Pizza night is ON with this four cheese pizza with tomato basil arugula salad! It’s super easy to make and tastes ridiculously amazing.
My kids go for this four cheese pizza with tomato basil arugula salad because it’s, well, cheese pizza. I go for it because it’s fontina and fresh mozzarella and goat cheese and pecorino romano! It sounds and looks fancy, but it’s pizza so it’s also totally approachable. And everybody loves crispy, chewy crust + melty cheese + garlic & pesto + the most beautiful produce summer has to offer. And the homemade pizza crust is completely easy to throw together – it’s just 5 basic ingredients and truly, it’s fool proof. Also, just to make things easy I use the pesto from Costco – I actually love that stuff and it is so nice to have on hand for pizzas or sandwiches or pastas when I need to throw something together super quick.
Another reason to love pizza night is that it is so fun for everybody to get involved in it. The girls are in heaven if I tell them to run grab their rolling pins from the toy room. They always come sprinting back to roll out bits of dough. And they LOVE sampling and sprinkling cheese over the pizzas. Anything that gets my girls happily helping in the kitchen works for me, especially when it is easy stuff like this. I love seeing them have a sense of ownership over the things we are preparing.
So a quick note on cheeses – go with the fresh mozzarella for this recipe. It’s so, so, so much better than the pre-grated stuff and when cheese is pretty much the star of the dish, you want to do it justice. Just slice it into nice, thick slices and it will do it’s job of getting melty and bubbly and make you proud. And for the goat cheese, I just use the plain stuff but you could try any of the many flavored varieties of goat cheese that you might find at the store if you want.
This four cheese pizza with tomato basil arugula salad recipe is going to make you 3 decent sized pizzas like the one below. That’s going to take care of probably 4-6 adults. You could do it on the grill if you felt like it, or just bake it in a super hot oven like I did this time around. You could just stop at cheese pizza and not do the tomato basil arugula salad to top it off (I mean, just look at that golden, cheesy goodness below!) but trust me, that simple salad with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, chopped basil, freshly minced garlic, peppery arugula and juicy tomatoes truly make this something special.
You might want to be strategic about hiding one of your pizzas though, just so you can be sure to have some leftover for lunch the next day.
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