Asparagus & Ricotta Flatbread

*This Asparagus & Ricotta Flatbread is light, fresh, tangy, sweet, and creamy! Pizza dough is topped with thinly shaved asparagus and fresh ricotta, and flavored with tart lemon and honey.*

This Asparagus & Ricotta Flatbread is light, fresh, tangy, sweet, and creamy! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #pizza #asparagus #lemon #ricotta

Hi friends. How are you today? I’m excited to write this post because I’ve been mulling a few things over for a while, and I think it’s finally time to share. Buckle up, though – this is a long one! The thing is, I absolutely love the entire process of creating this blog: dreaming up ideas for recipes, researching new cooking techniques, grocery shopping for beautiful fresh produce, actually getting in the kitchen to cook, and finally styling my food and capturing it on camera. The icing on the cake is writing to you. Having the opportunity to share bits and pieces about what’s going on in my life and why I love the food that I’m cooking and sharing.

But I also want to make sure that the recipes I’m posting here serve a purpose. That my food helps my readers (you guys!) to enjoy life just a little bit more, by making it easier and more fun for you to create delicious and nourishing meals. I’m big on keeping my life organized, so I want to make sure that there’s some continuity in the recipes that I post here. In my mind, if each baked good, salad, and cocktail that I create can soundly reflect my philosophy around cooking, I’ll be just a little bit happier. But I’ve realized that these tenets I hold, my approach to good food, is never something that I’ve explicitly defined. So today, I’m delving into exactly what I want my blog to represent.

This Asparagus & Ricotta Flatbread is light, fresh, tangy, sweet, and creamy! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #pizza #asparagus #lemon #ricotta

But first, let’s back up a couple of steps. As a young adult living in a big city and working as a software engineer, I’d say that I’m about as close to the textbook definition of ‘millennial’ as you can get. I spend probably too much of my time in front of a computer screen, I generally have my iPhone in one hand and Kindle in the other, and my attention span is sometimes regrettably short. But I also have a deep love for food, in what may be a more profound way than many people of my generation. Yes, I’m always up for trying out the latest food trends (even if it means waiting in line for an hour) and I post many of my meals on Instagram. But more important than that, for me, is cooking homemade food, from scratch, for and with the people I love. I think that this tradition has gone by the wayside for many millennials, in this modern world of Uber Eats, Grub Hub, and the ubiquitous Whole Foods salad bar. So really, my goal with this blog is to show young millennials – and remind anyone else who needs the inspiration – that nourishing meals, cooked at home with love, are within reach.

As I continue to pour my heart into The Millennial Cook, I promise to share with you easy, seasonal, and delicious recipes. I’ll focus on quick and wholesome weeknight dinners, delicious baked goods, and easy, interesting cocktails. Often healthy, sometimes indulgent, these will be dishes that wow me every time. Most of my meals are simple – because that’s what I have time for, and I honestly believe that great ingredients, well prepared, are delicious. A few here and there are totally over-the-top (hello, layer cakes!) because sometimes a challenge is just what we need. Most importantly, I hope that each and every one of my posts gives you the confidence to get in the kitchen!

This Asparagus & Ricotta Flatbread is light, fresh, tangy, sweet, and creamy! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #pizza #asparagus #lemon #ricotta

And with that, let’s move on to today’s recipe, because it’s one that you’re definitely not going to want to miss. This simple flatbread is as fresh and perfect for spring as a pizza can get. Asparagus is one of my favorite foods, and it’s the real star of the show today. The bright green vegetable is thinly shaved and tossed with plenty of tart lemon, sweet honey, and rich olive oil. We pile this delectable mess on top of fresh pizza dough, then finish everything off with plenty of creamy ricotta cheese. This flatbread is easy to throw together in a matter of minutes, and one of my favorite light and delicious dinners for spring. I hope you enjoy, and I’ll sign off today by saying thank you so much for reading and for joining me on this journey!

This Asparagus & Ricotta Flatbread is light, fresh, tangy, sweet, and creamy! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #pizza #asparagus #lemon #ricotta

Asparagus & Ricotta Flatbread

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This Asparagus & Ricotta Flatbread is light, fresh, tangy, sweet, and creamy! Pizza dough is topped with thinly shaved asparagus and fresh ricotta, and flavored with tart lemon and honey.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • ½ pound asparagus
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey, lemon juice, and one half teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  3. Using a vegetable peeler, shave asparagus into long strips. Transfer to bowl, then toss to coat with dressing.
  4. Sprinkle some flour on a baking sheet.
  5. Place pizza dough on sheet and stretch into a fourteen-inch round.
  6. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella. Pile asparagus on top.
  7. Bake until dough is puffed and cheese is melted, about fifteen minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together ricotta, lemon zest, and remaining salt and pepper.
  9. Dollop ricotta over pizza, then slice into wedges and serve.

This Asparagus & Ricotta Flatbread is light, fresh, tangy, sweet, and creamy! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #pizza #asparagus #lemon #ricotta

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