good homemade pizza. I threw this recipe together on a whim yesterday evening, and it turned out to be one of the best pizzas I’ve ever made. (Seriously? How does that happen?) I couldn’t wait to share it!
I tend to migrate from one pizza crust recipe to another, because I have several versions that I like. However, this easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod is one of my favorites, and I chose to use it for this pizza.
I made things easy on myself by using a store-bought white pizza sauce (in the same aisle as the other pizza sauces and pre-made crusts). I genuinely enjoy making my own sauces and seasonings, but hey, I don’t always have time for that (and neither do you, I’m sure). 🙂
Ever since I discovered the deliciousness of basil pesto, I’ve wanted to use it on a pizza. So I added some pesto along with the white sauce, and topped it with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, spinach, and green olives. I know green olives can be a polarizing food, so if you absolutely hate them you can leave them out. My husband despises green olives, so I topped his half of the pizza with a few pepperonis instead.
The owl approves. This pizza is delicious.
Spinach Basil Pesto White Pizza
- 1 large prepared whole wheat pizza crust, unbaked (14-inch)
- 1/2 cup white pizza sauce
- 1/3 cup basil pesto
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced OR 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup frozen, chopped/crushed spinach
- green olives (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and place prepared pizza crust on lightly greased pizza pan or baking stone.
Spread pizza sauce and pesto evenly over crust. Sprinkle with oregano and minced garlic. Add half of the mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and crushed spinach evenly over pizza and then add remaining mozzarella cheese. Top with green olives if desired.
Bake for 16-19 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
~K in the Kitchen