Pizza with Spinach-Artichoke Sauce
with quick lemony broccoli
This meal, which we originally featured back in 2014, is our pizza take on spinach-artichoke dip. We promise you won't miss the tomato sauce at all.
Smarts: Turn this sauce into a 'pesto' by adding in some walnuts or pine nuts and toss with pasta for another easy meal.
- Artichoke hearts - 1 cup
- Baby spinach - 2 oz
- Garlic - 1 clove, peeled
- Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
- Pizza dough - 1 lb
- Flour, all-purpose - 1 Tbsp
- Sundried tomatoes - 5 , chopped
- Cheese, mozzarella - 6 oz, grated
- Red pepper flakes - for serving
- Broccoli - 1 1/2 lbs, chopped
- Lemons - 1/2, juice of
Pizza dough - Cover in flour and let rest for at least 30 minutes outside of fridge before rolling out. This is tip #1 to good pizza - resting dough gives gluten time to chill out, which makes the dough much more pliable.
Make sauce (double if making Thursday's meal) - Place artichoke hearts, spinach, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper into a food processor. Pulse until thickened and season to taste with more salt and pepper as needed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Broccoli / Sundried tomatoes / Mozzarella - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
Heat oven to 425F (218C) degrees and position top rack so it’s at the very top.
Brush a sheet pan with some olive oil. Using hands, stretch out pizza dough to cover sheet pan - it should be pretty easy to do if you let the dough rest. Brush dough with a bit of olive oil.
Bake dough on top rack for 3 minutes without toppings. This solo time in the oven gives the dough time to crisp up; if you put toppings on now, your crust may get soggy.
Spread the spinach-artichoke sauce over dough (reserve half if doubled), cover in cheese, and sprinkle on sundried tomatoes.
Bake pizza on the top rack for 8 to 11 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.
While pizza is baking, place broccoli in a microwave-safe container. Cover with a wet paper towel and microwave for 2 ½ to 3 minutes, until broccoli is tender but still crunchy. Finish with lemon juice and season with some salt and pepper.
Enjoy pizza hot out of the oven with red pepper flakes and broccoli on the side.
I liked the idea. The spinach asparagus sauce was good. Unfortunately the pizza base really didn't have the time to cook in the amount of time the recipe said. I ended up having to fry it to finish cooking it !0 Helpful
This was fantastic! We really enjoyed this pizza. The sun dried tomatoes really give some great flavor.0 Helpful
Broccoli was pretty generic, but pizza was fantastic! Used our blender for the sauce and that seemed to work just fine.0 Helpful
We used a pre-made crust after I couldn't find dough anywhere but this was good and very easy.0 Helpful
This was really good. I would use even more sundried tomatoes next time. And maybe some of that prosciutto I bought for the chicken. And maybe some leftover chicken if I make the chicken first :).Really good.0 Helpful
Came together super quick and easy. Didn’t knock my socks off, however.0 Helpful