Pepperoni Florentine Pizza

Can I just let the pictures do the talking on this one?

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This comes back to my issue with naming recipes. I had this crazy idea to make a pepperoni pizza with a spinach-pesto-alfredo sauce and tomatoes. It was awesome! But now what do I call it? Pepperoni pizza with Spinach Pesto Alfredo sauce? Isn’t that too long? Spinach Pesto Pepperoni Tomato Alfredo Pizza? Too awkward.

So, around here, if you order something deemed as Florentine, you’ll typically get spinach, tomato and mozzarella cheese. I figured this was the easiest way I knew to shorten up the title of my pizza and still give you an idea what it’s all about.

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I know here we are eating “Italian food” and in Italy they eat real Italian food, but I’ve been to Italy, and to Florence, so I feel like I can call my pizza whatever I want. My apologies to any real Italians out there.

On the other hand, I did my research and apparently “Florentine” in cooking means with spinach, so it’s technically not wrong, it just might not carry all the weight I wanted it to.

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How was that for a tangent?

I apologize for feeling like I need to explain to you how I came up with every recipe title.

So this pizza.

Oh. My. Word.

I had been wanting to get a little crazier with my pizza combinations, and I thought this was a good place to start. I bought a whole stick of pepperoni from the grocery store and sliced it in my food processor.

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I was going to stick with just the pepperoni and the spinach pesto alfredo sauce, but I opened my fridge and there was half a can of diced tomatoes I’d been itching to get rid of. Perfect. Just like a Manitoban Florentine.

The creaminess of this sauce is such an awesome contrast to the spiciness of the pepperoni. And the tomatoes add a nice juicy bite and keep the texture interesting.

I’m just kind of obsessed with the combination of flavours and textures in this pizza — the spice, the cheese, the herbs, the fruity tomatoes…. Incredible.

Find my whole wheat pizza dough recipe here.
Find my Pesto Spinach Alfredo Sauce recipe here.

Pepperoni Florentine Pizza

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1 15" pizza

Pesto spinach alfredo sauce, tomatoes and pepperoni come together in an unexpected way! Creamy, spicy, juicy, cheesy -- it's everything you need.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe of Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (see recipe notes -- makes 2 pizzas)
  • 1 recipe Pesto Spinach Alfredo Sauce
  • Roughly 150-200g thinly sliced pepperoni (or about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes (if using canned, try to squeeze most of the liquid out first)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. As mentioned in the pizza dough recipe, preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bake crust without toppings for 8-10 minutes until puffed and dry to the touch.
  2. Spread sauce over the crust. Top with cheese, pepperoni and tomatoes (you could add the cheese on top, as I normally do, but I just love the look of the pepperoni all curled up and crispy on the edges).
  3. Bake another 8-12 minutes until crust is golden brown on the top and underneath.
  4. Devour.
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14 Responses to Pepperoni Florentine Pizza

  1. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet June 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    This pizza looks amazing!! Perfect for pizza night!
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    • Ashley June 11, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      Thanks Nanacy! I was a little surprised how good it was! I’m going to have to go over and check out those popsicles you posted — they sound amazing!

  2. Rach @ EazyPeazyMealz June 5, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    I saw this on IG, and I wanted it immediately. We were out of town in a place with only a tiny grocery store, so I ordered pizza, but am still thinking about it. Thought I would come comment and tell you I will be making this soon! Thanks for sharing.
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    • Ashley June 6, 2014 at 8:13 am #

      Thanks Rach! Let me know how you like it!

  3. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain June 5, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Mmmmm what an amazing flavor combo for pizza!! :D Gorgeous!
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    • Ashley June 5, 2014 at 11:19 am #

      Thanks so much!

  4. Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen June 5, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    That pesto spinach alfredo sauce sounds amazing! I vote it is “florentine” :)
    Can’t wait to try, pinned.
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    • Ashley June 5, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      Thanks Sherri!

  5. kita June 5, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    This pizza sounds amazing!

    • Ashley June 5, 2014 at 7:14 am #

      Thanks Kita!

  6. Matt Robinson June 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    You didn’t even need to write anything, the pics say it all. Amazing pizza!
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    • Ashley June 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

      Haha, thanks Matt! It was a bit of an experiment, but so good!

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