Red Wine Spinach and Spinach Prosciutto Pizza

Spinach is low in calories yet packed full of nutrients, like vitamins, minerals and fibre, which are good for you. This is such a versatile vegetable. It can be eaten raw in salads or enjoyed cooked on its own or added to soups and other dishes. However, people who have kidney problems will have to be careful about eating this green, as "oxalates/草酸" in spinach may interfere with the absorption of "calcium/钙", as well as potentially crystallize. Find out more information of how to select, store, and enjoy spinach here.
The outbreak of the intestinal bacteria EHEC has now killed more than 10 people and hundreds of people falling ill in Germany. It is suspected that the outbreak is linked to contaminated salads and vegetables, but there has been no confirmation of the source. So to play it safe, I have prepared all sorts of leafy vegetables these days COOKED, even those greens on the pizza.

Red Wine Spinach (adapted from Essen und Trinken)
  • 375 g Spinach, roughly cut into chunks
  • 2 Shallots, finely diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, pressed
  • 25 g Butter
  • 200 ml Red wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pinch off the spinach leaves and discard stems. Soak the leaves in the water for 30 minutes. Drain. Rinse and drain a couple more times until the water is clear. Drain and roughly cut the leaves into smaller chunks.
  2. Finely chop the shallots and crush the garlic through a press. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Stir in chopped shallots and garlic over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Pour in red wine and cook until it’s syrupy. Add in chopped spinach and cook, covered, for 2-3 minutes. Taste with salt and pepper.

Spinach Prosciutto Pizza
Fresh Tomato Pizza SaucePizza
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 Large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 clove Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 kg Fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 3 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1/2 tbsp Dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 300 g Bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 g Instant dried yeast
  • 210 ml Water
  • Tomato pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella or Gruyere, grated
  • Parmesan, grated
  • Spinach
  • Prosciutto
  • Black olives
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cut small x in base of each tomato. Bring a large pot of water to boil. In a large basin or container add cold water and some ice. Using a slotted spoon put a few tomatoes in the boiling water for about 20 seconds. The skin will split where the x was cut. Transfer each tomato to the prepared ice bath. After the tomato cools use fingers to pull the skin off of the tomato. Slice the tomato in quarters. Remove the seeds and chop.
  2. Heat oil in large pan. Add in chopped onions and cook over medium heat for until transparent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, paste, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 30 minutes.
  3. Stir together the flour, salt and instant yeast in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on low speed with the paddle attachment until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Fit the mixer with the dough hook and knead the dough at the lowest speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Punch dough down, divide into 2 balls, and allow them to relax for another 30 minutes. Heat up pizza stone in a 250C/500F oven. Form a 12 to 14-inch pizza crust and place on a piece of parchment paper sprinkled with yellow cornmeal.
  5. Top pizza dough with pizza sauce, spreading with back of a spoon to within 1/2-inch of edge. Place topping on the crust and place the pizza, with the parchment paper in the oven on the pizza stone. Bake until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 10 minutes.


Priscilla - She's Cookin' 2/6/11 07:26

Angie, you must have created this for me! I could eat spinach at every meal, if it weren't for my family objecting :)
I'll have to add some red wine to my usual sauteed spinach - good for your heart!

Anonymous 2/6/11 07:38

What an incredible pizzaand I love the idea of red wine spinach.
:-) Mandy

purabi naha 2/6/11 08:18

Awesome, healthy pizza indeed! Liked the photographs too!!

Puja 2/6/11 08:27

The pizza is so inviting and your pics are just worth drooling…yum
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The Cilantropist 2/6/11 09:06

Thanks for raising awareness about the e coli outbreak in Europe - so dangerous but absolutely can be avoided by cooking vegetables while there is this threat. These recipes look delicious, especially the pizza!

Unknown 2/6/11 09:11

Healthy and a yummy choice

Sunanda 2/6/11 09:32

Pizza looks amazing dear..Feel like having a piece right now..Nice presentation..

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 2/6/11 10:57

Two wonderful creations! What an interesting and original way of preparing spinach. A lovely idea.



Maris (In Good taste) 2/6/11 11:10

This is absolutely a gorgeous pizza and i am bookmarking this post

maameemoomoo - a ½ food blog 2/6/11 11:44

Gorgeous pizza dear... and please, do play safe yeah? Perhaps, even give vege a miss till things stabilizes?

Joanne 2/6/11 11:56

Spinach is definitely a great vegetable to throw on dishes like pizza! I love that you braised it in red wine...definitely adds some great flavor to this!

Priya Suresh 2/6/11 12:08

Both looks simply marvellous and delicious..

Rumana Rawat 2/6/11 12:56

OMG!!!! That looks so delicious...

TinaRBK 2/6/11 13:14

Looks like you have been dining in style! You really rounded it out to a healthy meal. Spinach is always a nice addition to pizza. Also, thanks for posting the recipe for the side dish!Buzzed this post.

Finla 2/6/11 13:27

Wish i had the pizza looks so so good.

Faith 2/6/11 14:21

Spinach is one of my favorite veggies and this looks like a really flavorful way of preparing it! Love both dish ideas!

Honey Bee Sweets 2/6/11 14:40

I love spinach too! I used to eat it everyday when I was still in States, cooked or in salads. But now with kids, their face would wrinkle if I serve them spinach every day. Great idea with the pizza, will try it out with my kids next time...they will eat literally any topping if it's on a pizza! Lol!

Raina 2/6/11 15:00

We had a similar problem with greens in the states, awful when you have to worry about the food you are eating, especially when you are trying to eat healthy things. The way you have prepared the spinach sounds wonderful and the pizza looks amazing. Your crust looks nice and cripsy:)

Unknown 2/6/11 15:46

I love spinach.. I often munch it raw for snack :)
This dish looks superb. Red wine is my wine of preference... so, it's a win win for me. The pizza looks fantastic too. Love the thin crust.
Have a nice day.

art is in the kitchen 2/6/11 15:49

Oh Angie. this is the ultimate pizza! Exquisite topping and the crust to dream about! Your photos do not deceive at all! Cheers!!!


Lovely. There's nothing better than GOOD pizza!

lena 2/6/11 16:44

whenever there's an outbreak of a bacteria especially in food , it really worries us. At one time, we also had reports of bacteria found in pork and we just stop eating pork at one time but vegetables, i think it's hard. How can we not eat vegetables? Hope the authority concerned over there can find the source of this ehec outbreak asap. btw, that red wine spinach sounds really intriguing!

Carolyn 2/6/11 16:44

Oh no! I hadn't heard about this outbreak of bacteria. How awful. But both of your dishes with the cooked spinach look wonderful!

Elisabeth 2/6/11 16:56

Angie-Both recipes are absolutely perfect, delicious, and so inviting! Love the thin crust pizza dough, and especially the topping of the spinach, and prosciutto.
Your pizza sauce with the fresh tomato is another recipe that I would love to make. I'm bookmarking this page for sure:DDD

Gloria Baker 2/6/11 17:29

I love spinachs! and this look delicious! gloria

kitchen flavours 2/6/11 17:32

Your red wine spinach pizza looks delicious! You are right, it is better to be safe than sorry!

Cristina 2/6/11 18:12

Hi Angie: I hadn't heard about that intestinal bacteria outbreak. How scary and concerning!

Two beautiful and healthful dishes with spinach. The dish using the red wine looks so elegant.

Beth 2/6/11 18:15

Good idea to cook your spinach. That pizza looks amazing!

Sarah Naveen 2/6/11 18:18

so flavorful , perfect and yummy !!! i want it now..

Sweet And Crumby 2/6/11 18:35

That looks insanely good! Great recipe!

ann low 2/6/11 18:38

Angie, this looks so fantastic! Hope I can grab a slice thru my PC now..haha..

Anonymous 2/6/11 19:05

I read this title and scrolled through the pictures multiple times, just to make sure my eyes weren't lying. I'm in heaven. Both of these recipes look absolutely delicious! Gorgeous photos as well.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 2/6/11 19:06

I love spinach, the flavors are so good in that dish. And the pizza is just amazing.

Belinda @zomppa 2/6/11 19:16

I love spinach - no idea why - but love these two ways - red wine, now that's interesting!

RavieNomNoms 2/6/11 19:34

Oh wow that is just amazing! Looks fantastic! Love your pictures!

sensiblecooking 2/6/11 20:09

I have never tried cooking spinach with red wine. Pizza looks amazing.

chow and chatter 2/6/11 22:08

wow amazing pizza so sad about the E coli in Germany your approach is wise stay well my friend

Hornsfan 2/6/11 23:13

Angie these look delicious, hope you're well with all the horrible storesi of the e-coli outbreak in Germany.

Chris's Gourmet Fashion 2/6/11 23:44

OK that is a really good looking pizza! That crust looks just how I like it :) I would never have thought to combine red wine with spinach - got to give it a try sometime.

fimere 2/6/11 23:45

une pizza originale et savoureuse l'idée de mettre les épinards sur la pizza est excellente
bonne soirée

Claudia 2/6/11 23:52

I've been following the e-coli outbreak in Europe which is very scary. About 1-1/2 years ago we had one linked to bagged salad (which I use all winter). Smart to play it safe and cook the greens! But very smart to use your greens as deliciously as you do in this pizza. (Which is calling to me)

My Little Space 3/6/11 01:49

What a nice great flavour oo your pizza! thanks for sharing.
Have a great day, dear.
Blessings, Kristy

Tiffany 3/6/11 02:35

This is SUCH a sultry pizza! :D

Lisa @ Tarte du Jour 3/6/11 04:33

I adore spinach and these look like two great recipes!!

Michelle 3/6/11 04:54

Spinach is by far my favorite vegetable. Ever. I would eat both of these dishes in a heartbeat!

Kate@Diethood 3/6/11 05:30

Now there's something that I have never tried - red wine spinach! I love spinach and I eat it all the time...I am definitely trying this!!

Tes 3/6/11 14:11

You are an angel! by Making me crave spinach :)

marla 3/6/11 14:54

Spinach is a favorite over here & these recipes look wonderful Angie!

Jocie's Mom 3/6/11 16:19

Great dishes. What's going on in Europe is so scary. No more raw veg in our house for a while! Thanks for sharing

Mary Bergfeld 3/6/11 17:23

This really is packed with flavor and I'm sure it is delicious. I love this type of pizza. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

lisaiscooking 3/6/11 18:33

Spinach is one of my favorite pizza toppings! And, the red wine sauce looks fantastic. I have to try that dish!

Linda 3/6/11 20:22

Your pizza is perfect! Love the thin you've just made me very hungry for pizza tonight!

Torviewtoronto 3/6/11 20:35

looks wonderful I saute spinach like this without the wine it is delicious isn't it
pizza looks fabulous

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 3/6/11 22:11

What a unique pizza flavor -- love your creativity!

sweetlife 3/6/11 23:35

a perfect treat for movie night!!


Heather S-G 4/6/11 01:31

Oh yes! I want both the pizza and the red wine spinach...delicious combos.

Liz 4/6/11 01:55

Wow, this is one lovely pizza...and the spinach you created looks amazing. I'm so sorry for the deadly e-coli scary...especially when they haven't found the exact cause of contamination.

Martha 4/6/11 03:46

Oh yeah, this is definitely my kind of pizza! Awesome :-)

Anonymous 4/6/11 04:26

The spinach prepared with red wine sounds excellent, a must try! terrific looking pizza too!

Ivy 4/6/11 05:35

The spinach in red wine sounds a wonderful ingredient to add to pizza.

Sue 4/6/11 07:13

Your pizza looks delicious! Good idea to play it safe with the cooked vegetables!

Christine Ho 4/6/11 07:18

Beautiful pizza. what a clever way of using red wine and Spinach to make pizza. :)

Maria 4/6/11 09:36

We love spinach in this house, these sound so good!

Gosia 4/6/11 13:48

Interesting blog! I love spinach and probably tomorrow I'll try your recipe.

Patty Price 4/6/11 15:57

Angie your spinach with red wine is beautiful, the baby spinach we have in our markets looks beautiful now and this would be an excellent time to give this recipe a try. I love your pizza with spinach and prosciutto topping as well. I can't remember the last time I made pizza at home, probably a few years! I heard about the e-coli outbreak in Germany, how scary and tragic, I hope they find the source of it soon and end this nightmare.
Best wishes and take care;-)

Lora @cakeduchess 4/6/11 19:36

I was just reading more about the E-Coli outbreak this morning. Very scary and I hope they find the source very soon. Love the way you prepared the spinach. Your pizza looks fabulous! Hope your weekend is lovely, Angie! xx

fimere 4/6/11 20:17

une pizza des plus appétissantes, j'adore
bonne soirée

ANNEMİNELİ 4/6/11 23:45

Ellerinize sağlık,çok güzel görünüyor.Sevgiletrrrr..

Spoon and Chopsticks 5/6/11 02:51

Love your red wine spinach. What a great idea. I will have to give this a try.

spcookiequeen 5/6/11 05:44

I heard about that scary outbreak on the news, good idea to cook your spinach. I love it and try and use it as often as possible. Your pizza looks so good, wish I had a piece for dinner.

Mother Rimmy 5/6/11 20:14

I'd heard about that outbreak on the news. I'll pick up my greens at our local farmers markets and wash them thoroughly. It pays to be careful. Lovely spinach recipe. I'd never have thought to cook them in a red wine sauce.

OysterCulture 6/6/11 03:11

All I can think of is that advertisement "two great tastes that taste great together." This sounds like a winning meal.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 6/6/11 17:01

I love spinach and chard! This sounds like a wonderful way to prepare it. The pizza looks amazing and making my tummy growl :)

Stevie 6/6/11 21:59

Your red wine spinach looks so elegant and tasty. The color combinations are really appealing and would make any dinner memorable.

I am truly amazed by your pizza. You seem to make it effortless.

Anna C 11/6/11 06:49

Sorry to hear about this current health scare which has claimed lives. Your cooking method seems an excellent solution which allows you to still enjoy green vegetables. I've always loved greens on my pizza and your creations are spot on!

SpicyTasty 16/6/11 23:54

visiting your blog after a long break..nice presentation and a very tempting recipe..I am glad to invite you to participate in our "Quick and Easy recipe mela".


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