spinach and tomato pizza

Spinach, Bacon and Tomato Pizza

A couple of weeks ago, I decided that I really wanted to make my own pizza. Most times, I like a good cheese slice, but I really wanted a few veggies on top this time.

Pizza Crust

Spinach, Bacon and Tomato Pizza
Pizza cooked and ready to eat!

So I got started by purchasing the ingredients needed to make , a popular homemade crust recipe at AllRecipes.com. The six ingredients of this pizza dough are all-purpose flour, salt, brown sugar, olive oil, warm water and active dry yeast.

I have made this recipe at least four times over the past 5 years and it is a good one. It has been consistent and just as the recipe states this attempt.

My dough did not rise, but that’s not the fault of the recipe, but the yeast that I used. I had never used the Red Star brand before. Though the package said it would expire a little while from now, it did not help the dough rise at all. Or maybe I simply did use water that was warm. Hmmm…

Spinach, Bacon and Tomato Pizza
Toppings before final layer of cheese was added.
Spinach, Bacon and Tomato Pizza
Last layer of cheese before baking.

Pizza Topping

For the topping I used the following:

1 8-oz package of Kraft mozzarella cheese

1 cup of spinach (you can use as much as you like though)

1 cup of sliced grape tomatoes (sliced Roma tomatoes may have been better, but I was cleaning out the fridge…)

1/4 cup of red onion, sliced

1 14-oz jar of Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce (I only used about half the jar)

4 strips of larged diced and cooked bacon

Cooking the Pizza

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Spread the pizza sauce on your rounded and flattened pizza crust dough until you have your desired amount on top.
  3. Spread 1/3 to 1/2 of the cheese on top of the pizza sauce.
  4. Place the spinach, tomatoes and bacon evenly on top of the cheese.
  5. Place the remaining cheese on top of the pizza.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes on pizza pan until crust and cheese are golden brown.
  7. Serve hot or warm.

Spinach, Bacon and Tomato Pizza

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