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This spinach and feta pizza is a tasty and healthy gourmet pizza recipe. A creamy béchamel white pizza sauce base topped with fresh spinach, onions, feta, mozzarella and toasted pine nuts for an extra crunch.
Homemade pizza is always an easy weeknight dinner to make. Plus, it makes great leftovers.
For other gourmet pizza recipes, try this fig pizza.
- This spinach & feta pizza tastes like a gourmet pizza. The homemade béchamel sauce makes a rich and creamy white pizza sauce and the pine nuts give it a slight crunch.
- This homemade version is much better than Domino’s feta and spinach pizza.
- If you already have the dough prepped, you can make this pizza in less than 30 minutes.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Spinach: Use fresh, rather than frozen spinach for the best flavor. Four cups of spinach may seem like too much, but it will shrink down a lot once cooked.
- Feta: Feta adds a tangy flavor that goes perfectly with the spinach. If you have the choice, go with block feta rather than pre-crumbled feta. For a substitute with tangy flavor, use goat cheese. For a milder substitution, use ricotta.
- Mozzarella: Mozzarella is the base cheese to complement the feta. Don’t over-do it with the mozzarella otherwise you will overpower the feta.
- Onion & Garlic: A bit of onion and garlic cooked with the spinach gives a delicious flavor for these toppings.
- Béchamel Sauce: This is a creamy white pizza sauce made with butter, flour, milk, salt and nutmeg.
- Pine Nuts: Toasted pine nuts add an extra little crunch and go well with both the spinach and feta.
- Pizza Dough: Use your favorite pizza dough. If you have the time, homemade pizza dough tastes better, and is cheaper than buying dough store bought.
It is always easy to customize pizza recipes by adding in extra ingredients. Here are some ingredients that would go well with this spinach and feta pizza:
- Sliced tomatoes
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Kalamata olives
- Crumbled (cooked) beef
- Artichoke hearts
- Roasted red bell peppers
- Red chilli pepper flakes
- A nonstick pan to cook the spinach, onions and garlic on.
- A rolling pin to roll out the pizza dough.
- A pizza tray or pizza stone to cook the pizza on.
Step 1: Heat the olive oil on a medium nonstick skillet. Once hot, add the onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until soft and translucent.
Step 2: Add in the garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant. Then, add in the spinach and cook until wilted. Set aside for now.
Step 3: Heat the pine nuts on a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Stir occasionally. Heat for 4-8 minutes until golden, fragrant and toasted. Remove and set aside.
Step 4: In a separate nonstick skillet, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk to create a paste. Then, add in the milk, nutmeg and salt. Whisk until smooth. Continue to heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens up. Once it coats the back of a spoon, remove it from the stove.
Step 5: Add a thin layer of bechamel sauce on the base of pizza dough. Next, spread the mozzarella cheese evenly on top.
Step 6: Then, add the cooked spinach, feta and pine nuts. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes at 425F until the crust is golden.
- Fridge: Store leftover pizza in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 days.
- Freezer: Freezing leftover pizza is not recommended. Instead, freeze extra pizza dough and thaw it overnight in the fridge for faster preparation.
- Microwave: This is the easiest and quickest option for heating up pizza. Heat for 30 to 60 seconds until warmed through. Note that this method will not result in as crispy a crust as the other methods.
- Oven: Preheat the oven to 350F. Warm the pizza on a baking tray for 5 to 10 minutes until warmed through. Optionally, add a few drops of water on the crust to prevent it from drying out.
- Toaster Oven: Preheat the toaster oven to 350F. Heat the pizza for 3 to 4 minutes. Since a toaster oven is smaller in size, it will reheat food faster than a regular sized oven. Like the oven method, add a few drops of water to the crust to prevent it from drying out.
- Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 350F. Add the pizza slices in a single layer and heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Keep a close eye on the pizza to make sure it does not overcook. Different air fryer brands will vary in the length of time you need to cook food.
- Multitask. This spinach & feta pizza comes together much quicker if you are able to multitask. If you are comfortable, use three pans at once: one to toast the pine nuts, one to make the béchamel sauce and one to cook the spinach.
- Use homemade pizza dough. If you have time, homemade pizza dough makes a pizza taste so much better. Plus, it is much less expensive to make your own dough rather than buying it pre-made. Make extra dough in advance and freeze it for quicker pizza preparation during the week.
- Put the pizza in the lower half of the oven. Generally, putting the pizza lower in the oven will lead to a more evenly cooked pizza. If the pizza is too close to the top of the oven, the toppings may cook faster than the pizza crust. However, each oven is different. If this is your first time making pizza, keep a close eye on your pizza as it cooks and adjust its placement in the oven as needed.
- Use a pizza stone. For an extra crispy pizza crust, cook your pizza on a pizza stone. Make sure to place the pizza stone in the oven as the oven preheats. Then, once warm, place the pizza on the pizza stone.
Yes. Cooking the spinach first allows it to infuse with the garlic and onion flavors. It also wilts the spinach, decreasing the volume significantly so it can all fit on the pizza.
Store leftover béchamel sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 to 3 days. Bechamel sauce can be used for many recipes, including lasagna, baked pasta, savory crepes or scalloped potatoes.
The pizza was placed too high in the oven. Place the pizza closer to the bottom of your oven.
The pizza was placed too low in your oven. Place the pizza a bit closer to the top of your oven.