Spinach and ricotta are a match made in heaven, but paired with crispy sausage, crunchy broccolini and sweet chilli on pizza? You’re in for a treat. This gorgeous white pizza delivers every time and has so many layers of punchy flavours. Add it to your pizza night rotation and thank me later.
Pizza is a fab way to make use of leftovers. That’s how this recipe started out! I had a couple of pieces of broccolini in the fridge, a little leftover ricotta, half a bag of spinach, a rogue sausage and some cheese. And combined, it created this delicious pizza that I found myself returning to. Spinach and ricotta is a classic combination for a reason and it’s really celebrated here.
My trick for using sausages on pizza is to squeeze the sausage meat out of its skin. It means you can dollop little bits of sausage all over the pizza and looks so much nicer than slices. Plus, it’s a weirdly satisfying job!
I’m using my super quick and easy 5 minute, 2 ingredient homemade pizza base recipe here – definitely give it a go if you’re ready to try making your own bases. I promise it’s genuinely easy and it tastes great. I’ve included the instructions in the recipe below too.
You don’t need many ingredients for this pizza, and they’re all easy to find or can be switched out for alternatives.
- Ricotta. This forms the creamy, cheesy white base for the pizza. Mixing plain ricotta with garlic and salt really lifts it and makes it a perfect canvas for the delicious flavours we’re going to add on top. You can find ricotta pretty easily in supermarkets.
- Sausages. Go for a good quality, free-range sausage here. You could also use chorizo or salami.
- Broccolini. I love the crunchy freshness broccolini brings here. The key is to slice it thinly so it cooks through and chars nicely on the pizza. Use asparagus, normal broccoli or more spinach if you can’t find it.
- Spinach. A little chopped spinach adds even more green nutrients to the pizza and its subtle flavour works perfectly with the other ingredients. If you use frozen spinach, make sure you defrost it and squeeze out as much water as possible before putting it on the pizza.
- Cheese. Along with the ricotta, we’re using mozzarella and cheddar (or gruyère) here to really up the cheesy factor.
- Chilli jam. This just adds the most delicious sweet and spicy finish to the pizza so I love it – I use my easy chilli jam. But you could use any sweet chilli sauce, honey or hot honey sauce.
How to make it
About 45 minutes before you want to cook your pizzas, turn your oven to its highest setting (250C/480F for me) and pop in whatever you’re going to cook the pizzas on. That could be a pizza stone, cast iron pan or oven trays. For ease, when I’m using my oven to cook pizza I ALWAYS top the bases on a piece of baking paper. It makes it so much easier to move the topped pizza to the oven, without the risk of it falling apart or out of your hands while you move it.
Start by spreading on the whipped ricotta and garlic mix, leaving a little space around the edges for the crust. Scatter over chopped spinach leaves, sliced broccolini and the cheese. Follow with the red chilli and dollop over the sausage meat.
Transfer the pizza – still on the baking paper – to your pizza stone/cast iron pan/oven trays in the oven and cook for 10 – 15 minutes on the top shelf. You’re looking for the base to be golden, the cheese to be oozy, the broccolini to be looking a little charred and the sausage meat to be crispy. Remove from the oven, then drizzle over the chilli jam. Slice and serve while the toppings are hot and delicious!
Got a question?
You could use crème fraîche in place of the ricotta here – just mix it with the garlic and salt and continue with the recipe. You could also leave the ricotta off if you like. The pizza will still be delicious, it just won’t be quite as cheesy and creamy.
You could just use more spinach, or use kale or asparagus. You could also add some rocket leaves to the pizza after it’s cooked for that pop of fresh green.
It definitely has a hit of heat with the red chilli so if you’re worried, you could just leave it off.
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