Ricotta, Bacon, and Arugula Skillet Pizza


A creamy and savory pizza topped with fresh nutty-flavored arugula and drizzled with a splash of fresh lemon juice. Perfect for a Friday night at home by the fire with a glass of wine!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
1 pizza


  • 3 cups ricotta cheese

  • 4 stalks green onions, sliced diagonally

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 (10 ounce) package store-bought thin pizza crust

  • 5 slices cooked bacon, crumbled, or more to taste

  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 bunch fresh arugula

  • 1 medium lemon, juiced


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Mix ricotta cheese, green onions, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl. Spread over pizza crust.

  3. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a cast iron skillet (large enough to hold the pizza crust) over medium heat. Gently place pizza crust with ricotta mixture into the skillet. Add bacon and Parmesan cheese and cook the bottom of the pizza for 3 to 4 minutes.

  4. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake until the top of the pizza begins to brown slightly, 7 to 8 minutes.

  5. Carefully remove from the oven. Season with salt and pepper, scatter arugula over top, then drizzle with lemon juice, in that order. Serve warm.

Cook's Notes:

Sliced pepperoncini adds good flavor to the pizza, if that's your style.

You can substitute flatbread for the pizza crust if you want a lighter bite. You can also use a homemade thin crust instead of store-bought, if desired.

Place this pizza on your grill for an even better flavor experience.

Editor's Note:

The magazine version of this recipe may be slightly different than the online version. Please follow directions carefully for whichever version you are using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

443 Calories
24g Fat
33g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 443
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 832mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 23mg 113%
Calcium 471mg 36%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 418mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.