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Deep Dish Spinach Ricotta Pizza

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This Deep Dish Spinach Ricotta Pizza is one pie you’ll want to make again and again!  Crazy good!

Deep Dish Spinach Ricotta Pizza
Deep Dish Spinach Ricotta Pizza

Deep Dish Spinach Ricotta Pizza

Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Comfort Food, Italian, Pizza
Recipe Type: 90/10 Kid Friendly, 90/10 Regular, 90/10 Vegetarian
Author: Heidi Boortz
Servings : 2 pizzas

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 3/8 cup water lukewarm
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 4 cups 100% whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

Filling

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen diced onions
  • 2 Tbsp bottled minced garlic
  • 3 cups mozzarella grated
  • 30 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce no sugar listed in ingredients
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil chopped, optional, for garnish

Instructions

Dough: Stand Mixer Method

  • Add liquids, then dry ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer. (Take care not to let yeast and salt touch.)
  • Fit mixer with dough hook. Mix on low speed until dough ball forms and cleans the sides of the bowl. (2-5 minutes)
  • (If dough ball is too sticky, add more flour, 1 T at a time. If it is too dry, add more water, 1 T. at a time.)
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Roll dough out into 2 16 inch circles.

Dough: Mix by Hand Method

  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. As soon as the dough is too tough to stir with a spoon, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead by hand 10 minutes, or until dough is pliable and doesn't stick to hands.
  • (If dough ball is too sticky, add more flour, 1 T at a time. If it is too dry, add more water, 1 T. at a time.)
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Roll dough out into 2 16 inch circles.

Pizza Assembly

  • Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add garlic and onion. Sauté until browned, about 1 minute. Add spinach. Cook until wilted, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Combine ricotta, mozzarella, eggs, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425.

 Grease 2 12 inch cast iron skillets or cake pans. Sprinkle with cornmeal (optional) or line with parchment. Press dough onto bottom and up sides of pans.
  • Spread half the sauce onto the dough on the bottoms of each pan. Using the back of a spoon, spread to the edges. Top each with 1/2 the spinach mixture, 1/2 the ricotta mixture, and 1/2 the parmesan.
  • Bake at 425 for 20 minutes or until crust is beginning to brown and filling is melty and bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.
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