Arugula pear pizza

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Are you looking for a fun new pizza recipe that is a little bit sweet and a little bit savory? Then check out this recipe for arugula pear pizza! This tasty vegetarian pizza is topped with spiced pears, fresh arugula, honey, a sour cream drizzle, and pecans. 

We make this arugula pear pizza with a gluten free pizza crust so that the pizza is gluten free. However, if you do not have a gluten allergy then you could also make this pizza with a regular pizza crust – no other substitutions are necessary!

A fully cooked arugula pear pizza with an arugula salad on top of it. The arugula salad is made of arugula, pecans, honey, and a sour cream drizzle.

What is on arugula pear pizza?

What is on this arugula pear pizza? Here are the main ingredients that are used in this arugula pear pizza.

  • Mozzarella cheese. Mozzarella cheese is the main cheese that is used in this recipe for arugula pear pizza. We recommend using around 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, but if you are a cheese lover then you can use even more!
  • Pear. The pear is really the star of the show on this arugula pear pizza. The pear is sliced into thin slices and cooked in a mixture of butter and spices until it is nice and tender. The spiced pear brings a pleasant sweetness to the pizza that is absolutely to die for!
  • Arugula. The arugula is another high note in this arugula pear pizza. Fresh arugula is added to the pizza after it is done cooking then tossed with some nuts and honey. The slight bitterness of the arugula provides a nice contrast to the sweetness of the spiced pears.
  • Pecans. Some pecan pieces are also added to this arugula pear pizza. The pecans should be added after the pizza is done cooking and tossed with the arugula salad that is added on top of the pizza.
  • Honey. A slight drizzle of honey is added to bring even more sweetness to this arugula pear pizza. The honey brings a nice, warm flavor that compliments the flavor of the spiced pears and the pecans. Nature Nate’s is our absolute favorite when it comes to honey brands – their honey is even labeled as gluten free on the packaging!
  • Sour cream & heavy cream. Some sour cream and heavy cream is combined to make a creamy drizzle for this arugula pear pizza. The creaminess of the sour cream drizzle perfectly compliments the fresh arugula salad on top of the pizza.
  • Sage, nutmeg, & brown sugar. A mixture of sage, butter, and brown sugar is used to spice the pears for this arugula pear pizza. This provides the pears with a nice warm flavor and a little extra sweetness. 
  • Olive oil. Olive oil is used in place of a traditional sauce on this arugula pear pizza. For best results, we recommend using a high quality olive oil with a nice, subtle flavor. California Olive Ranch is our favorite brand when it comes to olive oil. The smooth, buttery flavor of their olive oil can’t be beat! Seriously, you need to try it!

Spiced pears cooking in a silver stainless steel pan. The pears are lightly browned and ready to be put on an arugula pear pizza.

How to make arugula pear pizza?

How do you make this arugula pear pizza? Here are all the steps you need to take to make this arugula pear pizza.

  • Preheat the oven. The first step in cleaning the oven is to preheat the oven. If you have a pizza stone then you should add the pizza stone to the oven before you preheat the oven.
  • Slice the pear. Next, slice the pear into thin slices. The pear gets nice and sweet when it is cooked so the thicker the pear slices are, the sweeter the pizza will be.
  • Cook the pear. After you slice the pear, it is time to cook the pear. The pear should be cooked in butter over medium heat until it is tender and lightly browned. A mixture of brown sugar, sage, and nutmeg is used to flavor the pear.
  • Add the olive oil, mozzarella, and pear to the pizza. Next it is time to assemble the arugula pear pizza. First, add a thin layer of olive oil then cover the olive oil with Mozzarella cheese. Add a layer of spiced pear on top of the mozzarella cheese. The more pears you add, the sweeter the pizza will be. 
  • Cook the pizza. After you assemble the pizza, it is time to cook the pizza. If you want your pizza to have an extra crispy crust then we recommend that you cook your pizza at a high temperature on a pizza stone that has been preheated in the oven. If you do not have a pizza stone then you should seriously consider getting one! Nothing else crisps up a pizza crust quite like a nice, hot pizza stone. Emile Henry pizza stones are our favorites because they are durable and hold high temperatures better than most other pizza stones we have tried.
  • Mix the sour cream drizzle. When the pizza is cooking, mix together the ingredients for the sour cream drizzle. We usually transfer our drizzle to a sandwich bag and cut off one corner of the bag to make a makeshift piping bag. That way our drizzle comes out nice and even. 
  • Add the arugula, pecan, honey, and sour cream drizzle to the pizza. When the pizza is done cooking, it is time to add the arugula salad on top of the pizza. Position a bed of arugula in the middle of the pizza then add the pecans to the arugula salad. Drizzle the honey and sour cream drizzle over the top of the pizza.

An uncooked arugula pear pizza with mozzarella cheese and spiced pears on it. The pizza is spread out on a sheet of parchment paper.

How to store arugula pear pizza

Are you planning on making enough arugula pear pizza to have leftovers? We recommend waiting to put the arugula, pecans, honey, and sour cream drizzle to the pizza until you are ready to eat it. The arugula salad and the drizzles do not reheat as well as the rest of the pizza, so it is best to wait to put them on until the pizza has already been reheated.

How to reheat arugula pear pizza

Are you wondering how to reheat this arugula pear pizza?

  • In the oven. We recommend heating the arugula pear pizza in the oven if possible. The pizza should be reheated at around 475 degrees for a few minutes. For best results, you should use a pizza stone to reheat the pizza stone. This ensures that your pizza crust comes out nice and crispy, rather than dense and soggy.
  • In the microwave. If you do not have enough time to reheat the pizza in the oven, then you can also reheat the pizza in the microwave. The crust will not be as crispy if it is reheated in the microwave, but it will still be tasty! The pizza slices should be heated for 1 – 2 minutes on full power depending on how many slices are being reheated at once.

Arugula pear pizza

This tasty arugula pear pizza recipe is great for anyone who is looking to get a few extra servings of fruits and vegetables in on pizza night. This arugula pear pizza is topped with generous portions of spiced pears and arugula then finished off with a drizzle of honey and fresh pecans.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: egg free, gluten free, vegetarian
Servings: 1 pizza

Ingredients

  • 9 oz gluten free pizza dough
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • honey

Spiced pears

  • 2 pears
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sage

Sour cream drizzle

  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 475 degrees.
    If you plan to make your pizza on a pizza stone, then you should preheat the pizza stone in the oven and assemble the pizza on a sheet of parchment paper that can be used to transfer it to the oven.
  • Slice the pears into thin slices.
  • Heat a pan over medium heat then add the butter for the spiced pears. When the butter melts, add the pears, sage, nutmeg, and brown sugar and cook the pears for 15 - 20 minutes.
    When the pears are done, they should be lightly browned and tender.
  • Roll the pizza crust out so that it is 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. 
    We recommend shaping the pizza crust on a sheet of parchment paper that can be transferred to a baking sheet or pizza stone for cooking. If your pizza dough is sticky, you will need to cover your hands in flour or olive oil to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands.
  • Assemble the pizza by spreading a layer of olive oil over the pizza base then topping it with mozzarella cheese. Add the cooked pears on top of the cheese.
    The pears are going to be sweet, so if you prefer more of a savory pizza then you should add them sparingly.
  • Transfer the pizza to the oven and cook the pizza for 20 - 22 minutes at 475 degrees.
  • As the pizza is cooking, mix together the ingredients for the sour cream drizzle.
  • When the pizza is done cooking, add an arugula salad to the center of the pizza. Mix some pecans into the arugula salad then drizzle some honey over the argala salad. Drizzle the sour cream drizzle over the entire pizza.

Notes

Measuring pizza dough. Are you having trouble figuring out how much pizza dough to use to make this arugula pear pizza? If you are buying pizza dough at the grocery store then there should be a label on the pizza dough that displays the number of ounces in the bag. If you are making your own pizza, you should use around 1 1/2 cups of flour to make the appropriate amount of dough. 9 ounces of dough should be roughly enough to make a 12 inch pizza.

Substitutions for arugula pear pizza

  • Gluten free pizza crust. We use a gluten free pizza crust to make our pizza, but if you do not have a gluten intolerance then you can also use a regular pizza crust. No other substitutions are necessary!
  • Sour cream & heavy cream. If you do not want to make the sour cream drizzle, you can try drizzling a creamy sauce you already have such as ranch dressing over the pizza instead! Just make sure that the sauce does not have so much flavor that it overpowers the other flavors in the pizza.
  • Pecan pieces. If you cannot find pecan pieces, then you can replace the pecans with a similar nut. Walnuts would be our first choice. 
  • Honey. If you do not have honey, then we recommend just omitting the honey drizzle rather than using a substitute like maple syrup or agave. The pizza is already plenty sweet on it’s own.

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