whole wheat tortilla pizzas with arugula + prosciutto

whole wheat tortilla pizzas with arugula + prosciutto | The Clever Carrot

Today’s story is about my cats.

And how annoying they are.

While preparing the ingredients for this pizza, 3 of them formed an elite pride slowly stalking my every move.

They wanted scraps.

I tried to ignore them (as you do) but with cat-like fury, they unleashed a master plan; the alpha male swiped my cell phone onto the floor creating a diversion, while his girlfriend scurried off with the loot!

She hijacked my prosciutto, ok?!

The third cat was monitoring close by ready to pounce.

I let them feast.

Because you just don’t mess with felines & pork products…

whole wheat tortilla pizzas with arugula + prosciutto | The Clever Carrot

Once the drama had settled, I got back to making one of my favorite light bites.

We like nibbling on these tortilla pizzas with drinks before dinner or as a quick snack.

My 2 year old could probably make this himself- just take a little tomato sauce, spread it on some whole wheat tortillas, and top with cheese. Bake in a hot oven until it’s all crisp and bubbling. I love pizza with arugula, so I add a handful of greens dressed in good quality olive oil and lemon.

And of course, there’s the prosciutto.

One slice per pizza is all you need for a delicious, salty flavor.

This would be good with fresh mozzarella as well…

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The elusive madame editor wanted me to mention and I quote, ‘how not to burn the s*** out of this tortilla pizza’ (apparently, she’s blackened quite a few back in her day).

My answer is to bake them at 425 F so that the edges and cheese all bubble and brown at the same time. Rotate the pans halfway through cooking.

Sound good?


  • The next time you make a batch of tomato sauce (or have some leftover from dinner), freeze some in snack-size Ziploc bags. This way you can pull out a small amount without having to defrost a large quantity.

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whole wheat tortilla pizzas with arugula + prosciutto
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When I crave something light and quick, this is my go-to solution. It's very simple to prepare and you'll have delicious, crispy pizza faster than you can oder take-out. It's much healthier for you too.
Serves: 4
  • 4x 8-inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 8 tbsp. prepared tomato sauce
  • 2 c. mozzarella cheese, grated by hand
  • 4 slices of prosciutto
  • 1 handful of arugula leaves
  • ½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. olive oil, divided
Kitchen Notes:
I prefer to use block mozzarella cheese and grate it myself. Although the pre-shredded variety is more convenient, it contains anti-caking agents which changes the overall texture. I find that it doesn't melt as nicely. If you freeze the cheese for about 15 minutes, it will be much easier to grate.
Any store-bought or homemade tomato sauce can be used. I'm partial to Trader Joe's Three Cheese Tomato Sauce.
The next time you make a batch of tomato sauce (or have some leftover from dinner), freeze some in snack-size Ziploc bags. This way you can pull out a small amount without having to defrost a large quantity.
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F. Grab 2 rimmed baking sheets and place them into the oven to heat up.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to a small bowl. Lightly brush both sides of the tortillas- use a folded paper towel if you don't have a brush. This makes them nice and crispy when baked.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce onto each tortilla, leaving a ½- inch border around the edge for your 'crust'. Use the back of a spoon to help guide you.
  4. Top each base with ½ cup of mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake for about 5-7 minutes or until the pizza is crisp and the cheese is melted. Rotate your pans and swap racks halfway through cooking for even browning.
  6. In a small bowl add the arugula, lemon juice and olive oil. Toss with your hands to coat.
  7. Remove the pizzas from the oven.
  8. Tear up the prosciutto slices and add to each pizza.
  9. Top with arugula salad.
  10. Serve warm.


  1. says

    Maa che bel posto!! This is glorious, beautifully shot and lovingly written, work worthy of any magazine out there. Emelie, you ought to be extremely proud of this. I am bowled over! Bravissima!

    And now about the cats. Oh my, but I laughed out loud. What is it about cats and pork? I love the alpha and his diversionary tactic. Good kitty, er well, you know what I mean. The story reminded me of a time about thirty years ago when I was extremely ill and in bed with the chicken pox. Yes, at age thurty-talk about a nightmare. There I was with my bed tray, and on the menu that evening were some pork chops that Bart had grilled. Suddenly my Maine Coon , Jack, a heafty and glorious hunter leapt upon the bed. He hunkered down, stalked that chop and, ZAP! Like lightning, out came that paw and he swiped the chop and dragged it across the bed and out of the room. There I sat, covered in spots and calamine lotion crying “Bart, Jack stole my pork chop.” I kid you not.

  2. says

    Looks delicious! I’ve never made a pizza on tortillas before (english muffins, Yes). What a great idea for a quick dinner or fancy appetizer. Hope you have a great weekend. Stay warm :)

  3. says

    Haha, I would bake the sh&* out of mine, so thanks for the tip! I think what I love most about your blog are your photos.. you’re so talented. First you create the most lovely recipes then you present them in the most appealing and enticing way possible! Love love love! xx

  4. Pam Green @MyNewlywedCookingAdventures says

    haha I understand the cat issues! We have a cat and a lurking dog in the kitchen with me at all times. This pizza looks tasty and I am always looking for ways to use up those last few tortillas in the bag. Wonderful idea!

  5. says

    Hahahaa, the story with the cats made me laugh! I was cooking corn and prosciutto muffins at a friend’s place last weekend and her dog was also stalking us for a slice of prosciutto. Very patiently, mind you. Almost timidly (the difference between dogs and cats I guess!). Love the look of that beautiful whole wheat tortilla base. Genius idea, so simple and delicious! I actually have some whole wheat tortillas at home… maybe I’ll just copy this entire post as my dinner tonight (sans cats, of course. Whew!). Thanks Em xxx

  6. says

    cats are covert operatives who will stop at nothing to attain their goal. Our guy is an expert manipulator so I know exactly of what you speak (and yes, best to stay clear of those crazed reptile eyes and the pork feast ;-). I would eat this delightful tortilla pizza any day of the week (and so would our entire family!). The combination of arugula and prosciutto has just got to be one of life’s greatest pleasures. I hope there was some yummy stuff left for you to enjoy after your felines picked through it! :).

  7. says

    Yum! But stalking cats sounds too much for me! I took your tip last time and grated a whole heap of cheese in the food processor and then stashed it in the freezer. Works a treat. Thanks Em! :)

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