It’s odd how certain things that sound so bizarre together somehow work in perfect harmony. Like when Glee mashed together “Singin’ In The Rain” and “Umbrella”. Or dipping Wendy’s french fries into a Frosty. Or the toppings on this pizza.
I very loosely adapted this from a recipe in The Essential Eating Well Cookbook, and this has quickly become a favorite of ours. Before you wrinkle your nose, please give it a try. I know, chickpeas on pizza sound weird. But they get this amazing roasty flavor and are a little bit soft and creamy on the inside. Juxtapose those awesome beans with spicy olive oil, sharp red onions, woodsy rosemary, and vibrant baby spinach, and you’ve got a real winner.
Finally, I gave in and added a pizza tag – there are just too many good recipes that I’ve shared (and have planned to share!) that I think they should be easy to search! Check out some of my past pizzas and keep watching for new ones!
Red Onion-Rosemary Pizza with Chickpeas and Spinach1 recipe pizza dough (here’s my recipe) 1 c. shredded mozzerella 1/4 c. shredded pecorino romano 1 c. chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) 1 tbsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil 1 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 c. sliced red onion 2 oz. sliced prosciutto (I use at least 4-5 super thin slices) 1 c. packed baby spinach 1/4 c. shredded pecorino romano
All right, this is easy enough. If you’re mixing up fresh dough for this, throw a tablespoon of fresh rosemary in when you’re kneading the dough – yum!
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Stretch out your pizza dough to the thickness you like – Andrew and I would rather have thin crust and more pizza, but it’s totally up to you.
Drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil over the entire slab of dough. Add the pecorino and then the mozzarella cheese.
In a medium bowl, toss chickpeas, 1 tablespoon olive oil, red onion, rosemary, red pepper, and salt to taste (1/2 teaspoon should do it). Toss all that good stuff onto the dough and spread it out.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Pull the pizza out of the oven, sprinkle with the fresh spinach, and return to the oven for 5 minutes or until the crust is golden and the spinach is slightly wilted.
This pizza is colorful, protein-rich, and packed with lots of good-for-you stuff. Not to mention, Andrew doesn’t even seem to notice that it’s meatless!
**What are some of your favorite odd combinations? Feel free to share in the comments!**