Lemon Ricotta Flatbread with Garlicky Pea Puree

Toasted to perfection, this garlicky flatbread is topped with a lemony ricotta, a delicious whipped pea puree, and a hearty handful of fresh arugula. Finish it off with a drizzle of sweet balsamic glaze and you have a tasty party-perfect appetizer or light lunch!

Toasted to perfection, this garlicky flatbread is topped with a lemony ricotta, a delicious whipped pea puree, and a hearty handful of fresh arugula. Finish it off with a drizzle of sweet balsamic glaze and you have a tasty party-perfect appetizer or light lunch!

It’s almost here, that is. I think NC has one more cold front in it before it calms the eff down. I’m all for faking it for a few more days until Spring has officially sprung. Until then, let’s make some pea-zza!

This feisty flatbread is fresh and flavorful and, though it looks ultra fancy, it’s oh-so-easy to assemble! Both fillings can be made ahead of time, making this perfect picnic and party food or simply and easy no-fuss lunch.

Lemon Ricotta Flatbread with Garlicky Pea Puree

Lemon Ricotta Flatbread with Garlicky Pea Puree

Toasted flatbread topped with lemony ricotta, garlicky pea puree, fresh arugula, and a sweet-yet-savory balsamic glaze.

Recipe yields 2-3 flatbreads, perfect for slicing and sharing!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Ricotta Flatbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 2 cups peas cooked
  • 1/3 cup olive oil plus extra to taste
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup ricotta [not fat-free]
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese packed
  • 2 TBSP fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • lemon zest to taste [I added around 1/2 tsp of zest]
  • a pinch of salt, pepper, and fresh parsley
  • 2-3 all-natural garlic naan flatbreads
  • 1 heaping cup fresh baby arugula
  • sweet balsamic glaze for topping/drizzling
  • diced/sliced tomatoes for topping (optional but delicious!)
  • extra parm for topping

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Cook peas via your favorite method and combine with garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper in a food processor.
  3. Pour in olive oil as you blend until desired consistency is reached. After 1/3 cup I was good to go!
  4. In a small bowl, combine ricotta, parmesan, lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper to season.
  5. Fold ingredients together and set aside.
  6. Grab your garlic naan and bake directly on the rack for around 3-5 minutes or until the desired crispness is reached.
  7. Layer on the lemony ricotta then top with the pea puree.
  8. Garnish with lots of fresh baby arugula, balsamic glaze, freshly grated parmesan. If desired, pile on some tomatoes too! Enjoy!
  9. Serving these bad boys at a barbecue? You can also toast the flatbreads on the grill before piling on the toppings. Yum!
  10. Slice them into strips with a pizza cutter and serve them up appetizer style!

Recipe Notes

Pea puree adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

special diets and swaps

  • vegansaurus chefs: simply skip the ricotta and add a little of the lemon zest into the pea puree for an optional zing (it’s delicious both ways!) and pile on extra greens + veggies on top. Easy, breezy, beautiful vegan flatbread. Yes I just quoted a Covergirl commercial.
  • t-rex chefs: make it as is, mofos!

P insists this would also be great with chicken. He says that about a lot of my recipes lately. I think I should make the poor kid some chicken. He’s been working 12+ hour days so I sort of feel bad. He’s also been leaving dirty laundry in every room of the house so… I don’t feel THAT bad. Hah! I totally hope he’s reading this.

Bear, the socks! Make it stahhhhp!

I usually just pick them up and then stick him with dish duty later. I would much rather do laundry than dishes. Washing dishes is literally the bane of a food blogger’s existence, ask around. By the way, it’s 2015… where’s my dish scrubbing robot? And don’t tell me that it’s a dishwasher because that thing is not nearly big enough to tackle the mess I make when I recipe test. Stop reading this and go invent me that robot. I pay in homemade veggie pizza and cookies.

So you know how sometimes you’ll start talking and then realize you have no idea what just came out of your mouth? That’s this post, in a nutshell. I can’t always talk as fast as I can think, but I’m fairly certain  I type faster than I can think, which has led to some pretty odd blog posts. Sorry about that!

So… are we going to get back to the recipe finally? Please?

Toasted to perfection, this garlicky flatbread is topped with a lemony ricotta, a delicious whipped pea puree, and a hearty handful of fresh arugula. Finish it off with a drizzle of sweet balsamic glaze and you have a tasty party-perfect appetizer or light lunch!

Yes! This stuff is awesome! If you find yourself with a little pea puree left over, save it to spread on your sandwich tomorrow. You can even attack it with a slice of bread like my toddler did. All options point to yum.

Now go throw a spring shindig and serve these as an appetizer.

Class dismissed <3

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  • Dang girl this pea-zza is gorgeous! And I LOVE balsamic glaze! This is the perfect easy appetizer and I love that it can be made ahead of time!

  • That looks AMAZING! 3 of my all time favorite ingredients are Lemon, Garlic, and arugula. Next time I have a pizza craving, i’m going to try this

  • Jenn,
    My spouse wears at least 2 pairs of socks a day, I am sure just to make me twitchy. All the damn socks! However, he’s awesome about bombing them down the laundry chutes in our 80something year old house. My son, on the other hand, leaves his socks all over the place.
    Actually, that’s not true. He leaves his socks next to the shoe bench where he takes off his shoes/braces/socks upon coming in the house.
    It’s that darn Basset that thinks he’s a Lab, Robert Barker, who is responsible for the socks migrating all over the house.

    Migratory socks. How’d I get here?

    This Pea-zza looks delicious to me–and would make quick work of a pint of farm share peas since the kids don’t love them like I do. I’m thinking it would be delicious with a grilled pizza crust (not that I grill my pizza crusts, but it’s on the summer bucket list). That way I don’t need to stress about the whole melty cheese issue, and can just focus on the pizza crust and then focus on the toppings after.

    Thanks!

    • Jenn

      Best. Comment. Ever. Haha thanks for commiserating with me a bit, Kirsten! And ohmygosh yes let’s grill our pizzas! I always mean to try it and slack off every time! Lessdoit!

  • I am loving all the green on this gorgeous pizza! And that balsamic drizzle is genius!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Faith! <3 xo

  • This looks light and refreshing–perfect for Spring!! Great recipe!

    • Jenn

      Soooooo refreshing! Thanks Kristen!

  • I am normally not a pea person because the whole weird squish factor but this puree totally circumvents all that.

    Also, I want a dish washing robot too. Where can we buy these things?

    The Hubby is eating sausage by the pound. I’m not even sure how to take that. 😉

    • Jenn

      My husband and daughter would agree with you, but these last few pea recipes of mine converted them — you’re next on the chopPEA block! (that may be my worst pun yet)

  • I die whenever I read the word garlicky. I can’t believe there is no squiggly line underneath it.

    I need this now. Extra ricotta. Hold the lemon.

    • Jenn

      YOU’LL EAT THE LEMON AND YOU’LL LIKE IT! Ok fine, you can have yours without

  • I definitely want this for pizza night instead of our usual greasy delivery! It’s so pretty!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Amanda! I’m totally a greasy pizza fan too, it’s nice to have both in rotation! 🙂

  • Drooling over this. It looks so good!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Nathalie!!!!

  • Vegas washed all the dished today. And folded the laundry. If I hadn’t married her already, I’d do it again. Dear Lord, I hate to clean.

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