Creamy Artichoke Pizza

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

It’s Monday. You’re starving. You head into Trader Joe’s (which is probably a NIGHTMARE because MONDAY) and you think about getting a frozen pizza but you want something different. You know you already have a jar of marinated artichokes at home. Pick up pizza dough, alfredo sauce, cheese and some fresh basil and you’re minutes away from Creamy Artichoke Pizza.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

When you get home, let the dough sit on the counter. I remember when Casey and I were first living together, I bought pizza dough from Trader Joe’s and it turned out to be an EPIC FAIL. I couldn’t get the dough to move. It kept springing back into the center and so we had the doughiest/smallest pizza in history. The problem was that I didn’t let the dough sit out long enough. Sometimes you have to let it go away, check on it and then come back later.

Impatience in the kitchen doesn’t get you far.

 

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Not too shabby for coming up with a pizza on the fly with things I already had in my kitchen!

Make this tonight and you’re totally winning Monday. It definitely beats sitting on the couch eating cereal for dinner…well…not if we’re talking about Golden Grahams.

Let’s gather our ingredients.

Everything you need is right here. All of these things I usually have in my possession.

The alfredo isn’t really a staple of mine. I had an extra jar for a photo shoot and I’m finally putting it to good use. I think it’s great in this application, I’m not sure how it is on pasta, though.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Dough is ready to work with. I lined the bottom of my pizza tray with some cornmeal because I love that cornmeal crust I get at good pizza places. It makes a difference.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Dough stretched.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Alfredo sauce on.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Followed by some cheese.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Let’s put some basil on top.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Let’s make a starburst out of artichokes.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

So pretty, huh?

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Let’s take a little trip to the spice cabinet.

We’re going to put some red pepper flakes & oregano on top.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

I like a lot of red pepper on my pizzas.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

And then I put even more when I go to eat it. AHHHHH.

#redpepperflakeenthusiast

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

MMMMMMMMMM.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

You get a pizza that’s like creamy artichoke soup but tangy because of the marinated artichokes.

I love when there are charred bits on the artichokes. DIVINE!

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

You’re not going to want to stop eating it.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Consider yourself warned.

A few items from Trader Joe's and you have yourself Creamy Artichoke Pizza. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Also, what’s with all of the parking lots at Trader Joe’s? They’re always NUTS.

Creamy Artichoke Pizza

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serves 3-4

  • 1 1lb. pizza dough
  • 1/3 cup alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup Quatro Formaggio (a cheese blend)
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts, drained
  • 8 basil leaves, julienned
  • a heavy pinch red pepper flakes
  • a good sprinkle dried oregano

Preheat oven to 500F.

Spread pizza dough to fit a pizza tray. Spread alfredo sauce over the top, followed by half of the cheese and basil. Evenly distribute the artichokes on top of the sauce and finish with remaining cheese, red pepper flakes and oregano. Place in the oven and bake 15-18 minutes, or until crust is nicely browned. Serve warm.

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  • Sara

    Hey, I made up an artichoke pizza on the fly recently, too! I live in Wegman’s territory and I have recently become a huge fan of their frozen vegetables (I know. I usually go with fresh, but having something decent in the freezer is great sometimes.) So they make a frozen creamed spinach – it’s just frozen spinach with little frozen cubes of cream sauce. It gets cooked/defrosted in a pan with a little water and the result is definitely not REAL creamed spinach, but it’s alright. And it turns out it makes an awesome pizza sauce. And thus we ended up with spinach artichoke dip-style pizza! With only about 10 minutes of prep time! 😀

  • Meagan

    this looks like the perfect weeknight dinner when everyone is craving something CREAMY and CARBY! yay!

  • Kimberly

    THANK YOU for the trick with the pizza dough! I had stopped buying it because the last two times were like a WWE style wrestling match with it. It would not relax no matter how hard we stretched. This looks really good, Can’t wait to try it!

  • Jamie

    Tracy, please do a spinach artichoke dip pizza next! = )

  • Jane M

    AAAAAH! Loved seeing this post early this morning…dreaming of pizza all day long. Sadly CHICKEN is on our menu and then I’m going to the pool – gotta work off the cheats I’ve been sneaking today! YEEHAWWWW!

  • Diane

    reminds me of those delicious calzones you had up recently….I made them and they were sooo good… this pizza is next!

  • Alison

    Yep, I can relate to cold pizza dough not stretching out… and needing to let it warm up before attempting to flatten it. This pizza looks so easy and delicious!

  • Jean

    I’m with Alison-pizza dough and I always duke it out no matter how long I leave it out. But if this is half as good as your everything lox pizza recipe (and it sounds and looks like it will be!) it will be well worth the fight.

    • Tracy

      Let it chill! :) But when I say chill I mean like…hang out…for a bit. Warm up. Take the chill off.

  • Katelyn Knowles

    That last part reminds me of season 1 of Grace and Frankie when Grace’s guy “Guy” makes a joke about the Trader Joe’s being the scariest place he’s ever been! Ha!

  • Ashlyn @ The Pedantic Foodie

    What a fabulous weeknight idea! So simple but it looks wonderful! My father is such a huge artichoke fan – I cannot wait to make this for him!

  • Hana raveh

    Please register me to your news letter
    Thanks!

  • Erin

    I just made this for dinner and it was truly incredible. Thank you for such a great recipe!!

  • Anna P

    This pizza was super tasty, we just took down the entire thing for dinner. Thanks!

  • Hannah H

    This is so delicious! Making it for the second time now. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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