Pizza with Ground Lamb, Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

by Kirsten on April 14, 2011 · 22 comments

in Main Dishes, Misc. Savory Dishes, Sides, Starters, Starters & Sides

I think being a “pizza snob” is a good thing! At our house we usually prefer pizza with a thin crust sprinkled with some olive oil and simple fresh ingredients like tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. So, nothing fancy, it just has to taste good. You won’t find anything cheese dripping, heavy crusted or ingredients overloaded on our dinner plates.

This doesn’t mean that we are not open for other pizza options. So, when I stumbled upon this recipe of a pizza with spiced ground lamb on top of a roasted pepper sauce my curiosity was awakened. It reminded me of a Turkish style pizza that you can purchase in many Turkish stores in Germany.

Bake your own crust or purchase a prebaked crust for  a quicker assembly. The homemade roasted pepper puree goes exceptionally well with the spinach and the cinnamon and paprika spiced lamb. The recipe calls for feta cheese, which we adults love, but my teens decided on some sharp cheddar.

Both pizza variations tasted great hot and also at room temperature. This ground lamb, spinach and roasted pepper pizza also makes a great appetizer and will be served at my upcoming party. I am sure that my guests will enjoy it.

Serves 4 to 6.


* 1/2 pound ground lamb
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon paprika
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (1/4 teaspoon table salt)
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
* 1 onion, diced
* 8 ounces fresh spinach leaves
* 2 prebaked thin pizza crusts, more info here
* 1/3 cup prepared roasted red pepper puree*
* 10 ounces crumbled feta cheese or other cheese of your choice


Preheat your oven to 400F. Combine the lamb with the ground cinnamon, paprika, salt, pepper and oregano. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add just 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and swirl to coat. Add the diced red onion and saute for 30 seconds. Add the ground lamb mixture and cook for 4-5 minutes, until cooked through. Drain and discard excess fat.

Brush each pizza crust all over with olive oil. Spread 1/2 of the roasted red bell pepper puree on the pizza, leaving the outer 3/4″ from the edge free. Scatter 1/2 of the spinach leaves on top of the pizza, Spoon 1/2 of the ground lamb over the spinach, then top with 1/2 of the feta cheese.

You can place the prepared pizza onto a baking sheet or carefully place it directly into your oven on the rack. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, until edges of the flatbread is brown and the cheese has melted.

*make your own roasted red pepper puree:
Place store bought or homemade roasted peppers with a little bit of olive oil in a blender and puree.

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My Kitchen in the Rockies May 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

@Julie: I am so glad you liked it. Great idea to add the garlic!

Julie May 1, 2011 at 4:44 am

I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. The only changes i made were to the red pepper sauce (steeped garlic in olive oil and pureed with paprika, cayenne and sherry vinegar).

Thank you for posting this – a really original and great combination.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window April 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

We love any kind of pizza at my house. I would never have thought of lamb and am so glad you did. These look delicious. We always grill our pizza crust on the gas grill. It adds a whole other flavor layer to our pizza.

SJerZGirl April 19, 2011 at 3:43 am

I love pizza! And, I'm discovering new ways to enjoy it every day.

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cajunlicious April 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

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kitchen flavours April 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Love the ingredients. Your pizza look really delicious and I bet they smell fantastic too!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) April 18, 2011 at 4:23 am

I bet your guests will love it too! This looks so flavourful and like a great combination of ingredients.

Katie April 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I love lamb! I can never find it at my grocery store, though, so I have to settle for ground beef.

Tracey @ KitchenPlayground April 17, 2011 at 1:19 am

I love to make my own pizza, too – because you can get so creative! Just made a sausage & balsamic-caramelized onion pizza … yum.

stadtgarten April 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Da läuft mir das Wasser im Mund zusammen! 🙂
Klingt superlecker!
Ein schönes Wochenende, liebe Grüße, Monika

Pacheco Patty April 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I like this type of fully loaded pizza, especially with the flavor combo of lamb and roasted peppers. Your photos are stunning and make me want a slice for breakfast;-)

Lea Ann April 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Great photos Kirsten. I can just picture you standing on a chair for that first one. I need to learn how to be a pizza snob. I always end up loading it up with so much stuff, the flavors get lost. Love the combination here. Sorry we can't come to your party, having company tonight.

Cooking Creation April 16, 2011 at 1:17 am

Oh, this looks to DIE for! I'm a pizza snob, too 🙂

Penny April 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Its amazing what you can do with Pizza. We love making our own pizza, and always trying new things.

Franchise pizza just does not cut it!


Dan April 15, 2011 at 2:50 am

Lamb on pizza? Brilliant. This is something I've got to try!

scrambledhenfruit April 15, 2011 at 1:54 am

I'm a pizza snob too. I love making my own, because then I can add whatever I want. These look great! 🙂

The Food Hound April 15, 2011 at 12:27 am

I am a huge supporter of lamb in ANYTHING! I made a lamb sausage pizza recently and it was awesome. This looks equally delicious!

Dom at Belleau Kitchen April 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

mouth wateringly good, great photo's too… I am like you and love a simple pizza topping so would never usually think of beef or lamb, so it's nice to see the change x

Bo April 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

It sure does look tasty…and very fresh…because of the raw spinach leaves on top.

Susan April 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Oh yes! This sounds great. Thanks for finding it and sharing, Susan

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