Three Cheese Pesto Spinach Flatbread Pizza. Alternate title: how to eat an entire 5oz box of spinach for lunch with out making a frickin’ salad.
What happens when you top a garlicky flatbread with homemade creamed spinach, three kinds of cheeses, and pesto, glorious pesto?
Lunch. A really, really, ridiculously yummy who-needs-a-pizzaria lunch. Or dinner. Or a tasty snack for two if you have an particularly peckish significant other hovering over your shoulder. You know what? You could make this for breakfast and nobody would judge you. It’s just too good not to.
Sorry about that. The coffee made me do it. The BUTTERED coffee. Yes I’m still riding that bandwagon. The conductor even let me blow the whistle. Hollaaaaa!
Can we get back to the pizza before I embarrass myself any further? Thanks for understanding, let’s never speak of this again. Of the hashtags, that is. We MUST speak of pizza. Often.
Three Cheese Pesto Spinach Flatbread Pizza… for one!
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Three Cheese Pesto Spinach Flatbread Pizza
- 5 oz fresh spinach
- 1 TBSP butter
- 1 clove garlic smashed and minced
- 1/4 cup heavy cream (room temperature)
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1/8-1/4 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 garlic naan flatbread
- 2 oz mozzarella cheese grated
- 2 tbsp feta cheese crumbled
- 1-2 tsp pesto
- 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes for topping
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Chop spinach and mince garlic.
- Heat a deep pan to medium-high heat with 1 TBSP butter.
- Add garlic and spinach and sauté until wilted.
- Add heavy cream, parmesan, and salt and reduce heat to simmer, stirring frequently to thicken for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Spread spinach mixture onto your flatbread and top with mozzarella and feta cheese.
- Drizzle with pesto and bake on a foil lined baking sheet at 350 for 12 min.
- Change oven setting to broil for an additional minute or two, until golden and bubbly.
- Top with red pepper flakes and enjoy!
If you get a chance to try this Three Cheese Pesto Spinach Flatbread Pizza, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations.
I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
I’m one of those people who are perpetually hungry, by the way.
Even when eating, I’m simultaneously thinking about how delicious it is and wondering what my next meal will be. I started fantasizing about this pizza while eating breakfast. I had forgotten to add spinach to my scrambled eggs and began thinking longingly about how I could utilize that poor neglected box-0-spinach. Then my mind naturally wandered to pizza, and I spent the rest of the morning waiting for the first lunchtime hunger pang to strike so I could stuff my face.
This didn’t disappoint one bit! You’ll see this flavor combination over and over on my blog, and for good reason too; it’s downright delicious! Feel free to adjust the garlic and red pepper flakes to taste to make this pizza as mild or as spicy as your heart desires, though that little kick from the RPF really takes this one out of the park. Do it.
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Love this recipe. I have made it many times!
Happy to hear it, Sue!
Loved this….but would user 2 naam breads next time. So delicious
Outstanding flavor! Such a great summer dinner.
I read this recipe and got up to make it for lunch. Delicious! spinach, garlic, great cheese & pesto! I had just baked some garlic heads and their creamy smooth flavor was a huge plus.
Great at anytime of the day. We appreciate this pin.
DAY = MADE!!! So glad you enjoyed the flatbread pizza recipe. Thanks Elaine!
The 3 chz pesto pizza is FANTASTIC! Will definitely be making this again!!
This is my favorite pizza recipe! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve made this since discovering it years ago. My husband and I make homemade pizza almost every Friday night, and this one is my go-to! I’ve started making multiple batches of it and freezing them in portion sized jars. They’re easy to reheat and build the pizza with fresh mozzarella and feta. So good!!
I loved this recipe years ago and so glad I found it again. However, I’ve had some dietary restrictions recently and was wondering– can the cheeses and cream be substituted for dairy free alternatives? (coconut cream for the cream and vegan cheese) I’d love to know cause this was so good!
Hi Lia! I feel you on the dietary restrictions – so crazy to navigate! I think it’s for sure worth experimenting. My friends RAVE about vegan feta and maybe if coconut cream is too strong in flavor you can make a cashew cream sauce and try that?
This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! There’s just one thing I felt like I needed to point out. The cuisine is listed as vegetarian, but parmesan cheese is included in the recipe, and sadly parmesan cheese of itself is not vegetarian unless you get some deliberately labeled as such. Parmesan cheese is made with animal rennet.
Technically a vegetarian diet allows dairy products and eggs, a vegan diet eliminates all animal products including dairy, fish and eggs.
I made this last night with a couple of twists (since I didn’t have all the ingredients)! I subbed Asiago cheese for the feta and left the pesto out. It was SO good- so much better than I thought it would be, and I already thought it would be amazing!
Asiago sounds marvelous! YUM!
Friend coming over this afternoon for wine and appetizer(s) and this is it!!!! I used home made sun-dried tomato pesto. Thank you for a fantastic idea.
Hope they were a hit! Thank you Phyll! xo
Delicious. Iused a flatbread pizza crust instead of naan, so cooked at 375 in a convection oven per crust instructions. Also left in oven with heat off for about 10 minutes after cooking, because didn’t want it yet, and that improved it a little — had been a little gloppy before. But delicious taste and big hit with my guests
Thank you for this recipe. I needed a quick lunch meal and this is it! I’ll be back to try more recipes from you.
Yayyy thank you Tonisha! xo
This was a flatbread fail for me. Unfortunately my sauce never thickened up even though I followed this recipe verbatim. Maybe it was because I used a deep sauce pan and instead maybe I should have use a deep skillet. It smelled fantastic though.
Oh no! I’m happy to help troubleshoot if you’d like? Were any of the dairy products low or reduced fat possibly? Or pre-shredded cheese vs. freshly grated? Sometimes that can play a hand in consistency differences.
OMG I have no words! So I live on my own and just spent the last 4 hours cleaning and baking two pies and I wanted something quick and easy for dinner and I remembered that I came across this recipe about two days ago so I thought I would give it a try. And it is SOOO good. I didn’t add anything and I didn’t substitute anything either , I just followed the recipe word for word. This is my new go to when I need something simple and DELICIOUS. Thanks Jenn 🙂
This was delicious and so simple! Such a keeper
This is a family favorite! I add boiled chicken and artichoke hearts to the mixture. It’s so delicious!!!
Woooot! Love the add-ins Trista!
Do you the nutritional info?
Hi Jessica! The recipe can be copy and pasted into MyFitnessPal.com for a free nutritional analysis. I usually don’t include it on flatbread recipes like this since it varies greatly depending on which size and type of pita/naan is used.
Can Greek nonfat yogurt be substituted for the heavy cream?
Hi Phyllis! The problem with nonfat dairy is that it curdles very easily under heat. I would actually just skip the cream and not use a swap for it at all. This way you have a lighter garlicky spinach base! The cheese and pesto should help the pizza to still feel decadent and creamy.
Hello! How big is the “one garlic naan flatbread” in this recipe? 8 inches? 12 inches? I hope to make this tomorrow night!
We often buy the “Stonefire Naan” brand but I haven’t ever measure the length, eek! The package size is 8.8 oz (250 grams) for two flatbreads according to their site. Hope this helps Renae – so excited for you to try the recipe!
And the recipe will cover one of those Stonefire Naan flatbreads, or both? Sorry for so many questions! 🙂
That’s why I’m here! So since the spinach shrinks down, the topping volume will decrease — I used it to make just one! If you want a less loaded naan though you should be able to divide it between two.
Thanks – it was yummy!! 🙂
This is so good.
Definitely a keeper!
I was Hesitant about this bc most of the reviews were just from people saying it looked good, but I made This last night and it turned out excellent! It was super easy to make, I added some fresh mushrooms right before I put it in the oven, and was so impressed!
So good!!!! I added diced cherry tomatoes after it was all cooked and it was o good! Making it for Thanksgiving.
Ahhhh yay! So honored to make Thanksgiving status and I’m so stoked you’re loving the recipe! Thanks Abby!
Best ever!! I only added a few cherry tomatoes
YUM!! I am a Home Ec fail and not a cook, but this turned out awesome! Tastes wonderful… of course, with spinach, garlic and three types of cheese, how could it be bad? And super easy to make. I am not a feta fan, so I used 6cheese Italian blend and it is yummy!
Lovely and delicious pizza recipe. Looks so healthy and full of protein. Thanks!
Awesome recipe, it was delicious
So happy you enjoyed it Stephanie! Thanks!
I am so far from being a salad person – this pizza is totally more my speed (though I DO adore spinach on just about anything). Loving everything on this beauty, BTW! That pesto! <3
Thank you Erica! Pizza is for sure the way to my heart – especially with oodles of spinach on top. 🙂 Hope you get a chance to try it!
You had me at pizza, pesto, and spinach! YUMMY!
And I <3 your hashtags in your post too!
Haha thank you Cathy! A perfect combo right?!
Oh my! I made this pizza for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I can’t believe how easy it was to make and how perfectly the flavors came together. I’ve never commented on a recipe but couldn’t resist commenting on this one!!! Homerun!
I rarely comment on recipes, but had to tell you what a great find this was! I used a 16 oz bag of frozen spinach, cooked in the microwave, and more or less doubled the rest of the recipe. It made the perfect amount for a 5-pack of flatbread. It was easy, tasty and customizable. I left the feta and red pepper flakes off my kids’, and everyone loved it! My husband and 9-year-old told me it should go in our regular dinner rotation, and I agree! That’s quite a feat. Thank you!
Thank you Amy! So glad you were able to feed the fam with this recipe and that it was a hit too! 🙂 Day = made!
Made this last night for dinner. It taste as great as it looks!!
Wonderful!! 5 stars
I made this for my husband for lunch today and added pepperoni and baked on a pizza stone. The flatbread was AMAZING! He loved it so much excitedly saying that this is a flatbread he’d happily pay for in a restaurant. I didn’t bother mentioning that he ate half a bag of fresh spinach in that meal. 🙂 Thanks for the awesome recipe!
Girl you made my night! Thanks Lauren!! So stoked y’all loved it and I adore the added pepperoni – YUM!
Yum!! I think I would add artichoke hearts to this. Looks amazing!
A phenomenal addition! Thanks Jo!
Delicious!! I will use less cream next time,add mushrooms per others’ reviews and eat it AGAIN. This is GREAT.
This is seriously amazing! Love pesto so just added a few scoops straight to the sauce and was absolutely delicious, everyone who had some was obsessed with it
Yay!!!! So happy to hear it Dani! We make this one a LOT! <3
Well, now I know what I’m making myself for dinner this week! I’m with you on buttered coffee (ok ok, I’m using heavy cream) and therefore need to load all this good stuff onto a cauliflower crust, but I think it’s gonna work out! Thanks for the post!
Hope you looooooove it Lauren! I totally want to try this with cauli crust now – love it! <3
Have to admit that this looks amazing! Love the versatility… and the photography is so tantalizing. Will be pinning to try:)
Thank you Seana!!!
This has my name written ALL over it.
Oh my gosh this looks absolutely to-die for! I’ve been craving pizza so I need to gather the ingredients to make this!!
Ohmygosh yes – do it! <3 It's so flipping good on any and every crust!
This is my kind of pizza! Love these flavors!
The alternate blog post title might be my favorite one yet.
This sounds delicious and I have almost all the ingredients on hand. Definitely the box of spinach and since Sunday was a sugar filled sugar-a-thon, I’ve got a craving to go Popeye and eat all the spinach. I was thinking about waiting for this weekend when the Hubby is home so I can share, but a part of me wants to just go for it now. #pizzaforbreakfast.
One of my best friends comes from an Indian background and they legit have a tandoor oven in their backyard and they legit make tandoori oven pizzas…but nothing as purrty as this. Hashtagyum minus the actual sign.
Again – such a beautiful pizza! Gotta make this one stat!
Gimme!! I need this now. Please come make it for me? I’ll entertain the chickpea.
I’ve been craving pizza lately. This looks amazing. I’ll trade you cilantro jalapeño hummus for pizza?
Yay! Pizza is my FAVE and this looks amazing!!!!
Love the ‘alternate title’ haha! This definitely made me crave some pizza.
That flatbread looks gorgeous (and delicious), but the real reason I’m here in the comments is to pledge my full support of buttered coffee! I’m a butter-bandwagon regular. No shame! Happy Monday 🙂
This pizza looks and sounds perfect. With garlic, feta, mozzarella and spinach (all my faves!!!) I’m literally drooling!
Garlic and heavy cream? Say no more!!
#ilovepizza #andexcessivehash #pizzaandhash #yesithinkiamhilarious #youshouldtoo
Spinach on a pizza has always been my favorite. I don’t think this could look any better 🙂
I am glad I am not the only one who plans out the next meal while still eating the first. This pizza is amazing. I love a good spinach and ricotta pizza but this one sounds just as good if not even better. Pesto?!?! Making soon.
I also think about my next meal while eating my current meal. Our vacations revolve entirely around where to eat!
Oh I loooove this! And I just happen to have some leftover pesto from last week that needs to be used up ASAP! Thank you for sharing at the perfect time!!
Oh yes PLEASE! I just bought some naan for the freezer and I would LOVE this for lunch! Cook for me? 😉
I’ll cook; you bake. We’ll be unstoppable! And oh so full 😉