This White Pizza with Bacon and Arugula will have you grabbing a second slice before you finish the first! Topped with a parmesan cream sauce, smoked mozzarella, crisp bacon and a fresh arugula salad, it’s sure to become your new favorite pizza!
Monday started out as normal as any Monday does. I went for my morning run, then to the gym and back home to work. I went for an early afternoon walk to get away from my desk and get some fresh air. There were tons of kids out riding bikes and swimming at our community pool. Some dark clouds were building up, but that’s pretty normal as we tend to get late afternoon rain storms occasionally. I was actually looking forward to it because it was so warm out.
I got home and started working again and noticed it getting more and more cloudy. Then I heard a couple rumbles of thunder, but didn’t think much of it. Next thing I know I heard what sounded like rocks hitting the driveway. I immediately looked out the window and saw golf ball sized hail falling. I yelled to my husband to move his car into the garage, which he raced outside to do just in time. The next 40 minutes was one of the worst hail/lightning storms I’ve experienced since living in Colorado.
It came on so fast and strong that I didn’t even have time to move my potted succulents off the deck and under shelter. I stared out the windows facing the backyard watching my vegetable garden which I was just admiring the progress on that morning, get pelted with shooting rockets of hail. There wasn’t a thing I could do about it and it was so frustrating. Leaves from all the trees were dropping like it was a windy fall day, check out this video I took. Who knows if they’ll recover. Yesterday I surveyed the damage, what a mess! The trees lost at least half of their leaves if not more, many of the small branches were broken, the window screens on the front of our house were shredded to pieces, the window frames were chipped, my vegetable garden was leveled, the succulents looked like a rabbit had been chewing on them…I almost wanted to cry. I’m just praying that the leaves come back on the trees and that after I restart my vegetable garden later this week I’ll still be able to harvest some produce before fall.
Needless to say I’m in serious need of some comfort food and for me that is this White Pizza with Bacon and Arugula. This pizza is my spin on one my husband’s and mine favorite pizzas back in Arizona at Liberty Market. The biggest difference between the pizzas other than they have a wood fire oven, is that theirs includes grilled chicken. I had planned to do that with mine, but it happened to be raining the day I made it and I didn’t feel like getting soaked while I grilled. I plan to add it the next time I make it. The sauce is a light Parmesan cream sauce infused with garlic and Italian seasoning. The cheese for this pizza is a combination of smoked and regular mozzarella. The smoked mozzarella adds so much amazing flavor and it pairs perfectly with the bacon on top. The final step is to toss the arugula in a little lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, then add it to the top of the pizza once it comes out of the oven. This White Pizza with Bacon and Arugula is sure to turn around any day gone wrong. Enjoy!