White Pizza with Lemony Greens

by Megan on September 18, 2012

While making this pizza I thought of a joke… It goes like this: Which cheese is the loneliest? (Any idea? Do you know!?)

ProvALONE. Boom.  … And then I realized that’s not how you spell it. It’s provolone. Shucks. Worst joke ever? Maybe, because of the whole spelling issue, it’s the kind of joke that can only be told aloud.

So anyhow, I had a pizza like this at Roberta’s in New York and I loved it. I knew I needed to try to recreate it at home in order to live with myself. And so I did! And it turned out pretty darn close to the one of my dreams. And it’s like eating a pizza and a salad in one. It’s a multitasking pizza with a heart of gold. So, make it!

White Pizza with Lemony Greens {makes 2 small pizzas}
Recipe inspired by Roberta’s + adapted from Ina Garten

Ingredients:

white pizza -

  • 1 ball pizza dough (half of this recipe)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/2-3/4 cup provolone
  • 3-4 oz. goat cheese
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mozzarella
lemony greens -
  • 2 T cup olive oil
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 2-4 oz. arugula or spinach
  • lemon slices, to serve

Directions:

  1. Make pizza.  Turn your oven on to 500°F and pop your pizza stone in there to get nice and toasty for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together the garlic and olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Divide the ball of dough in half. Form into two pizzas by using your fingertips to stretch the dough into a circle., flattening the middle and pushing the dough out toward the edges to make the crust.
  3. Carefully remove the pizza stone from the oven and place the dough round on the stone. Top with half of the garlicky olive oil. Top with the half of the cheeses. Place back in the hot oven and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven. Transfer the pizza to a cutting board to let it rest. Repeat with second round of dough.
  4. Make lemony greens. Meanwhile whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice. Toss it with the greens. Serve each pizza topped with a large handful of lemony greens and a lemon slice.
  5. Eat pizza! Slice and enjoy.

Please note: Feel free to make one large pizza instead of two small. This serves 3-4 depending on if there are side dishes and such. And follow your heart regarding cheese. Use more or less. Switch it up. Live your life.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

Aged provolone changed my life.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 18, 2012 at 12:43 am

Points for the joke! Double points for the pizza – looks lovely!

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Megan September 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

Ha! Thanks, Amanda!

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Diane, A Broad September 18, 2012 at 6:58 am

Love salad-ey pizzas, especially of the lemony variety! Aaand now I want pizza for breakfast.

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Megan September 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

Pizza breakfast is totally a good idea always.

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cindy September 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

Sean would definitely high-five you for that joke! Salad+Pizza makes it okay to eat more pizza, way to live!

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Megan September 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

Yes! He knows what’s up. And yeah girl!

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NicoleD September 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

I’ve made Ina’s version before and LOVED it. The cheese blend topped with those greens, yum! Yours looks so pretty and perfect!

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Megan September 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

Ina just knows how to get all ladylike with her pizza, right? So good!

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Laura Dembowski September 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

Love white pizzas. I’ve never understood tomato sauce because letting the flavors of the cheese and toppings shine is what makes a great pizza!

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Megan September 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

Oh, guuuuurl, I love all pizzas. :) But this kind totally does let the toppings shine. So true!

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Jenny (vintagesugarcube) September 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

What a great idea for something to serve at a party! Looks so lovely and fun!

PS. Really enjoyed living vicariously through you on your post of NYC!

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Megan September 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

Oh, girl, it’d be perfect for a party! It’s totally a ladylike pizza too. With the salad, and all.

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heather September 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I rely on you for delicious solid food. Truth.

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Megan September 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

This comment made my year! <3!

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Tiffany September 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Hehehe, love the joke. But then again, I am a cornball sometimes. Looks GOOD! I think I will be eating this soon…

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Megan September 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

haha We can be cornballs together. :)

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Alessandra September 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm

HOW is it that you made this pizza look fresh and light? Even paired next to a beer!

This reminds me of a pizza I had at an Italian wood-oven joint… I always wondered how I would go about the “white” part of it, so thanks for this lovely version.

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Megan September 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

Thanks girl!

I bet you’d like this pizza, maybe even love it!

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Alessandra September 21, 2012 at 12:15 am

Welp, you’re right.

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Karen Mulvenna September 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I made this today, but I cheated and used naan (leavened bread). I can honestly say I have not treated myself to a lunch this good (made my ME) in a very long time. Thank you!!!

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Megan September 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

Oh hell yeah! Naan would be so good!

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Nik September 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

You crack me up! I like jokes that aren’t spelled correctly :)

This whole combination sounds delightful.

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Megan September 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

ha! Thanks, Nik!

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Brittany September 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Let’s see… garlic oil, 4 cheeses, lemony greens… YES! So much yes.

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Megan September 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

Yes! For realz!

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Katie (The Muffin Myth) September 23, 2012 at 5:28 am

Yum! One of my favourite pizzas has a little tomato sauce, then is topped with a lot of arugula and some fresh shaved parmesan when it comes out of the oven. Amazing with a squeeze of lemon. I’ll have to try this white version out. Thanks for the recipe (and the joke!).

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Sophie June 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I’ve just begun dressing pizzas with greens… this one looks amaze. I love how simple it is, just garlic, cheese and greens! Your dough is perfect, looks just like a restaurant pizza! Love

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