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Spinach and Artichoke Pizza

My from-scratch pizza has a whole wheat crust flavored with beer. Top it with spinach, artichoke hearts and tomatoes, then add chicken or ham and fresh basil if you want to include meat. —Raymonde Bourgeois, Swastika, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 slices


  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and parsley flakes
  • 3/4 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed quartered artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil


  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, whisk 1-1/2 cups flour, baking powder, salt and dried herbs until blended. Add beer, stirring just until moistened.
  • Turn dough onto a well-floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times, adding more flour if needed. Press dough to fit a greased 12-in. pizza pan. Pinch edge to form a rim. Bake until edge is lightly browned, about 8 minutes.
  • Mix oil and garlic; spread over crust. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese; layer with spinach, artichoke hearts and tomatoes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until crust is golden and cheese is melted, 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh basil.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 290 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 654mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 vegetable.

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  • Mary Beth
    Feb 11, 2021

    I used a store-bought cauliflower pizza crust and I give a five-star rating for ease of preparation, appeal to a broad age group, creativity, and flavor. I spread part-skim ricotta on the crust with the dried herbs before adding the other ingredients. I had an abundance of cherry tomatoes and halved them on top of the ricotta. I used 2/3 grated mozzarella and 1/3 grated parmesan cheeses. I love the broiling step at the end. It is quick and adds the browned effect of a wood-burning oven. My eaters from ten months to eighty years gave positive reviews!

  • ship2007
    Apr 2, 2018

    Can you use something like water instead of beer?

  • gina.kapfhamer
    Mar 31, 2017

    This was a perfect alternative to regular pizza for dinner! My family loved it and with the spinach and artichoke element, I could pretend it was a bit more "healthy" - which is always great!

  • lauriembs
    Jun 30, 2015

    My husband and I LOVED this pizza!!! I added two pieces of crumbled bacon to the pizza and a sprinkling of feta cheese - amazing!!!! I actually used a pre-bought pizza crust to save on time. I've already shared this recipe with several friends - it was just that good!

  • KarisAnn
    Apr 9, 2015

    My husband and I both loved this recipe. I should clarify that I used a different homemade pizza dough recipe. The only thing this pizza needed was a little salt and pepper, so the second time I made it, I added it after brushing the crust with olive oil.

  • toolbarsco
    Mar 28, 2015

    This was pretty good--added diced chicken and olives. Seemed a little "Blah" to some family members when compared to pizza from a pizza joint.