Spinach and Feta Pizza is a quick and easy way to make homemade pizza. With sauteed spinach, garlic, tangy feta and a Greek yogurt sauce this vegetarian pizza is full of flavor. This pizza with feta cheese and spinach will have you craving it for pizza night before making it again and again!
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised everything that you will come to know and love (LOVE ❤) about the recipe in the points below:
- White pizza sauce: using Greek yogurt allows us to have a white pizza sauce without going to the trouble of making alfredo sauce.
- Homemade pizza: we all know and love a good old slice of New York pizza, but some nights you want to skip the queue, skip waiting for delivery and have the smell of homemade pizza wafting through the house!
- Everyday ingredients: all of the ingredients you need to make the pizza are simple and easy to find at the local grocery store. The feta cheese will be in the fridge section where the ricotta cheese and cream cheese are located.
- Quick and easy: this pizza takes only minutes to bring together and has a quick cook time in less than 20 mins, no working away for hours to get dinner done!
- Vegetarian: it can be nice to make a pepperoni pizza or homemade meat lovers from time to time. But similarly it can be nice to go meat free and make veggie pizzas for a change. This is that flavor combination my friend!
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements as well as detailed instructions.
As you can see the recipe calls for:
- Salt and pepper: we use salt and a little bit of black pepper to season the spinach when we saute it.
- Olive oil: we use this to lightly saute the garlic, chilli flakes and spinach before adding them to the pizza.
- Garlic: chunky minced garlic or fresh garlic cloves chopped into pieces will work well.
- Chilli flakes: these add a little 'hot spice' to the pizza. We only need to use a small amount as it goes a long hot way 😂👍!
- Feta cheese: I use Greek style feta when making this recipe. I think the texture of the rough skin works better than Danish feta which has a smooth outer surface.
- Cheese: you can use your favorite pizza cheese. I use 'tasty cheese' and grate it with a hand held grater. It is super soft with a noticeable bold flavor.
- Mozzarella: this drool worthy creamy mozzarella cheese literally melts in your mouth. It is excellent to use for pizza and pasta bakes. As it is a bit mild in flavour we pair it with another cheese (above) to get the best of both cheese worlds!
- Greek yogurt: this is used as the 'pizza sauce'. It allows us to use a white sauce with ease and convenience. We simply spread it onto the pizza as the initial starting point.
- Pizza dough: you can use your favorite pizza base. Be it homemade, store-bought pizza dough or your own pizza dough that you make yourself.
- Spinach: we want to use fresh spinach leaves and we cook these before adding them to the pizza.
Tasty Tip: I like to provide you with a number of substitutions and variations giving you an array of options when making the recipe. If in doubt of any of the above ingredients, or wanting alternatives, read this section (further below) before jumping into the instructions on how to make the recipe which are coming next 😉👌.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the garlic spinach pizza recipe. We start by sautéing the spinach.
- Heat oil and add garlic to pan and fry (Photo 1)
- Add chilli flakes, salt and pepper (Photo 2)
- Add the spinach (Photo 3)
- Cook till wilted (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Spinach and Feta Pizza
We start the recipe by preparing the spinach for the spinach and feta combo. To do so place a large frying pan onto the stove top, turn the heat to high and add the olive oil.
Then dollop in the garlic, red chilli flakes, salt and pepper. Fry this combination as you stir it together for around 1 minute.
Once the garlic is lightly browned, add the spinach leaves to the pan. Stir allowing these to soften and wilt. It will take 3-4 minutes to cook the spinach.
- Transfer the sauteed spinach to a bowl (Photo 5)
- Crumble in the feta (Photo 6)
- Stir to combine (Photo 7)
- Roll the dough into a pizza base (Photo 8)
Once the spinach has wilted, transfer it into a medium sized mixing bowl. Then hold the block of feta over the top and break this apart with your fingers, allowing the crumbled pieces to fall in with the spinach.
Once crumbed, use a spoon to stir the spinach and feta together.
Then spray a baking tray or pizza pan with cooking oil.
Use a rolling pin to shape your dough and place it onto the round pizza pan.
Next spread a layer of Greek yogurt over the pizza base to tick the sauce box.
- Spread Greek yogurt over the base for the sauce (Photo 9)
- Top with spinach and feta mix (Photo 10)
- Then add both cheeses (Photo 11)
- Bake for 20 minutes (Photo 12)
Next use the combined feta and spinach mixture to spread over the top of the Greek yogurt.
Then sprinkle each of the 2 remaining cheeses over the top as shown in the photo above.
Once done place the pizza onto the oiled baking tray and into the preheated oven on the middle shelf.
Allow the pizza to bake for 15 - 20 minutes. During this time the cheese will melt and turn a lovely golden brown. The base will also crisp up to flaky pizza perfection.
Once done you can use oven mitts to remove the pizza, place into onto a cutting board rest it for a minute or 2 (so the melted cheese can 'set) and then use a pizza wheel to slice it into pieces.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
If however, there is only 1 or 2 of you, all you need to do is slice it up and serve.
It is cheesy, garlicky and did I mention the spinach and feta (to die for combo!!). I have a feeling you may well love it.
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store leftover pizza slices in a sealed airtight container for 1-2 days. They are best then being reheated before being consumed.
How to Reheat
You can place pieces of the spinach feta pizza onto a plate covered with cling wrap and reheat in the microwave on high for 1 minute or until heated through.
Or to ensure the base is crispy place the pizza slices to the air fryer and heat for 1- 3 minutes or oven for 4-5 minutes.
How to Freeze
Freeze frozen slices of the pizza in an airtight container or wrapped in cling wrap. They can be frozen for up to 3 months and need to be reheated before being consumed.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
Here are my sub ins and outs that you might be thinking about as you read the post and I will tell you if I think they will work or why they won't:
- You can add some ricotta cheese and or thicker slices of mozzarella cheese if you wish too.
- For more topping ideas try some sliced fresh mushrooms, caramelized onion or kalamata olives.
- I prefer to use Greek feta (rougher texture) for this recipe. But Danish feta (smooth texture) will work too if you want to use that.
- Use your favorite pizza base to make the recipe. Be it a naan bread base, pita bread, homemade dough or store bought dough that you roll into shape.
- You can add some pine nuts on top of the cheese layer if you wish for extra texture on top.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks that I want to share with you so that you master the recipe from the get go:
- Feta is known for being a rather salty cheese. If you don't like salty foods, then I recommend rinsing the cheese before crumbling it as well as omitting the salt when frying the spinach.
- When cooking the pizza, to ensure a super crispy base, you can lift the pizza off the pan for the final 5-10 minutes of cook time. (Place the pan under the pizza on a lower shelf to catch any melting cheese).
- Something to keep in mind about the bases is that a thin base (pita bread for example) will take a lot less time to crisp and cook than a thicker (dough based) pizza base.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
Should spinach be cooked before putting on pizza?
For this recipe, yes, the spinach needs to be cooked before being added to the pizza. However, in contrast many recipes with multiple toppings and only a small amount of spinach will add the leaves raw and it will cook well without needing to be sauteed first.
Does spinach go under cheese on pizza?
Yes. Place the combined spinach and feta mixture onto the pizza above the sauce layer. Then sprinkle this with cheese. The cheese layer will help the topping to stick to the top of the pizza and ensure the spinach and feta is moist and not dried out.
How do you cook spinach on a pizza without burning it?
To prevent spinach from burning on pizza, ensure it is not the top layer of the pizza, that it is covered with a cheese layer, that the oven is not too hot and the pizza goes on the middle not top shelf of the oven.
😍 More Easy Dinner Recipes
Pizza here there and everywhere, but not every night and we both know why 😉👍. Here are some recipes for the 'we are not having pizza tonight' nights:
- Chicken Corn Noodle Soup
- Black Olive Pizza
- Meatball Rigatoni
- Thai Minced Pork
- Chicken Pesto Linguine
- Meatballs Alfredo
- Italian Short Ribs
- Slow Cooker Lamb Ribs
- Salmon Linguine
- Grilled Chicken Alfredo
Spinach and Feta Pizza
Spinach and Feta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic chunky, minced
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
- ¼ teaspoon salt Note 1
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 8 cups spinach leaves firmly packed, Note 2
- 2 tablespoon Greek yogurt
- 1 pizza base Note 3
- ¼ cup mozzarella cheese grated using a hand held or box grater
- ¼ cup tasty cheese grated using a hand held or box grater
- fresh basil leaves stems removed
- Preheat the oven: preheat the oven to 180°C / 350-375°F / Gas Mark 4-5.
- Garlic and spinach: place a large frying pan on the stove top, turn the heat to high, add the olive oil and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Chilli, salt and pepper: then add the chilli flakes, salt and pepper to the pan. Stir to combine with the sauteed garlic.
- Spinach: add the spinach leaves to the pan and stir, allowing them to soften and wilt. Once done, transfer them to a bowl.
- Feta: hold the block of feta cheese over the bowl of spinach, then use your fingers to break the cheese and allow the crumbles to fall into the bowl. Stir this mixture to combine.
- Pizza base: spray a pizza tray with cooking oil, then use a rolling pin to push the dough into a semi round shape and place it onto the oiled tray.
- Sauce: dollop the Greek yogurt onto the pizza base and use the back of a spoon to spread it out into a thin layer.
- Spinach and feta: spoon the combined spinach and feta mixture onto the Greek yogurt. Spread so that it is in one consistently even layer.
- Cheese: sprinkle each of the mozzarella and grated cheese over the top of the spinach and feta mixture.
- Oven bake: place the pizza into the oven (uncovered) and allow it to bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Use an oven mitt to remove the tray from under the pizza (slide it off) and place it onto a lower shelf for the last 5 minutes of cooking to allow the base to crip up.
- Serve: once the pizza is cooked, use oven mitts and a pair of tongs to slide the pizza out and place it onto a chopping board. Allow it to rest for 1-2 minutes (to set the cheese layer) and then use a pizza wheel to slice it into pieces. Garnish with basil leaves and serve warm.
- Note 1 - Salt: the feta is known for being a salty cheese. If you don't like salty foods, both omit this (salt) and rinse the feta before using. These 2 steps will moderate the flavors and reduce the salt flavor in the pizza.
- Note 2 - Spinach leaves: this sounds like a lot of spinach (8 cups!!) but it wilts down considerably. This is a bit less than a large 280 gram (9.8 oz) bag. If you have purchased a big bag (280 grams/10 oz) and want to use it all, you can. I give specific measurements as I know some readers want precise instructions 😁.
- Note 3 - Pizza base: you can use your favorite pizza base. Thin bases will take less time to cook than thicker bases. Store bought dough that you only need roll yourself is totally fine to use 😉👌.
- Note - Portion size: this makes 1 hearty pizza which will easily serve 2 people. Or double the batch for hungry eaters.