Three Cheese Pizza with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes and Spinach

Making Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Dean Helping Make Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Aaahh, Spring Break…  Always has been one of my favorite times of year. Well, at least it was, when I was in school. My 5 year old son is on Spring Break, right now, and I am not taking any days away from work, so I am a little stressed about keeping him busy and not glued to the TV.  It is only Monday and I am already running out of ideas.

Today, I decided we would spend some time cooking together. First we got out the juicer and made spinach, orange, lemon, apple juice. Looked like a pitcher of tie-dye before we stirred it! Not exactly my best creation ever, but Dean drank it and liked it. Next we roasted tomatoes for a pizza. Making pizza with kids is great fun because they can do their own thing, once you have a good base.

The pizza we made was non-traditional, but still quite delicious. The base is a light spread of pesto, with oven-roasted tomatoes. This is topped with fresh spinach and  ricotta, parmesan and mozarella cheeses.  I used a store-bought crust which was pretty average, unfortunately. Next time, I will make my own crust and include the recipe. If you have a good one, please send it to me!!

Recipe for Pizza3 Cheese Pizza, with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, and Spinach

1 Store Bought Pizza Crust (or Preferrably, Make Your Own)
1 TBSP Olive Oil
1/8 Cup Basil Pesto (Store-bought is OK, or Make Your Own)
1 Tsp Kosher Salt
Oven Roasted Tomatoes (made from 2 Pounds Cocktail Tomatoes)
Approx. 1/2 Cup Ricotta Cheese (whole milk or skim)
1/3 Cup Shaved Parmesan Cheese
1 Cup Baby Organic Spinach Leaves
1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

Baste crust with olive oil, paying special attention to the outside edge of the crust. Take a small spatula and spread pesto over center of the pizza.  It should not be too thick, just lightly spread. Sprinkle kosher salt over pizza. Attractively and evenly lay the roasted tomatoes over the top of the pizza. Where you see pesto through the tomatoes, drop small dollops all over top of pizza. Since this is a pizza, measurements for toppings don’t have to be exact. Feel free to use a little more or less of something if you want to.

Sprinkle 1/3 cup parmesan cheese over tomatoes and ricotta. Evenly spread spinach leaves on top of pizza.
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Finish by evenly spreading 1/2 Cup of Mozarella cheese over the top of the pizza. Bake at 450 degrees for 7-8 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is golden.  Serves 3-4.

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