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Kids Cook Monday: Homemade Pizza from Scratch

Updated on September 1, 2013

Homemade Gourmet Pizza to Satisfy All Members of the Family

Homemade pizza from scratch is a fun activity to do with kids of all ages. After all, what child doesn't love pizza?

To keep things easier for busy families, these homemade pizza recipes call for prepared pizza shells such as Boboli. Of course, you can always make homemade pizza dough from scratch, with just a few extra steps and a little more time. Since we are often walking in the door an hour or two after supper time, I love that we can whip this up in 15-20 minutes, or less.

Children ages 3 and up can easily help with this recipe for Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Arugula pizza. Just have your youngster help crumble the cheese over the top, brush on the olive oil, or sprinkle sea salt or chives on the top of the pizza. Older kids can also help chop arugula or Prosciutto with close parental supervision.

As suggested in the recipe below, you can use your own roasted garlic to add to the base/sauce for this pizza.

Homemade gourmet pizza the entire family will love!
Homemade gourmet pizza the entire family will love! | Source

Homemade Pizza from Scratch: Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Arugla Pizza

  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 ounces Proscuitto or cooked bacon, chopped or crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Arugula or Spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Goat Cheese, crumbled
  • 1-2 cloves Roasted Garlic, crushed, if desired
  • 1 Tablespoon Chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Rate this Homemade Pizza from Scratch Recipe

5 stars from 2 ratings of Arugula, Goat Cheese and Proscettio Pizza

Cook Time for Homemade Pizza

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 6 individual slices (serves 3-4 people)

Instructions for Homemade Pizza Recipe

  1. Brush prepared pizza shell or pizza crust with olive oil
  2. If desired, spread roasted garlic over the olive oil on the shell or crust
  3. Add chopped prosciutto, 3/4 cup of goat cheese and chopped arugula
  4. Top with remaining goat cheese
  5. Sprinkle chives and sea salt over the top
  6. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is slightly browned
  7. Slice and serve immediately
Ingredients for homemade pizza from scratch
Ingredients for homemade pizza from scratch | Source

Tips for Tasty Homemade Pizza from Scratch

We love experimenting with our own tastes and flavors when we make homemade pizza from scratch. Most kids I know only love cheese pizza, but I think that's because they have not been introduced to other healthy, interesting ingredients.

With this recipe, children are introduced to prosciutto - a spicy, salty Italian ham - as well as some delicious and healthy greens and cheese. Pizza recipes are a great way to help your kids discover new tastes in the context of a familiar setting.

As with any homemade pizza recipe, its easy to replace or augment ingredients for a similarly delicious meal or appetizer. Roasted garlic is a flavorful ingredient that adds depth and nutrition, without many calories.

For the tastiest, most "gourmet" pizza, use fresh, organic and locally sourced ingredients. If you have a vegetable garden at home, slice up heirloom tomatoes or use homegrown fresh herbs. Children love to help plant, tend and harvest vegetables and other greens from the garden. They won't even notice that they are learning valuable lessons! High quality cheeses and/or grass-fed meats will also boost the flavor of your homemade pizza.

My final tip is to use fewer ingredients for a big impact. In this homemade gourmet pizza recipe, the simplicity of olive oil, roasted garlic, prosciutto, goat cheese and fresh arugula is a delicious combination that allows you to fully appreciate all the wonderful flavors.

Homemade pizza from scratch ready to bake
Homemade pizza from scratch ready to bake | Source

Do you Like Homemade Gourmet Pizza?

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My youngest son loves this homemade gourmet pizza
My youngest son loves this homemade gourmet pizza | Source
My middle son is game to try this gourmet pizza recipe
My middle son is game to try this gourmet pizza recipe | Source
Or, maybe not!  He's not necessarily fond of greens!
Or, maybe not! He's not necessarily fond of greens! | Source

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Steph, Which do you prefer: spinach or arugula? Which appears to be more of a crowd-pleaser?

      Your ingredients -- especially the prosciutto -- and your photos are making me hungry for pizza!

      Respectfully, and with many thanks and all the votes, Derdriu

      P.S. What is your middle son's ideal (non-greens!) pizza?

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      vivekananda 5 years ago from India

      A veggie gourmet Pizza...that's great to taste. My kid will surely like this mouth watering Pizza. Thanks stephanie for sharing, voted up.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks vespawoolf - we love roasted garlic too. Its amazing how simple, flavorful ingredients can take pizza from a bland tomato and cheese dish to something really fantastic. Cheers, Steph

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      As always, love your recipe and photos. I like your idea of adding roasted garlic and fresh herbs to your pizza. Voted up and shared!

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Gypsy Rose Lee - its a fun thing to make with kids and just about everyone loves pizza. Cheers, Steph

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Love pizza. I make all kinds too. Will definitely try this. Passing this on.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks all - but first I have to respond to Bill - the meat is the Prosciutto! My husband is like you .... it ain't pizza without meat. Alternatively, you can use precooked bacon. Yum!

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I have been wanting pizza for quite some time and now I may just have to make some this week. I love your personal photo adds to the hub, especially your son's expression on the greens. Thanks for sharing this simple yet healthy version of pizza.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      I love homemade pizza, Steph, and this recipe looks simple enough even for me. Thank you.

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      Research Analyst 6 years ago

      Pizza is fun to make, love the gourmet style ones.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Lovely well written hub on a great idea where the kids can get stuck into helping create dinner!! Hope your middle son did have a taste, it looks delicious!! Thanks stephanie!! voted up and more.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry, Steph, but where is the meat? You get me to come over here with the magic word "pizza" and then you leave out the meat???? LOL

      Great pictures and yes, the recipe could be fantastic...it just needs MEAT!

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      kelleyward 6 years ago

      What a cute picture! This looks fantastic! We do this with gluten-free crusts and they are surprisingly good. Voted up and shared! Kelley

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      Pauline Davenport 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      This is totally mouthwatering. I make pizza for Saturday lunch each week, when my daughter comes in from her Saturday job at the local pharmacy, and my son gets back from Youth Orchestra. They are both famished at this time too

      I will certainly be trying this out on them. It looks delicious, and has all their favourite flavours - the spinach, the cheese, the garlic -(how can you have a pizza with out garlic?) Thank you - love the pizza stone by the way - the pizzas come out with beautifully crispy bases on them don't they?

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