Arugula Pesto, Ricotta, and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza is a quick, light, and tasty choice for a weeknight meal. Smoky mozzarella cheese provides a pronounced taste and aroma to this ricotta- and arugula-based pizza.The peppery arugula and smoky mozzarella make for a delicious new take on the traditional pie.

Giada De Laurentiis


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 475°. Sprinkle baking sheet with cornmeal.

  • In food processor, blend ricotta, garlic, salt, and pepper until smooth. Add mozzarella and arugula. Pulse to combine.

  • On lightly floured surface, roll pizza dough into a 14-inch circle; transfer to baking sheet. Spread ricotta mixture on top, leaving a 1-inch border. Top with tomatoes and drizzle with oil. Bake 15 to 16 minutes, until the crust is golden.


Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner. Copyright 2012 by Giada De Laurentiis. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc.

Nutrition Facts

303 calories; fat 9.6g; saturated fat 3.8g; mono fat 3.4g; poly fat 0.5g; protein 14g; carbohydrates 38g; fiber 6g; cholesterol 21mg; ironmg; sodium 631mg; calciummg.