This clam pita pizza with kale and goat cheese is perfect for a quick lunch or weeknight dinner. Made with a versatile clam tomato sauce that you will find many uses for. It’s the best answer to the question of what to do with that can of baby clams in your pantry.
The inspiration for this pita pizza comes from a similar tomato clam filling that my Nonna used to make. She stir fried clams, diced onions, garlic, tomato paste and parsley and used the mix for sandwiches. It was always a comfort dish to look forward to.
Perfect as a sauce on top of pizza, this clam filling is simple and elegant. The combination of onions, garlic and tomato paste give this pita pizza a bit of a sweet and sour tang.
Give your taste buds a change from the usual pizza toppings and take advantage of the health benefits of baby clams and kale!
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Ingredients Used in Clam Pita Pizza with Kale
- Pita Bread — Lebanese style pita bread is our preference for pita pizzas, as they are lower carb than other pitas and are thin crust.
- Baby Clams — canned, rinsed and drained.
- Kale — we use frozen chopped for convenience.
- Red Onion — you could use any yellow or white onion instead.
- Garlic — one clove grated or put through a garlic press.
- Tomato Sauce — We use Victoria White Linen Collection marinara sauce that we buy at Costco. You can use pizza sauce.
- Tomato Paste — intensifies the tomato flavor.
- Hot Sauce — Frank’s red hot gives this a little kick.
- Salt — Himalayan, to enhance all the flavors.
- Pepper — freshly ground black pepper.
- Goat Cheese — crumbled, sprinkled on top before baking. If you don’t have goat cheese, you can sprinkle on some shredded mozzarella or cheddar.
- Avocado Oil — used to fry the onions.
- Olive Oil — to drizzle on top of the pizzas after baking, to finish.
Steps to Make Clam Pita Pizza
STEP 1 – Make the clam and kale pizza sauce
STEP 2 – Assemble the pita pizzas
STEP 3 – Bake in oven
What to Serve with Clam and Kale Pita Pizza
Other Uses for Clam With Kale Tomato Sauce Filling
This clam and kale tomato sauce is great on pizzas, but you can do so much more with it. Try it in a sandwich using regular or low carb bread like Carbonaut.
It’s a great pasta sauce for linguine or spaghetti. If you want it saucier rather than thick, simply add another cup of tomato sauce. If you prefer a lower carb meal, you can top spaghetti squash with this sauce and sprinkle with goat cheese for a super satisfying and healthy dish.
More Pita Pizza Varieties
Making homemade pita pizzas comes with many advantages. For starters, they are a healthier alternative to takeout pizza or grocery store box pizza. They also cost less than you would pay for restaurant pizza.
They are fun to create! You can customize and make them as you like, by adding extra toppings and unique topping combinations.
I think the biggest advantage for us is that they are fast and easy to make. When you’re busy, it’s really nice to have these available, a super satisfying meal in roughly 15 minutes.
It’s also a perfect family lunch or dinner option because kids can have fun and customize their own. Just set out the toppings in bowls or compartmentalized serving dishes and everyone can help themselves! Our kids like to keep it simple with sauce, cheese, pepperoni and ham being the most popular toppings. We also like to add mushrooms, green pepper and other veggies for them.
Try some of our favorite pita pizzas:
- Clam White Sauce Pita Pizza
- Margherita Pita Pizza
- Crab Melt Pita Pizza
- Mozzarella Artichoke Pita Pizza
- Date Arugula Pita Pizza
- Sardine In Tomato Sauce Pita Pizza
- Red Lobster Style Crab and Lobster Pita Pizza
- Kebab Pita Pizza
- Chicken Kebab Pita Pizza
- Mackerel in Tomato Sauce Pita Pizza
- Tuna Melt Pita Pizza
- Leftover Turkey Tikka Masala Pita Pizza
The benefits of incorporating pita pizzas into your meal rotation are numerous.
You can easily customize the pizzas for each family member, they are not only quick, but nutritious and will save you money over takeout.
You’ll Also Love
Goat cheese is not only fabulous as a topping for pizza, it also makes for a delicious rich and creamy (yet light at the same time) sauce for pasta, spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini noodles.
We have two variations that we love to make. They’re easy enough to pull off during the week for a special dinner.
I’ll flip a coin here to choose.
Goat cheese sundried tomato pasta sauce it is!
And with its flavorful mushroom infused cream sauce with savory sundried tomatoes, it is a very satisfying vegetarian sauce.
Clam Pita Pizza With Kale and Goat Cheese
- 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil
- 1 Cup Red Onions, diced
- 1 Clove Garlic, minced
- 1 Can Baby Clams, whole baby clams, canned, rinsed & drained
- 1 Cup Kale, frozen chopped
- 1 Cup Tomato Sauce
- ⅓ Cup Tomato Paste
- 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce, Frank's
- ½ teaspoon Salt, Himalayan
- ½ teaspoon Pepper, ground
- 2 Pita Bread, Lebanese Style
- Goat Cheese, crumbled
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line an oven safe baking sheet with parchment paper.
Make the Clam and Kale Pizza Sauce
- Heat oil in a medium pan. Add onions and garlic and cook for 5 minutes until tender.
- Add clams and kale and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
- Mix well and cook until heated through, about 4 minutes.
Assemble the Pita Pizzas
- Place both pita breads on the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Cover both pitas completely with the clam and kale pizza sauce.
- Sprinkle on the crumbled goat cheese.
- Bake in oven for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.