Green Pizza with Pesto, Feta, Artichokes & Broccoli

One of my all-time favorite recipes, this Green Pizza with Pesto, Feta, Artichokes, and Broccoli, is sure to become your fave, too!Green Pizza with Pesto, Feta, Artichokes & Broccoli | Hello Little Home

Before moving to New York, my husband and I lived in San Francisco. Our first few weeks there were a little uncomfortable, to say the least. Our furniture was being shipped from Chicago, and we spent a lot of time sitting on our air mattress.

It was February, and after all of our moving expenses, I wasn’t expecting anything special for Valentine’s Day. Our plans were to order pizza and drink some wine. When I opened the pizza box, I was surprised by a heart-shaped pie. It was so sweet and made our night even more special!

Green Pizza with Pesto, Feta, Artichokes & Broccoli | Hello Little HomeThat pizza turned out to be one of my San Francisco favorites. We were lucky enough to have a great pizza place around the corner from our apartment, and that was the first time I had their Green Pizza. It was topped with pesto, feta, artichokes, and broccoli, and was so delicious that I could have eaten it every day!

Now we’re in New York, and it’s been over a year since I had that Green Pizza. I’m not sure what took me so long, but I finally decided to recreate it.

Give my Green Pizza with Pesto, Feta, Artichokes, and Broccoli a try; I think you’ll love it, too!

Green Pizza with Pesto, Feta, Artichokes, and Broccoli

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients:

Basil-Spinach Pesto:

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1 cup spinach leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Pizza and Toppings:

  • 2 heads broccoli (not bunches)
  • 1 lb. pizza dough
  • 1 14-oz. can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup crumbled feta

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. If pizza dough has been refrigerated, remove from the fridge so it can warm up a bit.

Prepare pesto first. Add walnuts to a small skillet over medium heat. Cook until lightly toasted, stirring often. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Place cooled walnuts, garlic, basil, and spinach in the bowl of a food processor. Process until minced. Add Parmesan, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Process until completely smooth. Set aside.

Cut broccoli into small florets and place in a microwaveable dish with a lid. Drizzle with a couple tablespoons water, cover, and microwave until just tender (about 3-4 minutes). Drain water from broccoli and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil or cooking spray. I usually place a little oil on the pan and then spread it with a paper towel. That way the oil is distributed evenly, and the paper towel soaks up any excess oil.

Place pizza dough on pan and use your fingers to gently press it to the edges of the pan. If the dough draws back from the edges, let it rest for a few minutes and then press again. Repeat until dough is relaxed and covers the entire pan.

Top dough with a thin layer of pesto. (You will have pesto left over; I only used about half.) Sprinkle 3/4 of the mozzarella cheese over the pesto. Evenly distribute broccoli and artichokes over cheese. Top with remaining mozzarella and then sprinkle with feta.

Assembling Green Pizza | Hello Little HomePlace pizza in oven and cook for 25 – 35 minutes, or until crust is browned and cheese is lightly golden. Let cool slightly and then cut into 12 pieces. Enjoy!

Green Pizza with Pesto, Feta, Artichokes & Broccoli | Hello Little HomeWouldn’t this Green Pizza with Pesto, Feta, Artichokes, and Broccoli make the perfect non-traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner? Assuming you are not a corned beef fan, that is!

What is your favorite kind of pizza?

P.S. Learn how to turn this pizza into a Heart-Shaped Pizza, just like I enjoyed during my first San Francisco Valentine’s Day!

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44 Comments

  1. Ginnie I love making pizza I make it all the time this is a great recipe! I also wanted to let you know I nominated your for the LEIBSTER AWARD.. Its for blogger who works hard on their blog and its a is a philosphy of Pay Forward, rewarding good blogger for good work! If you go to my blog page http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/simple-nature-decor-inspiring-stuff/
    your can read it and its a wonderful thing! I was excited that another blogger took the time to nominated me.
    Its a really nice award to have on your blog.. Congrats and take care..Maria

  2. I love this idea! What a fun and healthy way to have a cute green dinner. And pizza is always welcome here. Thanks for sharing. I hope you get the Leibster award mentioned in the above comment. Your blog looks great, and blogging is a lot of work!

  3. Looks good, I am from Chicago and miss many foods there I can not get in the south, and can’t recreate, glad you could. Followed you here from Put a Bird on it Link’n Blogs.

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  5. This is such a beautiful pizza, Ginnie! We arrived in San Francisco before our furniture did too. Luckily it was only a few days for us and not a few weeks, but we spent some quality time on our air mattress and a couple lawn chairs. Fond memories! We are still here and don’t plan to leave any time soon 🙂

  6. It’s a fabulous pizza!!
    I’m a vegetarian and you combined all my favorite ingredients 🙂
    and I just LOVE pesto and like the fact that you make your own
    I’d only prefer to make my own dough (I love working this yeast)
    Pinning

  7. Love this recipe! Although I usually use store-bought pesto (since I am without a food processor), I love adding spinach and grilled chicken to the pizza! Thanks again for the idea!