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Punchy spinach pesto pizza cut into pieces and served on a board

Punchy spinach pesto pizza

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus 2 hrs proving
  • More effort
  • Serves 6

Up your intake of greens with our punchy spinach and pesto pizza. There's vibrant vegetables in each element, even the base

Nutrition: Per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal783
fat44g
saturates17g
carbs68g
sugars4g
high infibre6g
protein25g
salt2.1g
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Ingredients

  • 400g spinach
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting

For the spinach pesto

  • large bunch of basil
  • 50g pine nuts, toasted
  • 50g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

For the toppings

  • 200g crème fraîche
  • 300g long-stemmed broccoli, halved if thick
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 200g ball mozzarella, torn
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1

    Cook the spinach in a pan of boiling water for 30 seconds until wilted, then drain and rinse under cold running water to cool. Squeeze out the excess water. Put half the wilted spinach in a blender with 150ml hot water and blitz to a smooth green purée.

  • STEP 2

    Dissolve the yeast in 2 tbsp tepid water. Put the flour in a large bowl with the spinach purée, 2 tsp salt and the yeast mixture. Bring together into a dough, adding up to 50ml more water if it’s too dry. Knead for 5 mins, then leave in a covered bowl at room temperature for 1 hr until doubled in size. After an hour, divide the dough into four pieces, then cover again and leave to prove for another hour.

  • STEP 3

    For the pesto, put the remaining 200g spinach, half the basil, the pine nuts, parmesan, oil, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Season to taste and loosen with up to 3 tbsp water, if needed. Mix the lemon zest with the crème fraîche and some seasoning and 2-3 tbsp water to loosen. Set aside along with the pesto.

  • STEP 4

    Heat the oven to 240C/220C fan/ gas 9 with a large baking sheet inside. Flatten the proved dough balls into rounds on a floured work surface, then roll each one out until about 25cm wide and 5mm thick. Put each pizza base on its own sheet of baking parchment.

  • STEP 5

    Spoon the lemony crème fraîche over the pizza bases and spread almost to the edges, leaving a small border. Drizzle over half the pesto, then top with the broccoli. Dot over the tomatoes and mozzarella, then sprinkle with the chilli flakes.

  • STEP 6

    Cook one pizza at a time by sliding the pizza on its baking parchment onto the hot baking sheet in the oven and baking for 12-15 mins until the crust is golden and crisp. Repeat with the remaining pizzas, then drizzle over the remaining pesto. Scatter over the leaves from the remaining basil, then drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with extra chilli flakes, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2021

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