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Goat Cheese Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes

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Goat Cheese Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes

Goat Cheese Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes

We rarely order pizza or make it at home, because I get free pizza at lunch meetings at least two times a week at work. This is a very common perk in science, and I’m sure I could find pizza to eat at seminars every day if I hunted around enough! But, I actually started craving pizza after Maria recommended this whole wheat crust recipe. I loved this dough because it was very tasty and easy to throw together. You just mix and knead the dough in the food processor and only have to let it rest for 20 minutes, which is just enough time to prepare all the other ingredients.

I decided to focus on one of my favorite ingredients for this pizza – goat cheese. It just makes everything better in my opinion! While I enjoy traditional pizzas with dollops of goat cheese used as one of the toppings, it’s just not enough for me – I want to taste the goat cheese in every bite! In this pizza, I replaced the traditional pizza sauce with a thick goat cheese spread and then loaded it up with some garlicy veggies on top. It was so good that I may actually start craving homemade pizza more often!

Goat Cheese Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound of your favorite pizza dough
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 8-ounce package fresh sliced mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups fresh spinach (4 ounces)
6 ounces goat cheese
6 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped red onions
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions:
Heat oven to 500˚F. Prepare pizza dough. Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and spinach and sauté 1-2 more minutes or until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat.

Mix goat cheese, milk, parmesan cheese, and salt in a small bowl until smooth. Spread pizza dough into desired shape. Spread goat cheese mixture evenly over crust. Top evenly with mushroom and spinach mixture, red onions, and tomato. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Bake at 500˚F for 10 – 14 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition: 267 calories, 11.9g fat, 3.4g fiber, 14.3g protein per serving
Cost: $1.04 per serving

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