Semi-Homemade Pizza for Easy Weeknight Dinner
It’s Monday, and cooking is probably the last thing you want to do after a dreadful day of slugging your way through work. Albeit, I do try to start off the week by cooking at home, just so we don’t get into the bad habit of going out too many times during the week. Even though I love to cook, sometimes going to the store to gather ingredients for a recipe can be a bridge too far. That’s why I created this semi-homemade pizza recipe so that I can have it on hand when we need a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
How to Make a Homemade Pizza in 20 minutes
You can grab all these ingredients with two hands at the grocery store. You don’t have to… they have baskets, but I’m just saying that to say… there’s not that many complicated ingredients in this homemade spinach and artichoke pizza. If you’ve made a white pizza before, you know that the base is usually a garlic (alfredo-like) sauce that is sold in jars on the Italian isle. DON’T BUY THAT! Make your own instead! It’s super easy.
To make your own white pizza sauce at home, all you’ll need is.
– 2-3 fresh garlic cloves (minced)
– half and half (milk and cream)
– 1 small shallot (minced)
What to Put on Your Store Bought Pizza Crust
I’m taking some pages out of my girl Sandra Lee’s book and buying some of the pizza ingredients pre-made. Getting pre-made pizza crust is a huge time saver in the kitchen and will cut down on a ton of cook and clean up time. The pizza crust we purchase comes in a two pack so we’ll either double this recipe or get CRAZY and make two different pizzas… the veggie one for me, and another one topped with meat for my husband.
Meatless Monday Spinach Pizza
This easy to make spinach artichoke pizza is a perfect option if you’re wanting to ease into doing #MeatlessMonday. You really don’t miss the chicken or meat on this pizza because the artichokes are so hearty! All grocery stores should have artichoke hearts in marinated oil that you can buy. Cooking and peeling a full artichoke takes some serious time and commitment and since we’re talking about Monday’s here, “ain’t nobody got time for that.”
Semi-homemade is the way to go! As for the spinach on this pizza, you can opt to buy frozen chopped spinach or fresh spinach. The main difference between fresh and frozen spinach here is that you’ll have to spend some time squeezing out the excess water after you saute the fresh spinach. You can do this by hand, but it works best if you have a cheesecloth to wring the water out. I use fresh spinach most of the time.
Homemade Spinach Artichoke Pizza with White Garlic Sauce
-half and half (milk)
– small shallot
Pizza Topping Ingredients
– 1 bag of fresh spinach or package of frozen spinach
– 1 jar of marinated artichokes
– Shredded Mozerella cheese
– grape tomatoes
– bacon lardons (optional)
Semi-Homemade Spinach Artichoke Pizza with White Garlic Sauce
Take store-bought pizza crust and turn it into something amazing when you make your own sauce and use fresh ingredients like spinach and artichokes!
- 1/4 cup shallot minced
- 3 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 8 oz cream half and half
- 1 bag fresh spinach About 5 cups raw spinach
- 1/2 cup marinated artichokes handful
- grape tomatoes halved
- 1 cup shredded mozerella
Saute raw spinach over medium heat. Spinach contains a lot of water so you won't need olive oil to cook.
Cook spinach for about 3-4 minutes until wilted. Transfer over to sink and let cool in a colander.
While spinach cools, add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan you used for the spinach. Add in shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes. Salt and Pepper.
Add minced garlic to the shallots and stir together.
Add cream to the pan and bring to a simmer. You'll want to leave the cream at a simmer over medium heat (making sure not to burn) for about 10-12 minutes or until it starts to thicken.
While sauce continues to cook, go back to sink and remove as much water from the spinach as possible.
Combine spinach and artichokes on a cutting board and roughly chop so you can distribute ingredients onto pizza evenly.
Start assembling pizza by spooning white sauce onto pre-made pizza crust. Add spinach and artichokes, and top with cheese. Finish with grape tomatoes and bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes or desired time on your pizza crusts' packaging.
Remove from oven and let cool before cutting. Enjoy!