White pizza with Arugula Greens

Posted: June 24, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Pizza
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Serving Yields: 2-3 persons

White pizza with Arugula Greens 

This is another dish from the book Barefoot Contessa – Back to Basics by Ina Garten.  As you have seen the arugula salad, I had some leftover arugula leaves from the package which I did not use in the salad. So, thought of making this white pizza. This is very simple pizza with some fresh cheese. I had made this for our last Friday night dinner and needless to say it turned out lovely.  The cheese used in this pizza is fresh mozzarella and goat cheese.  

White Pizza with Arugula Greens

White Pizza with Arugula Greens


For the pizza dough  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For garlic oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

For toppings  

  • 1/2 cup fresh grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 ounce baby arugula leaves
  • handful of walnuts for garnishing
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  •  In a bowl, mix the yeast with warm water, honey, salt, olive oil and stir well.
  • Keep it aside for 5-7 minutes or until the yeast starts forming bubbles on it.
  • Take flour in a large bowl, slowly add yeast mix and knead the dough with your hands.
  • Once dough is ready transfer to a bowl  brushed with olive oil. Cover it with kitchen towel and keep the bowl in warm place.
  • Approximately 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in volume. The temperature in the kitchen should be around 65-70 degree fahrenheit for dough to rise properly.
  • Meanwhile make garlic oil.
  • Heat oil  in a small sauce pan over low heat, add sliced garlic and red chilli flakes and cook for 10 minutes, do not let the garlic burn. Stir continuously, once done keep it aside.
  •  When the dough is doubled its original size, punch it down to remove all the air bubbles accumulated.
  • Divide the dough into two equal portions.
  • On a lightly floured surface, rolled the dough using rolling-pin and your hand in a round circle. Make a pizza about 7-8 inches in diameter.
  • Repeat it for the other portion of dough.
  • Now pizza is ready to get the layer of toppings.

Pizza Assembly: 

  • On a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, place both the pizza side by side. Brush them with garlic oil and sprinkle each one with black pepper.
  • Layer the pizza with grated mozzarella cheese and goat cheese. Brush garlic oil on top of it.
  • Bake  the pizza in a regular over at 400 degree fahrenheit for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Pizza is done when the bottom surface is light brown. Check by lifting the surface once.
  • Meanwhile, for dressing the arugula leaves, Mix olive oil, black pepper, lemon juice , salt to taste and whisk altogether.
  • When the pizza is done, take arugula leaves in a large bowl and add enough dressing to just moisten the leaves.
  • Keep a large bunch on top of each pizza, garnish with walnuts and serve immediately.


White Pizza with Arugula Greens

White Pizza with Arugula Greens

  1. Choclette says:

    This sounds delicious. What is arugula – it looks as though it might be rocket?

  2. Simply Life says:

    oh yum! Can I have this delivered for dinner tonight? 🙂

  3. Fathima says:

    Wow that is a perfect pizza w/ healthy green topping!

  4. Mary says:

    This looks like a wonderful light pizza and that happens to be my favorite kind. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Thanks Suman for visiting and writing sweet words. And I must say its the same for you, lovely blog and neat presentation. Most important not much distractions with ads and logos, which makes the reader concentrate on what he wants to read.
    Keep in touch. Best wishes

  6. Krishnaveni says:

    interesting recipe….beautiful

  7. Nandini says:

    Wow! The white pizza is healthy! I’d bite some!

  8. sanyukta gour says:

    mouthwatering pizza with arugula…looks awesome n yum..love adding honey instead of sugar..

  9. Priya says:

    Wat a tempting and healthy pizza, incredible topping..

  10. Whomever invented white pizza must have been totally brilliant, as this is a pizza I love even more than the ones based on tomato sauce; your pizza is fabulous and I want some!

  11. Suja Sugathan says:

    Delicious pizza..healthy toppings too.

  12. Panchpakwan says:

    Looks delicious pizza..Liked the idea of adding honey to pizza dough..

  13. Gayathri says:

    Hey wow thats a nice one…i love pizzza a lot and this topping is very different and healthy one…..too good one yaar….

  14. Mary says:

    I am a big fan of white pizzas. I am attrached to their lightness. This one looks terrific. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  15. Mina Joshi says:

    Yum – I love Pizza too. I make my own as well. I use honey for glazing the toppings but will try you way next time. ( (FYI: They make pizza bases with honey in Atlanta).

    You have a lovely blog and have lots of nice recipes. Please email me with your address so we can keep in touch.


  16. uma says:

    interesting recipe!

  17. Adding honey in the dough is something new and garlic oil is an interesting one as well…looks very yum….

  18. satya says:

    pizza is my favorite….i never tried this type …look delicious n healthy

  19. incidentalcooksuman says:

    @Manju, honey is to activate the yeast.

  20. Looks very nice. What is that honey for in the dough?

  21. Tes says:

    I’m making my own pizza dough, too but haven’t try adding honey in it… now I will have to try this. The white pizza recipes seems very healthy… although it’s not my favourite way to make pizza but I will give it a try… well, from the picture it looks yummy 🙂

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