Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Arugula, Bacon and Mushroom Pizza

PIZZA!!! I love homemade pizza! I have a lot of recipes for different kinds of homemade pizzas and I make them often. A homemade pizza just tastes SO much better than store bought! I will admit that I keep a store bought pizza in the freezer at all times for a quick weekend meal when needed, but most of the time the pizzas at our house are homemade (including the crust). So here is one of our favorites! I hope you enjoy it! There will probably be many more pizza recipes to come!

Arugula, Bacon and Mushroom Pizza

Pizza dough from bread maker or store bought
3-4 slices center-cut bacon
1/2 cup thinly sliced white onion
1 (8 oz.) package whole button mushrooms, quartered
1/2 teaspoon Sea salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 Tablespoon EVOO
Minced garlic
1/2 cup part skim ricotta cheese
2 cups baby arugula
1/3 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
4 Tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Prepare dough in bread maker. Allow 1.5 hours.

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, reserving 2 teaspoons of bacon drippings in pan. Crumble bacon; set aside. Add onion and mushrooms to pan; cook 10 minutes or until tender and moisture evaporates, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Press dough onto baking sheet. Drizzle EVOO over dough and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and fresh minced garlic. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden-brown. Remove from oven; spread ricotta evenly over crust, leaving a 1/2 inch rim. Arrange onion mixture and arugula evenly over ricotta. Sprinkle with bacon, mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake additional 10 minutes or until crust is lightly browned and cheese is melted.