This pizza is a garlic lovers dream. Roasted garlic adds a mellow, nutty garlic flavor to the sauce, while the remaining is used as a topping.
Total Time: 45 minutes
1 pound pizza crust dough
24 Spice World Fresh Garlic cloves (about 2 heads), separated, peel left on
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for working the crust
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tsp honey
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling the garlic
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 (10-ounce) bag frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess moisture
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Drizzle some olive oil on a baking sheet and place the pizza dough on top. Let it rest for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, lay the garlic cloves on top of a large sheet of aluminum foil, peels still on. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Fold the foil into a sealed packet and place in the oven. Let cook for about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Peel the cloves and discard the skin.
Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Take 8 of the peeled, roasted garlic cloves and add to a bowl. Mash with a fork, then add the ricotta, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, basil honey, oregano, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper. Mix well.
Shape the pizza crust into a 14-inch round circle. Place on the greased cookie sheet or a pizza stone. (You can also make two smaller, 8-inch pizzas.) Spread the ricotta mixture in an even layer on the crust. Top with spinach, the remaining roasted garlic cloves, and the chicken (if using). Scatter the mozzarella over the top.
Bake the pizza in the oven for about 9 to 10 minutes, until the cheese melts and the crust is crisp and golden. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes, then slice and serve.