Individual Spinach and Mushroom Pizzas with Whole Wheat Crust



Makes 6 servings (1 serving: 1 pizza)

Recipe Time

Prep: 35 Minutes
Cook: 35 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 418
Fat 16.1 g
Satfat 1.6 g
Monofat 6.1 g
Polyfat 1.6 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Protein 14 g
Carbohydrate 56 g
Sugars 4 g
Fiber 7 g
Iron 5 mg
Sodium 811 mg


1 packet active dry yeast
1 cup very warm water (100°–110°)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus more for kneading
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling (optional)
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, cleaned well and patted dry, thinly sliced
6 ounces baby spinach
Pinch of coarse sea salt, plus more for sprinkling on top (optional)
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, juices drained
4 ounces fresh, salted mozzarella, thinly sliced
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Crushed red pepper (optional)



1. Put yeast in a small bowl; add water and sugar. Gently whisk to combine. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

2. Mix together flours and salt in a large bowl. Form a well in center of flour. Pour oil into the well and, with clean hands, rub oil into flour. Add yeast mixture to flour; mix to combine. Knead dough on a lightly floured work surface until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes. Form dough into a ball, place in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a clean dish towel, and let dough rise at room temperature for 90 minutes.

3. About 30 minutes before dough is ready, preheat oven to 500° with rack in center and pizza stone on rack. Once the oven reaches temperature, heat stone for at least 30 minutes.


1. Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small colander set over a bowl to drain excess liquid. Add remaining oil to skillet, and add spinach; cook until wilted and deep green, about 2 minutes.  Transfer to a plate. Place tomatoes in a bowl and, with clean hands, break up into small pieces. Season sauce with salt.

2. When dough is ready, gently remove from bowl and cut into 6 pieces.  Work with 1 piece of dough at a time, keeping unused dough covered with plastic wrap. Using both hands, roll into a ball, then press into a flat round, about 4 inches in diameter. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 7-inch round; transfer to a floured pizza peel.

3. Spread about 1/4 cup sauce onto dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border at edge. Working quickly, sprinkle with some of garlic, then add 1/6 of the mozzarella.Top with 1⁄6 of the spinach and 1⁄6 of the mushrooms. If desired, lightly drizzle pizza with additional oil and sprinkle with salt. Slide pizza off of peel onto stone and bake until edges are puffed and golden, about 5-6 minutes.

4. Transfer pizza to a cutting board; cut into 6 slices and serve immediately, with red pepper flakes, if desired. Repeat with remaining ingredients.




Gail Simmons,

December 2011
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