There is so much more yummy goodness to this pizza than meets the eye – bacon, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, sweet onions, olives, Italian sausage, and black olives are hiding under that layer of mozzarella and spinach. The spinach is on top because it gets almost like “spinach chips” while the pizza bakes at 500 degrees. In doing so, they keep the other toppings from drying out, yet the cheese still peeks through and gets a bit browned. The shreds of Asiago are sprinkled on at the end, and the whole thing is popped back into the oven (turned off at this point) for a few minutes to soften the cheese. DH particularly likes the little puddles of pizza sauce that collect under the protection of the spinach!
I’m making eggplant Parmesan tonight with the leftover pizza sauce and mini penne. ;->