This beautiful heart pizza will have you falling head over heels … for beets and your sweetheart.
My attitude toward Valentine’s Day has changed over the seven years Mr. Making Life Sweet and I have been together. Our first celebration was full of teenage emotion and anticipation. We got together to exchange gifts at Dairy Queen (where we first met each other) and I’ll never forget his first Valentine’s gift to me: a 3-foot tall card, flowers and lots of chocolate.
The enormous card had a pair of monkeys on the front and it read, “I love hanging with you.” This was before we’d reached the actual “I love YOU” stage, but I was giddy as any girl could be. Since that monkey card, we’ve had years where we didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day and years where we did. But now that we are married the holiday has taken on a new importance. You see, when you are married you would think you have all the time in the world to spend with your husband. But the truth is, life and obligations are still real and time is not as abundant as you would like it to be.
That’s why this year I’m going all out for Valentine’s Day, and it starts with this Beet Pesto, Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese pizza — all in the shape of a heart! I first came across this recipe for beet pesto through my friend Julia over at The Roasted Root. It was one of those things I bookmarked but never tried.
I remembered the recipe when I got the idea to make a heart pizza earlier this year. I knew the beet pesto would provide the color and taste I wanted for a pizza like this, so I went and located the recipe again. If you’re wondering why I’m suddenly eating cheese again (I went gluten and dairy free about nine months ago for health-related reasons), it’s because my doctor encouraged me to take another stab at reintroducing cheese into my diet. The way she described it, there might be one type of cheese that doesn’t irritate my system. For example, it may turn out that soft cheese is OK while hard cheese is not and vice versa.
We’ll see how it goes (I’m rooting for being able to eat soft cheeses again … hello goat!!!) and I’ll keep you posted. For now, I’m going to keep shoving my face with the last slice of this amazingly delicious pizza. Who’s with me?
P.S. Happy early Valentine’s Day! Stay tuned later this week for a love-themed dessert. 😉
- [b]For the crust:[/b]
- 1 cup high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 2 cups (280 g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour (I use Cup4Cup)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
- [b]For the pizza:[/b]
- 1/2 cup caramelized onions
- [url href=”http://www.theroastedroot.net/roasted-beet-pesto/” target=”_blank”]3/4 cup roasted beet pesto[/url]
- 1 cup spinach, packed
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Place the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix until combined. Add olive oil and water in a steady stream and mix on medium speed until mixture begins to come together. Remove dough from mixer and press into a disk.
- Place dough in another medium-size bowl and drizzle with olive oil, turning the dough to coat it completely. This will prevent a crust from forming on the dough while it is rising. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm, draft-free area to rise until doubled in volume (about 1 hour).
- After the dough has risen, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour before rolling out. To make pizza, roll between two pieces of parchment paper and use your hands to form dough into the shape of a heart. Create a crust by rolling in the edges, brush the dough with olive oil, and blind bake it at about 400°F for 5 minutes, so the crust begins to crisp.
- Remove crust from oven and top with beet pesto, spinach, onions and cheese, and bake until the cheese is melted, about 7-10 minutes.
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
What an adorable Valentine pizza Lauren! I would have never thought of roasted beet pesto! I will definitely need to give it a try! That color is just gorgeous!
Lauren Gaskill says
Thanks so much Mary Ann! There was enough beet pesto leftover from the recipe that I made the pizza again last night and just finished off the second round of leftovers for lunch. I do hope you enjoy it!
Omg! This would be a hard pizza to share — luckily my boo doesn’t like these things, even though I LOVE them. I’ll show my love my eating it all myself. hehe
ps the heart shape is adorable!
Lauren Gaskill says
Thanks Annie! I’m so glad you like it!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
So true, life still moves on at an abnormally fast pace despite being married, Lauren! 😉 And sometimes we don’t get to make as much time as we would like for the one we love. Which stinks. But I know I can make time to devour this pizza with my love!! LOVE the beet pesto on here and the heart shape! This is so perfect for Valentines day! Pinned! Cheers, my dear! xoxo
Lauren Gaskill says
Thanks love! Do you and boy have any big plans for Valentine’s Day!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Aw, it’s pure pizza love! I’m all about going all out as much as we can for V-Day!!
What a fun idea for a Valentine’s day treat! I’ve never tried beet pesto, but it sounds interesting and looks beautiful!
How cute!! Love this idea for a heart shaped pizza and that beet pesto sounds (and looks) amazing 🙂
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
This is such a fun idea for Valentine’s Day! We don’t normally do much on the day, because we have young kids, but we’ll definitely be making a special dinner and I love this heart shaped pizza!
This pizza looks so yummy! Nice idea with the shape as well as the beet pesto.
How cute and festive!!!
Stacey | Geeks & Lattes says
This looks delicious, AND so adorable!
Meghan | Fox and Briar says
This is SO CUTE Lauren! I love it! And YAY for cheese in your life again! I hope you find out you can eat alllll the cheese 🙂 I agree, married people need to take the time to celebrate this special holiday. This pizza is perfect for that! Pinning!
Danielle DeVane Wells says
What a cute idea for a romantic Valentine’s DAy (or any day for that matter) dinner! I’ve never thought of doing this! you’re inspirational!
that looks really good! 🙂
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
Ah, I love this post! To remind us to really celebrate our spouses on Valentine’s Day. . I love that you are going all out for your hubby. . so sweet!!! OK, I LOVE this heart shaped pizza! BEET pesto?! What?!!! love this!
Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven says
Waaaait, beet pesto?? Why have I never heard of this and more importantly, why is this pizza not on my dinner menu tonight?? Serious swooning going down over here. 😉
Michelle Stern (What's Cooking with Kids) says
This is ADORABLE!!! Not only would the spouse love it, but I bet kids would love it to. Such a creative use of “pizza sauce” and the color is so pretty!
susan @ the wimpy vegetarian says
Really love the beet pesto!!! So many ways to use it, including your gorgeous pizza 🙂
Lauren Gaskill says
Thanks so much, Susan! It’s great on sandwiches, pastas and it works as a dip, too! 🙂
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
I’ve been thinking about making heart pizzas for Valentine’s! These look perfect and I love this beet pesto!
Brianna @Flippin' Delicious says
This is so pretty and festive! I love the color that the beets give the sauce.
Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says
So fun and perfect for Valentines Day!
Sarah // The Sugar Hit says
This is the cutest freaking this I’ve ever seen. xx`
Lauren Gaskill says
Awww, you just made my day! Thanks Sarah.
Muna Kenny says
Everyone is getting ready for the big V day except me. Your pizza looks delicious and cute 🙂