Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels

Posted on: November 27, 2012
Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels

I’m Italian so naturally I love to cook with sauce, dough, and lots of cheese. Not the healthiest, but tasty for sure! Over the years, my husband has gotten really good at cooking Italian food and he was generous enough to make me dinner tonight while letting me snap lots of pictures of this recipe in progress. Pinwheels are really similar to calzones and pizza (same ingredients) and you can make them to suit any taste. Add any “topping” you like: meat, different sauces, veggies, whatever! When we make them, we just make one big pinwheel and cut it in half. Brian likes just sauce and cheese on the inside and I prefer cheese and spinach. See? My attempt at making this dish healthier! Pinwheels can be served for lunch, dinner, or sliced up as an appetizer at a party! They are hearty and delicious, I just know you will love them!

Pinwheel Recipe 1 Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels

Pinwheel Recipe with Spinach Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels

Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels


  • Flour, for dusting
  • 1 pound purchased pizza dough
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup (or more) coarsely chopped baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Half a jar of marinara sauce (I use Bertolli 5 cheese)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and position a rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat (which is my favorite kitchen tool, by the way.)
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough into a 12- to 14-inch circle, about 1/4 thick. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella over the dough. Arrange the spinach over the cheese in a single layer then top with the remaining cheese. You can also add a light layer of sauce if you want sauce on the inside of your pinwheel. I don't add it but my husband does to his "half".
  3. Roll the dough into the thin cylinder, tucking in the ends. Brush the entire roll with the olive oil and season with the salt and pepper. Place the dough, seam side down, on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 jar of sauce until warm.
  5. Cool the pinwheel for 2-3 minutes, then cut it into 3/4-inch wide slices and serve with dipping sauce. Sprinkle a little Parmesan on top if you love cheese like I do!

Here are some pictures of my sweet husband at work, step-by-step:

Pinwheel Recipe 2 Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels

Pinwheel Recipe 4 Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels

Pinwheel Recipe 3 Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels

Pinwheel Recipe 5 Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels

See that liner on top of our cookie sheet? That’s a Silpat and you need one! Most used kitchen tool ever! Easy clean up and everything you bake on it (cookies, dough, chicken, etc.) will just slide right off!

Pinwheel Recipe 6 Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels

Pinwheel Recipe 7 Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels

Pinwheel Recipe Spinach & Mozzarella Pinwheels

Buon appetito!

XO, Louisa


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  1. This reminds me of my Stromboli recipe! I was planning on making that for dinner this week! I might have to try your version or at least add some spinach to mine!

  2. This looks delish! I will have to give it a go! Would you mind sharing it at our holiday link party? xo Kristin

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