Friday, April 22, 2011

Pizza Night! Arugula Mushroom Parmesan Pizza

I wasn't joking when I said I use arugula on a weekly basis!  This is a recipe that I put together with the rest of the ingredients in my fridge on a Friday night in when Marcus was out of town.

One thing I will not take credit for in this recipe is the dough.  I'm not a natural baker so I buy pre-made raw pizza dough that you can get at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods for about $1.99!  You can get plain, wheat, and I believe spinach.  I call them "dough balls".  So if you want to keep it healthier you have different options.  Pair it with a glass of nice Sauvignon Blanc (I recommend Hanna or Merry Edwards) and you're good to go!

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

*3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
*1 small yellow onion, cut in half and sliced
*2 garlic cloves, chopped
*1 small carton white button mushrooms, sliced
*Salt & Pepper
*1 "dough ball"
*1/2 cup flour
*Garlic powder
*2 large handfuls of arugula
*1 cup grated fresh parmesan

First off, take your dough ball out of the fridge before you do anything.  It needs to sit for about 15 minutes before you can roll it out.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil over medium heat and add onion, garlic, and mushrooms.  Season with salt and pepper to your taste (about 1 teaspoon of each I typically use).  Cook for about 5 minutes until just soft.

Spread flour on a flat surface and cover your dough ball with flour.  Start kneading the dough ball into a circle.  Take a rolling pin (or wine bottle if you don't have one :-) and spread the dough.  Try to roll it out as thin as you can, the thicker it is the higher it will rise and the longer it will take to bake.  I try to get it to at least an inch.  Don't worry about a perfect circle, mine never is.  Put dough on a sheet pan or pizza pan.

Brush the edges with 1 Tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder.  Add the mushrooms, onions, and garlic and spread around pizza.  Put in oven and cook for 15 minutes until crust is browned. Depending on your oven it might take a little longer.

Take out of oven and add the two handfuls of arugula on top.  Sprinkle the pizza with parmesan and you're done!


  1. Im proud you even made a whole meal for just you! I end up eating cereal when Im alone! lol

    Love Merry Edwards....but her Pinot Noir. It's spectacular!

    I make a pizza like this too--with truffle oil and roasted garlic. Such a great quick meal!