Meatless Monday: White Pizza with Arugula

Tonight we used the last of the dough we made (we had frozen it) in a recent cooking class we took to make a pizza for Meatless Monday. We infused garlic and red pepper flakes into olive oil and brushed the dough with that, topped the pizza with a blend of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and baked it in a super-hot oven. While it was cooking, we tossed arugula (we got a bagful at a local farmers' market for $1!) with lemon juice and more olive oil, and when we took the pizza out, we placed the arugula right on top. Delightful!!!

White Pizza with Arugula


1 premade pizza dough
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, sliced
pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup fresh arugula
2 tablespoons lemon juice
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Heat pizza stone in 500-degree oven for at least 45 minutes. In a small sauce pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes for 5-7 minutes over low heat, taking care not to burn the garlic. Stretch the dough and place it on a brown rice flour-dusted pizza peel. Brush the infused oil onto the dough. Top the dough with the cheese mixture and bake until crust is done to your liking and cheese is melted. In the meantime, whisk together the remaining olive oil with the lemon juice, salt and pepper, and toss the arugula in the mixture. Lay the arugula over the cheese when pizza comes out of the oven. 


Anonymous said...

I love arugula on pizza! It's so fresh and peppery.

jck said...

I want some!!! Arugula on pizza takes me back to Florence--especially with prosciutto of course....but I get that it's meatless Monday.
Hmmm...Bet this would be good with a white bean purée...