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Spinach Pizza with Gorgonzola & Red Onion

February 19, 2019 (Last Updated: August 6, 2019)

This Spinach Pizza is made with a light, fluffy but crispy pizza base, wilted spinach, red onion and plenty of Gorgonzola and mozzarella cheese. It’s a fun and simple way to switch up pizza night and guaranteed to be a winner!

Pizza is pretty much loved by everyone and especially those who love Italian food, I mean, what beats a cheesy homemade pizza? Adding spinach to pizza is kinda new to me but omg it is SO delicious especially topped with oozy and strong blue cheese.

An overhead shot of a Spinach Pizza cut into slices with basil scattered around

When it comes to pizza there are just endless variations from the bases to toppings and I just can’t get enough of it, yup I could happily eat pizza every day and not get bored. I mean, maybe tight jeans but not bored.

The Pizza Dough

A great pizza has to have the best pizza crust and it really isn’t hard to make at all. I used my Best Basic Pizza Dough Recipe for this pizza crust and it comes out perfect every time!

The thing about traditional pizza dough is that you do need to prep ahead because the longer it’s left to rise the lighter and airier it will be. You want to give your pizza dough at least 4 hours proving before you roll it out and add your toppings.

If you’re short on time, however, I got ya covered! I also have a recipe for Instant Pizza Dough which has no rising time, kneading or yeast involved. It’s ready in only 10 minutes from start to finish and can be used straight away.

BUT this will make thin crust pizzas only and it won’t be as light and airy as traditional dough. That being said it’s a great compromise when you need pizza fast (we all have pizza needs ya know) and I use this pizza dough ALL the time with great results.

The Spinach Pizza Topping

The topping is super easy and uses only 5 ingredients; tomato sauce, fresh baby spinach, Gorgonzola cheese, red onion and mozzarella. For the tomato sauce, you can either use my Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce if you want to go all out or simply use pureed tomatoes (passata) out of the jar.

To be honest, if you use good quality pureed tomatoes then that’s all you need. I make an effort to make a good tomato sauce when that’s the main focus of the recipe such as when I’m making a Pizza Marinara or Margherita and there aren’t many other ingredients involved.

When choosing Gorgonzola, you can choose either dolce or piccante. Dolce with have a creamier consistency and the piccante variety is a little stronger in flavour, both work really well.

Top Tip: The spinach needs to be wilted in a pan beforehand and when you do it be sure to keep an eye on it, it’ll only take a minute or two. make sure the spinach is just wilted and no more or it will become soggy and release too much water. You don’t want that on your pizza.

How to Make Spinach Pizza with Gorgonzola & Red Onion – Step By Step

Add the fresh spinach to a large pan with a little olive oil and wilt on a medium heat. Once wilted remove from the pan and set aside (photos 1 & 2).

Next, roll out the pizza dough to fit a large baking tray. Dust the tray with a little semolina (or regular flour) and place the rolled out pizza crust on top. Top with pureed tomatoes (passata) and both cheeses (photo 3).

Step by step photos for making a spinach pizza

Scatter the wilted spinach and slices of red onion over the top (photo 4) then bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted.

Other Toppings that Would Work Well with Spinach

You don’t have to stick to red onion and gorgonzola, you can opt for different toppings such as mushrooms, thinly sliced bell peppers, marinated artichokes and any kind of cheese you like. It’s all about having fun and being creative.

Top Tips for Making the Best Pizza

  • If using traditional pizza dough you’ll need to prep it in advance and give it at least 4 hours to prove.
  • Make sure to sprinkle the baking tray with a little semolina or flour before transferring the pizza crust. This will stop the crust from sticking and give it a crisper base.
  • When wilting the spinach make sure not to cook it for too long is should be ‘just wilted’ or it’ll become too soggy and wet.
  • If you’re not keen on gorgonzola cheese then taleggio would be a great alternative it’s strong enough and melts perfectly.
  • If using fresh mozzarella make sure to dry it with kitchen paper to get rid of extra moisture.
  • Let the pizza sit for 2-3 minutes before cutting it.

A close up of a spinach pizza cut into slices with gorgonzola cheese and red onion

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Spinach Pizza with Gorgonzola and Red Onion

This Spinach Pizza is made with a light, fluffy but crispy pizza base, wilted spinach, red onion and plenty of Gorgonzola and mozzarella cheese. It's a fun and simple way to switch up pizza night and guaranteed to be a winner! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 large pizza (serves 2)
Calories 614kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 1/2 batch basic pizza dough **see notes
  • 2 oz (60g) Baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup (80g) Gorgonzola , cut into cubes
  • 1/2 Red Onion thinly slices
  • 4.4 oz (125g/1 ball) Mozzarella cheese , torn
  • 4 tbsp Pureed tomatoes (passata)
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt
  • semolina or flour for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to the highest temperature (around 250C/480F)
  • Add the fresh spinach to a large pan with a the olive oil and wilt on a medium heat. Once wilted remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Next, roll out the pizza dough to fit a large baking tray. Dust the tray with a little semolina (or regular flour) and place the rolled out pizza crust on top. Top with pureed tomatoes (passata) and both cheeses
  • Scatter the wilted spinach and slices of red onion over the top
  • then bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted.

Notes

The Pizza Dough
  • The toppings make enough for 1 large pizza that is enough for 2-3 people so you only need half a batch of the basic pizza dough. If you want to serve 4 simple make the full batch and double the toppings or choose different toppings for your second pizza.
Extra Tips for Making the Best Pizza
  • If using traditional pizza dough you'll need to prep it in advance and give it at least 4 hours to prove.
  • Make sure to sprinkle the baking tray with a little semolina or flour before transferring the pizza crust. This will stop the crust from sticking and give it a crisper base.
  • When wilting the spinach make sure not to cook it for too long is should be 'just wilted' or it'll become too soggy and wet.
  • If you're not keen on gorgonzola cheese then taleggio would be a great alternative it's strong enough and melts perfectly.
  • If using fresh mozzarella make sure to dry it with kitchen paper to get rid of extra moisture.
  • Let the pizza sit for 2-3 minutes before cutting it.

Nutrition

Calories: 614kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 983mg | Potassium: 497mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3705IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 569mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Helpful Info for All Recipes
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Find out more about how nutrition is calculated here
  • Check out our must have Italian Pantry Staples here
  • You can also find all our Essential Kitchen Tools for Italian Cooking here
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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Maria
    February 25, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Made this. Love all toppings. Great recipe.
    Thank you!

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    February 20, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    This sounds like my kind of pizza, so many of my favourite ingredients. It looks ever so delicious.5 stars

  • Reply
    Amy | The Cook Report
    February 20, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Loving all the flavour son here, homemade pizza is just the best!5 stars

  • Reply
    Noelle
    February 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    There is nothing better than veggies on a homemade pizza! Beautiful recipe, the dough turned out great and everyone loved it!5 stars

  • Reply
    Kate
    February 20, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I love spinach on pizza and this sounds so good with gorgonzola too!5 stars

  • Reply
    Jacqueline
    February 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    I rarely make pizza but, like many Italians, we eat it on average once a week! My favourite is hands down pizza with Gorgonzola. So, I’d love to try this one. Your dough looks beautiful. Very rustic! Have to give it a try!5 stars

  • Reply
    Dannii
    February 20, 2019 at 11:19 am

    I love adding spinach to a pizza for a bit of a green veggie boost.5 stars

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