Asparagus & Purple Artichoke Pizza

Lemon and pecorino top off this delicious and easy homemade pizza that gets vibrant color from asparagus and artichoke. Shiso is a fuzzy-leafed herb in the mint family that's used in a variety of Asian cuisines. Devoted fans grow it in their gardens; look for it at Asian and farmers' markets. Note: Baby artichokes hardly have chokes, so you can use a paring knife to extricate any fluff.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
5 slices


  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal

  • 1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 ½ cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

  • 2 baby purple artichokes

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 8 ounces purple asparagus, trimmed

  • 2 ounces shaved pecorino cheese (1/2 cup)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Purple shiso leaves for serving


  1. Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F. Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal.

  2. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch oval. Transfer to the prepared pan and brush with 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle the dough with garlic, 1/8 teaspoon salt and crushed red pepper, then top with mozzarella. Bake until bubbling and golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, snap the tough outer leaves off artichokes and cut off the top two-thirds, down to the heart. Peel the tough stem. Cut the artichokes in half and remove any fuzzy choke. Thinly slice the artichokes and toss in a bowl with lemon juice. Shave asparagus into long strips using a vegetable peeler; thinly slice what can't be shaved. Add the asparagus to the bowl along with pecorino, pepper, the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt; toss to coat.

  4. Top the pizza with the vegetables and sprinkle with lemon zest and shiso, if using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

403 Calories
20g Fat
41g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 403
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Vitamin A 527IU 11%
Vitamin C 6mg 6%
Folate 29mcg 7%
Sodium 706mg 31%
Calcium 370mg 28%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 21mg 5%
Potassium 162mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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