Requiring just four simple ingredients, this puff pastry pizza makes for a quick dinner or appetizer. Using puff pastry is a unique twist on traditional Italian pizza dough, and creates a delightfully light and airy base for this recipe. Pizza sauce, spinach, and melted mozzarella sit atop a flaky puff pastry crust. You can choose to make your own sauce, or simply use a store-bought variety to cut down on the total cook time…
This is the ideal meal for a busy weeknight—serve it with a big garden salad to complete the meal. You could also cut it into bite-size pieces or squares for a fun and flavorful appetizer. Feel free to double or triple the recipe, and prepare it ahead of time. Refrigerate the pastry for up to a day.
If you opt to use frozen puff pastry sheets, you'll need to thaw them first. Thaw at room temperature according to the package or thaw them in the refrigerator for four hours before proceeding with the recipe.
Spice up your recipe by adding extra pizza toppings or using a different base. If you don't have spinach or mozzarella on hand, you may have other vegetables, protein, or a different type of cheese. You could make a variety of pizzas and serve them as appetizers for a fun movie night, a bridal shower, or game day!
Add protein: There are tons of options for adding protein to your pizza. Top with pepperoni slices, sausage, meatballs, prosciutto, or chicken.
Add other cheeses: While shredded mozzarella cheese is ideal for pizza, you can try fresh mozzarella cheese or mix in other cheeses like parmesan cheese, goat cheese, ricotta, Romano, or provolone. Use a combination of any of them, or simply sprinkle one type of cheese over the classic recipe.
Add vegetables: In addition to or instead of spinach, try adding cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives, onions, or peppers. You'll want to first cook your vegetables for a few minutes over medium-high heat before adding to your pizza.
Add herbs: Fresh basil leaves, thyme, oregano, or parsley all make wonderful additions to this recipe. Add red pepper flakes to give your pizza a kick!
Harvest pizza: Instead of tomato sauce, try a base of pureed butternut squash, and add goat cheese, sage, and kale.
Hawaiian pizza: Top your pizza with cooked crumbled bacon, shredded pork, and chopped pineapple, with a drizzle of barbecue sauce.
Taco pizza: Try adding cheddar or pepper jack cheese, ground beef or carnitas, sour cream, and chopped scallions.
Buffalo chicken pizza: Another variety of a white pizza, add chopped buffalo chicken pizza, crumbled blue cheese, chopped scallions and a drizzle of hot sauce.
Roasted garlic pizza: Top your pizza with roasted garlic and basil. First, mince and chop your garlic cloves then roast them at 375℉ for 15 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil to complete the pizza.
White pizza: Instead of a red sauce, use an olive oil and ricotta base. Keep the spinach and mozzarella to complete the pizza.
Breakfast pizza: Heat up any leftover pizza the next morning and top with a fried egg for a delicious breakfast.
Go Gluten-Free: There are brands of gluten-free puff pastry available if you want to make this gluten-free, or you could make your own gluten-free puff pasty using all-purpose gluten-free flour.
Don't panic about air bubbles: Because of the toppings, one small area of the pastry may puff up but don't worry. If it’s a very large air bubble, use a sharp knife to poke a small hole in it so that it will deflate.
Don't add excessive cheese: Adding too much cheese can prevent the pastry from puffing properly.
Let it cool: Be sure to let your pastry cool for 5-10 minutes after pulling it out of the oven before serving it. This allows the pastry to release some of those air bubbles that formed during baking, crisp up and, of course, helps you avoid burning your mouth on molten cheese!
Substitute pie dough for the puff pastry: Pie dough or regular pizza dough are great alternatives to puff pastry here if you have one of those options on hand instead.
Make it ahead of time: Refrigerate for up to a day before baking and serving.
- Preheat the oven to 415 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spread out the puffed pastry onto a baking sheet and top with the tomato sauce leaving a 1/2-inch border. Thaw out the spinach and distribute over the sauce. Sprinkle with fresh mozzarella cheese.
- Bake in the oven until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted, approximately 15 minutes.