Friday, October 9, 2009

Garlicky Shrimp and Spinach Pizza

I love garlic. And I love a pasta dish at Macaroni Grill that has garlic, shrimp, spinach and pine nuts in a buttery garlic sauce. So I decided to replicate it in a pizza! And it's delicious!

I made the crust in the bread machine - if you don't have one, you can just use your mixer and knead by hand. If you're using the bread machine, add the flour, sugar, yeast and spices into the bread machine.

Then add the cheese, water, oil and garlic.

Set the machine to the dough setting. While the crust is being made, you can make the sauce. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then add the flour, mustard, pepper and salt and cook til bubbly.

Add the garlic,

then the milk and cook and stir until thickened.

Remove from heat and add the parmesan cheese.

When the dough is finished in the breadmaker, remove and press onto a large pizza pan or stone.

Bake the crust for 10-12 minutes at 425.

While the crust is baking, prepare the toppings. Start by heating a skillet over medium heat and adding 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Saute the mushrooms and garlic for about two minutes.

Then add the spinach.

Saute just until the spinach wilts - it will cook down a lot! I used about 3 cups baby spinach and it seemed like hardly anything after cooking it.

Remove the crust from the oven and top with the cheesy garlic sauce.

Then add the mushroom and spinach mixture.

Then add the chopped shrimp.

Finally, top with the mozzarella cheese!

Bake 10-15 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Yummmmm.....

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Garlicky Shrimp and Spinach Pizza

1 cup water
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cups bread flour
1 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
3/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. active dry yeast

1 Tbsp. butter
4 1/2 tsp. flour
1/4 tsp. ground mustard
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
3-4 cups fresh baby spinach
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
8 oz. cooked shrimp, chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

For the crust, add all crust ingredients to the bread machine pan in the order recommended by your machine manufacturer. Set the machine to dough setting. When completed, remove from bread machine and press out onto a large pizza pan or stone. Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes.

For the sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan. Add flour, mustard, pepper and salt, and cook until bubbly. Add milk and garlic and cook, stirring often, until thickened. Remove from heat and add the parmesan cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Spread the sauce over the baked crust.

For toppings, saute the mushrooms and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for two minutes. Add the spinach, cooking until spinach wilts. Remove from heat and place over sauce. Add chopped shrimp, and top with mozzarella.

Bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until bubbly and golden.


  1. Sara, I love how you adapted that dish and made pizza from it! How clever and how delicious, too. Thanks for sharing...

    Happy Foodie Friday!


    Sheila :-)

  2. This pizza has my name on it. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us. Have a great day.

  3. I'm with Mary this is a great recipe...thanks

  4. Okay...this looks GOOD!! I'm going to have to make this very soon. Thanks for the recipes and great driections!


  5. Wow!
    That's a lot of garlic!
    Looks yummy - bet it smells delish!

  6. This looks amazing. I moved about a year ago and lost my bread machine! Not really lost but buried it in storage. Anyway, I cant wait to try this recipe! Thanks for a great post!

  7. Whoa. Awesome use of garlic. I'd be honored if you'd link this up to the Super Foods carnival (garlic and spinach count!) next Thursday at Kitchen Stewardship. More details here:
    PS -- totally salivating on my keyboard right now...

  8. I would enjoy this pizza over most others with the red sauces. This is right up my alley. Reminds me of a shrimp and spinach pizza I made a long time ago from Cooking Light. Had a white sauce too which I just love. GREAT job.

  9. Yummmmmm Lovin the combo you got going on the pizza looks so delish. I heart garlicky things. : )

  10. Thank you for joining the October Fest Carnival of Super Foods! This pizza is still making me drool - your photos are fabulous! Next week’s theme is Un-Processed Foods, or things you could buy in the store but choose to make at home. Hope to see you back!

  11. wow - yum! thanks for a great recipe. I'll have to try it with chicken :)

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