Can I just let the pictures do the talking on this one?
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.
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.
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.
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.
- ½ 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)
- ½ cup diced tomatoes (if using canned, try to squeeze most of the liquid out first)
- 1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 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.
- 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).
- Bake another 8-12 minutes until crust is golden brown on the top and underneath.