Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza

$3.61 recipe / $0.90 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
5 from 12 votes
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It’s FRIDAY! And Fridays call for pizza. I haven’t had pizza in forever and I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to chew pizza with my new braces, but let’s be real, even a mouth full of wire and tender teeth can’t keep me from pizza. I was craving a white pizza this week, similar to one that I had at one of my favorite pizza places in New Orleans (Pizza Delicious, if you’re wondering), so I whipped up this super simple Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza.

Baked Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza on parchment with one slice being pulled away

Ricotta for the Win

Ricotta is what really makes this pizza special. If you’re not familiar with ricotta, it’s creamy and light all at the same time. The flavor is mild, almost sweet, and closer in flavor to fresh milk than most cheeses. This allows the pizza to have a delicious creaminess without feeling overly heavy, which is exactly what I want for a summer pizza! Plus, since the ricotta is so deliciously moist, I didn’t even need a sauce. Just a light brush of olive oil and garlic on the crust and I was good to go!

What Kind of Pizza Dough to Use

You can make this Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza on any type of dough you like. This time around, I needed something a bit softer so that I could chew it with my braces on, so I went with my classic Pizza Dough recipe. Another couple of good options are my Thin and Crispy Pizza Crust, or my Honey Wheat Pizza Dough. But you could certainly buy a store-bought pizza dough if you’re short on time. I hear Trader Joe’s has an excellent ready-to-go pizza dough!

Close up view of browned crust and cheese on Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza

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Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza

5 from 12 votes
Garlicky greens and creamy ricotta pair perfectly on this light and fresh Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza. It’s the perfect pizza for summer! 
Garlicky greens and creamy ricotta pair perfectly on this light and fresh Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza. It’s the perfect pizza for summer! BudgetBytes.com
Servings 4 2 slices each
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 30 mins

Ingredients

Garlicky Kale

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.13)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced ($0.08)
  • 6 cups torn kale leaves ($0.50)

Pizza

  • 1 large pizza dough* ($0.32)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.13)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta ($1.13)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella ($1.25)

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 400ºF. If your kale is still on the stem, pull the leaves from the stems and tear them into 2-inch pieces. Rinse the kale well in a colander.
  • Place the minced garlic and olive oil in a large pot and sauté over medium heat for about one minute, or just until the garlic is soft and fragrant. Add the kale and continue to sauté for about 5 minutes, or until it has wilted. Season with a pinch of salt.
  • Stretch your pizza dough (about 12-14") and place it on your pizza pan. In a small dish, combine the olive oil and garlic powder, then brush it onto the surface of the dough. Scatter the sautéed kale over the surface, then top with dollops of ricotta. Finally, sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over top.
  • Bake the pizza for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust has browned, the cheese is melted, and the cheese has begun to brown on the edges. Slice the pizza into 8 pieces, and serve.

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Notes

*I used my classic Pizza Dough recipe. The cooking time and temperature for your pizza may vary depending on what type of dough you are using. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 498.15kcalCarbohydrates: 57.8gProtein: 21.1gFat: 21.58gSodium: 811.4mgFiber: 3.33g
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A hand picking up a piece of Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza

How to Make Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza – Step by Step Photos

Sautéed Garlic in a pot with a wooden spoon

Start by preheating your oven for the pizza (400ºF for the type of dough I used). If your kale is still on the stem, pull the kale leaves from the stems and tear them into 2-inch pieces (you’ll want about 6 cups). Rinse them well in a colander. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to a large pot along with one clove of minced garlic. Sauté the garlic for only about a minute, or until it is soft and fragrant, but not brown.

Fresh kale added to a large pot

Add your rinsed kale to the pot. Don’t worry if it’s still quite wet, the water will steam the kale and help it wilt. I had an ENORMOUS bunch of kale, and this was about half of that bunch.

Sautéed Kale in the pot with a wooden spoon

Continue to sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the kale is wilted. Season with a pinch of salt.

Brush Garlic Oil onto stretched pizza dough

In a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Stretch your pizza dough over your pizza pan (about 12-14 inches, it’s flexible!) and brush the garlic oil over top.

Topped Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza

Next, scatter the garlicky kale over the dough, then add dollops of ricotta (about 1 cup total). Finally, sprinkle 1 cup shredded mozzarella over everything.

Unbaked Kale and Ricotta Pizza

OMG it already looks so good. This pizza does bake a little longer than most pizzas, because the toppings are piled fairly high.

Finished Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza

Bake the pizza until the crust is golden brown, the cheese is melted, and the cheese is beginning to brown on the edges. YUM.

Sliced Kale Pizza on parchment paper

Slice the pizza into 8 pieces, grab a cold glass of white wine, and enjoy!!

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  1. Terrific delicous easy recipe– I took “easy” one step further and used whole wheat pita bread rounds for the crust (just laid them flat on a large baking sheet and followed the rest of the directions. Making it this way is “migraine prevention diet” friendly, too. Thanks for another great recipe, Beth!

  2. This is GOOD! I knew I’d like it because I love ricotta, and I definitely added more than one clove of garlic and will add more next time ;) You’ve inspired me to try making pizza more, I usually don’t like pizza without red sauce but this one is sooo delicious. – I had a little extra kale (used one whole bag of Trader Joe’s kale and a TJ’s garlic crust) but am just saving it to mix into scrambled eggs.

  3. This looks so amazing! I have a question though.
    My mum recently bought a can of kale since fresh is not available where I live. Do you think this recipe would work with preserved, already chopped kale? I really have no clue what else to do with that can.

    1. Yes, I actually think that’s a great option for canned kale! I would just make sure to drain it super well so the pizza doesn’t get soggy. :)

  4. The recipe looks great . But I dont take any kinda cheese . Can I use just ricotta cheese to make a pizza?
    Your help will help me tons . Thanks

    1. yes, that is how I make it. I sometimes think people eat too much cheese on pizza. A true Italian pizza is no or little cheese.

  5. This was delicious. So simple and tasty. We will definitely be making it again.

  6. Just made this for dinner tonight. It is so good. The ricotta and garlic really make this pizza amazing! I just used a premade Trader Joe’s pizza crust. Works great. I will definitely be making this again. 

  7. Making this one for. First time tonight from the vegetarian meal plan!! Thanks for putting that together Beth. It’s exciting to see your blog get so big. 

    Can you think about adding a few optional desserts to the meal plan? My wife said it would be a nice addition to the plan. 

    Cheers!