There are few foods that are more universally admired than the illustrious pizza. It is one of those meals that is truly enjoyed by the whole family, and there aren’t many of those, at least at my house.
You guys probably think that a food blogger would have a family full of adventurous eaters who clean their plates with relish at every meal. Not so, my friends. Hardly a meal goes by that doesn’t include at least one picky-pants family member requesting some kind of substitution or modification to their meal. We hardly ever all four eat the exact same thing, but when we have pizza? Everybody is all in.
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But every now and then one can grow bored with plain cheese pizza, no matter how tasty and convenient it is. On one such occasion I took it upon myself to invent a recipe that could be made quickly and easily with common kitchen staples that tasted amazing. Ambitious, right? Maybe so, but I think I’ve done it.
The key is the crust. I love a good homemade pizza crust as much as the next person, but golly bum do they take FOR-EV-ER to make. If I’ve got the time I like to make this crust, but when I’m in a hurry (which is 98.36% of the time) I use Mama Mary’s packaged pizza crusts.
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 pizza crust
- 1 small ripe tomato, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
- 1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
- 2 tbsp shredded parmesan
Preheat oven to 450. In a small sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour, then whisk in milk a little at a time to prevent clumping. Whisk in garlic powder and salt and continue stirring until thickened, about 4 or 5 minutes. Remove one Mama Mary's pizza crust from the package and spread the white sauce evenly on top. Thinly slice the tomato and roughly chop the spinach, then arrange evenly over the sauce. Top with mozzarella, followed by parmesan. Bake for 9-10 minutes, until edges are lightly brown and cheese is melted and bubbly. Cool for 2-3 minutes before slicing.