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Pepperoni Florentine Pizza

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8 servings

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

pizza with spinach alfredo sauce pepperoni and tomatoes on non stick pizza pan

Pepperoni Florentine Pizza

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.

close up of pepperoni florentine pizza on non stick pizza pan

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.

server scooping piece of pepperoni florentine pizza

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.

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Pepperoni Florentine Pizza

Pesto spinach alfredo sauce, tomatoes and pepperoni come together in an unexpected way! Creamy, spicy, juicy, cheesy — it’s everything you need.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 8 servings
Calories 162cal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Devour.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 162cal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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    • Ashley says

      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!

  1. Rach @ EazyPeazyMealz says

    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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