Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Flatbread

Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Flatbread is whole grain flatbread topped with pesto sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and shaved asparagus!

Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Flatbread is an easy, flavorful flatbread with pesto, creamy ricotta, and ribbons of shaved asparagus! @FlavortheMoment

I bombarded you with strawberries last week and now I’m back with more asparagus!  I’ll probably have about 25 more asparagus recipes for you before the season is over, so bear with me.  

This recipe is different, however, because we’re dealing with gorgeous ribbons of shaved asparagus.  

Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Flatbread is an easy, flavorful flatbread with pesto, creamy ricotta, and ribbons of shaved asparagus! @FlavortheMoment

This shaved asparagus ricotta flatbread takes pizza to a whole new level, and it’s bursting with fresh, spring flavor.

Those ribbons are almost too pretty to eat!

Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Flatbread is an easy, flavorful flatbread with pesto, creamy ricotta, and ribbons of shaved asparagus! @FlavortheMoment

Shaved asparagus ricotta flatbread

Yes, those ribbons of shaved asparagus are pretty, but really, I had no problem eating them.  They’re delicious raw, which I know because I was eating them as I shaved them.   They’re also amazing cooked ever so slightly on this flatbread.  

Surprisingly, this was the first time I’d ever made shaved asparagus!  I’ve had them on my radar from years ago seeing my friend Ashley’s polenta bites, and most recently Becky’s gorgeous tart.

Now, there’s no going back, and if you try it you’ll understand.  The shaved asparagus ribbons are crisp and delicate, and are amazing with the other flavors that are going on in this flatbread.

The foundation of this flatbread is set with a generous slathering of my favorite Spinach Walnut Pesto recipe, which I make often and freeze for easy pizza making.  I have this thing for veggie pesto pizzas, see, so it’s necessary to have it around at all times.

Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Flatbread is an easy, flavorful flatbread with pesto, creamy ricotta, and ribbons of shaved asparagus! @FlavortheMoment

The pesto is topped with creamy ricotta that has a big pop of lemon flavor from lemon juice and zest.  That lemon flavor brings out the most in our asparagus and pesto.  Lemon flavor for me is a true day brightener. πŸ™‚

From there, we top the ricotta with our shaved asparagus, and grill or bake at high heat according to the naan package instructions for 3-4 minutes.  Once the flatbread comes out of the oven, I like to drizzle a little olive oil over the top and shave some fresh parmesan right over the top.

This Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Flatbread is an easy meatless Monday meal with bright, fresh flavors that just taste like spring.  Why I waited so long to shave asparagus, I have no idea, but I’ll definitely be making up for lost time. πŸ™‚

And now, it’s Eat Seasonal time!  Thanks to Becky from The Vintage Mixer for organizing another month of Eat Seasonal, where a group of bloggers link up delicious seasonal recipes.  This month I incorporated 2 types of produce from the list into my dish — asparagus and spinach.

Eat Seasonal Collage May 2016

Please don’t forget to visit the other delicious dishes from the Eat Seasonal bloggers, as well as Becky’s May Seasonal Produce Guide  for even more inspiration.  You can also tag your own seasonal dishes with the hashtag #eatseasonal as well to join in on the fun!

Rhubarb-Almond Cake by Floating Kitchen
Kale, Mushroom & Goat Cheese Quesadillas by Cookin’ Canuck
Skinny Pineapple Mint Margaritas by Mountain Mama Cooks
Roasted Broccoli and Bacon Crustless Quiche by Completely Delicious
Rhubarb-Wine BBQ Sauce by Kitchen Confidante
Lemon Roasted Artichokes by Letty’s Kitchen
Rice Bowls with Quick Pickled Ginger Red Cabbage by Food for My Family
Rhubarb Eton Mess with Coconut Whipped Cream by Vintage Mixer
Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Flatbread is an easy, flavorful flatbread with pesto, creamy ricotta, and ribbons of shaved asparagus! @FlavortheMoment

Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Flatbread

Yield: 2 naan flatbread pizzas
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Flatbread is whole grain flatbread topped with pesto sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and shaved asparagus!

Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Flatbread

Ingredients

  • (2) whole wheat naan flatbread (I used Stonefire brand)
  • 4 tablespoons spinach walnut pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8-10 stalks of asparagus, shaved with a vegetable peeler (you may have some leftover)
  • Shaved parmesan and extra virgin olive oil, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven or grill as instructed on naan package instructions.
  2. Top each naan with 2 tablespoons of the pesto, 1/4 cup of ricotta, and top with shaved asparagus.
  3. Bake or grill for 3-4 minutes or until the naan is crisp and golden brown. Remove from the oven and drizzle with a bit of olive oil and shaved parmesan, if desired. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

  • If pressed for time, use store bought pesto!
  • Pesto may be made in advance and stored in the fridge for 2-3 days in an air tight container. It also freezes well!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1/2 flatbread

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454 Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 35mg Sodium: 933mg Carbohydrates: 44g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 10g Protein: 19g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

 

 

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