Simple Sundays | Ricotta Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Pea Salad

Ricotta Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Pea Salad | Kitchen Confidante

I think I had a mini mid-life crisis. It all started when my daughter asked to listen to the satellite radio station 80’s on 8 on the way to school. Bananarama started blasting through the car speakers: Goddess on the mountain top…Burning like a silver flame… The jingly tune was so familiar, and brought me back to 1985, when I would rock out in my plaid uniform jumper and knee high socks. I was just a tad older than my daughter is now.

Then there was the visit to the zoo. My daughter and I were having some girl time last week, and I spotted the dad with the Baby Bjorn and the mom with the Petunia Picklebottom backpack. They fussed over their toddlers. And they looked so young.

I drove down the boulevard and glanced at the rolling green hills in the park. There was a circle of moms on a playdate with their little babies. And they looked so young.

There was the photo album my kids pulled from the shelf. It was our honeymoon and our lives were so different. Children were still a dream, and a food blog would have been a crazy thought. And we looked so young.

Ricotta Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Pea Salad | Kitchen Confidante | Salad

But after each of those little mini-crises, my mind calmed. I reflected on those memories and thanked God that those sleepless nights with infants and backbreaking toddler chases were behind us. I take solace in how much my husband and I have grown, closer than I imagined, from our wedding day. If I could tell the young versions of us in the honeymoon album how much we would change, I’m not sure they would believe me.

Ricotta Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Pea Salad | Kitchen Confidante | With Toppings
Ricotta Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Pea Salad | Kitchen Confidante | Cut

And what does this have to do with pizza? Not much, really. Except that it is another example of how we grow and change and find new joys. Pizza goes beyond tomato sauce and mozzarella. Beyond toppings that are cemented into gooey cheese. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but there’s something just as awesome in a Ricotta Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Pea Salad. It just took me almost half a lifetime to learn that.

Ricotta Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Pea Salad | Kitchen Confidante | Slice
Ricotta Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Pea Salad | Kitchen Confidante | Sliced

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Ricotta Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Pea Salad

Yield: Serves 4-6.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

This is my new favorite way to enjoy a pizza bianca. Topped with a fresh pea salad, each bite has the lovely pop of sweet peas, salty prosciutto and creamy cheese.


For the Pizza
Pizza dough
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1/2 cup feta cheese
3 oz smoked prosciutto
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2-3 tablespoons best quality extra virgin olive oil
Cornmeal, for dusting

For the Fresh Pea Salad
1 1/2 cups fresh English peas
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions
1-2 tablespoons best quality extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup feta cheese
4-5 fresh basil leaves


Place a pizza stone in the lowest rack of the oven and preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Bring a small saucepan of water to a rolling boil. Drop in the fresh English peas, cook for 90 seconds, and strain. In a medium bowl, combine the fresh English peas with the red onion, and toss in the olive oil and white balsamic vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool in the refrigerator.

On a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough to about 12 inches in diameter. Transfer to a pizza paddle dusted with cornmeal (or a baking sheet lightly greased with olive oil). Press dimples into the dough, as well as a ridge around the perimeter to prevent the cheeses from oozing. Brush the dough lightly with olive oil. In a bowl, mix the ricotta and feta cheeses, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread the ricotta mixture over the dough and scatter the prosciutto. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the pizza crust is golden.

Toss the remaining feta cheese in the pea salad. Top the pizza with the salad and the fresh basil. Slice and serve immediately.

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by Liren Baker on April 28, 2013

14 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Ricotta Pizza with Prosciutto and Fresh Pea Salad”

  1. Belinda @zomppa April 28, 2013 @ 5:46 am (#

    They were right when they told us time flies when you get oder!

  2. Jean April 28, 2013 @ 7:22 am (#

    I understand your sentiments about growing and change. I look back and I’m thankful for the little gifts of wisdom each experience has brought to my life.

    I don’t think this pizza can get any more beautiful. Love the ode to spring with the light, bright, healthy toppings!

  3. Barbara | Creative Culinary April 28, 2013 @ 7:31 am (#

    This pizza is simply gorgeous. Funny, I made pizza last night for friends with bacon, red onions, jalapeno and cream cheese and discussed how I’ve been ‘beyond the sauce’ for years and I’ve never loved it more. This will be done!

  4. Dixya April 28, 2013 @ 8:50 am (#

    Very true… Sometimes I feel like life is loving too fast and things change quickly. All we can do is accept it and be thankful

  5. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} April 28, 2013 @ 12:41 pm (#

    So loving this pizza! I was curious the moment you posted it to FB and Instagram. Love the fresh spin you put on the pizza and the uniqueness. Getting older brings perspective and the gift of gratitude. It is always nice to just take those special moments and savor them. Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!!! (PS – backyard furniture chore done – check :-) )

  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 28, 2013 @ 5:14 pm (#

    Oh how I wish this pizza was dinner tonight! Love your choice of toppings!

  7. Nava Krishnan April 28, 2013 @ 8:02 pm (#

    We are not big eaters of pizza but this version of yours is so good and attractive that I am gonna eat more of the same. Lovely pizza and made to perfection.

  8. Kankana April 29, 2013 @ 8:59 pm (#

    Oh growing old, we can’t stop that but as long as we live every moment of it and stay young at heart, that’s life I guess :)
    And as much as I love a gooey dominoes Pizza, a non gooey, simple tooping pizza is equally tempting to me.

  9. Gina April 30, 2013 @ 2:26 pm (#

    Deviating from the usual is a good thing. I’ve never had peas on pizza, I like that idea. As for the mid-life crisis thing, you are much too young me on the other hand, my daughter is graduating from college in one short year. I think I need a slice of your pizza to help cope.

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  11. Pam May 10, 2013 @ 12:37 pm (#

    I just discovered your blog through strawberry.plum and can’t wait to try this recipe! Loved your kid/reminiscing stories, too! They do amazing things that make you proud as they grow “old” themselves, such as starting food blogs!

    • Liren replied: — May 10th, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

      Welcome, Pam, I’m so glad you found me through strawberry plum!

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