How weird would it be if my new favorite pizza included something GREEN?

I mean, usually I wax poetic (HA) about how I am the most boring-est pizza eater on the planet, forcing any and all around me to order their delivery box completely PLAIN with just cheese because toppings are for fools.

Okay not really. Toppings are for cool people, I of which am not one.

This pizza isn’t packed with tons of toppings per se, but it is packed with two very delicious things:

Whipped ricotta. You could probably do whipped feta if you’re feeling frisky. THAT would be wild.

And marinated kale.

It’s really such a SIMPLE pizza but it tastes incredible. I use the chili garlic paste again on the kale (oh man are you so sick of that yet?) and then some fontina cheese so this is totally just a mash up of some things I adore. Truth.

But together… whoa whoa whoa. Ridiculous.

The kale also gets crispy in places which I freak over. That’s the one way that I truly love kale – like, actually LOVE it. Raw kale salad? Meh. It’s okay. Better with fried chicken.

But most raw kale salads? I’m just like… do less.

This year I’m going to resolve to try to have a FEW extra things on my pizza, if only because it gives me another vehicle to get in some veggies. And another excuse to eat pizza. Because if I’m going to have vegetables for dinner, well, then… I’ll just make pizza. See? I win.

Marinated Kale And Whipped Ricotta Pizza
Marinated Kale And Whipped Ricotta Pizza


pizza dough

  • 1 1/8 cups warm water
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1 head of kale, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely grated parmigiano-regianno cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 ounces fontina cheese, freshly grated
  • crushed red pepper flakes for topping



  1. In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 2 1/2 cups flour and salt, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but is still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work in the additional 1/2 cup flour, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1-1 1/2 hours.

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