Hold the Cheese, Please: Arugula and Asparagus Pesto Pizza


Remember the vegan pesto I shared two weeks ago? Today, in my New Veganism column at Food52, I’m celebrating spring flavors by sharing a perfect vegan pizza: arugula and aparagus pesto pizza.

Vegan pizza might sound like a contradiction in terms, since so many of us associate pizza with cheese. But a variety of sauces and toppings can make a pizza that’s every bit as delicious as more traditional pie. In this recipe, for example, grassy asparagus meets spicy arugula and the umami and saltiness of pesto.


For more pizza ideas, and to get the recipe, head on over to Food52. Here’s to spring!


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Categories: Main Dishes
Method: Oven
Dietary Preferences: Soy Free, Vegan

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  1. I love pizza and enjoy experimenting with new recipes . Yours is next! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks amazing! You have me convinced. Who needs cheese anyway? I’m going to try this next week…

  3. This looks really tasty. I don’t think I’d even miss the cheese with such a delicious pesto on top! Pesto really packs a big flavor punch, so I think this is an awesome way to enhance a pizza.

  4. This looks amazing, my favorite style of vegan pizza simply celebrating veggies.

  5. The younger me may have agreed on the cheese-as-a-pizza-necessity-thing, but I know what you mean now! Pesto especially is such an amazing pizza topper. We just had roasted asparagus for dinner last night, I love it!

  6. This recipe is amazing! I love pizza and asparagus combined. This is my new vegan favorite recipe. I can’t wait to try this. πŸ˜‰

  7. Beautiful. Arugula pies are great. And cheeseless pizzas are especially popular with (non-vegan) friends when I use sauces other than marinara. Expectations are funny, huh. (I like to use a less expensive spinach pesto on my pies which results in allowing me to pile it on pretty thick, which may have something to do with its popularity, too.)

    My next attempt is a white pie. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau shared a cream sauce recipe last summer with CC members that includes a bunch of sauteed summer squash. As someone not very fond of cream sauces, I can only describe it as The Most. I worked in into my Thanksgiving table, even. Really tasty and nutritionally sound enough to indulge in on the regs. Really. Plus, having two or three recipes that use a ton of summer squash is handy to necessary. Anyway, it’s definitely going on a pizza soon.

    After I make an arugula-asparagus pie, of course.

  8. Oh, Amy, I’m sorry! That’s likely my fault, because I upload them, but there’s actually been a system bug lately — I triple checked this recipe before I posted it and it still contained missed steps. The team is on it, so I hope you won’t get so frustrated you stop reading πŸ™‚

    By the way, I’m beyond honored that I’m your favorite blogger!

    • oh it’s ok, sorry I was in a cranky mood last night and one of my pet peeves is recipe glitches since it can lead to my most hated thing- kitchen disasters! I understand that these things happen- maybe they need a better proofreader over there at Food52! Anyway, I sincerely apologize if that comment was upsetting at all and have a great weekend Gena!

      • Oh goodness, Amy, not at all. I was just dismayed to think you’d been inconvenienced! xo

  9. I left a comment on the article but I have to say it here too- Gena you are my favorite (absolute FAVORITE) blog but I just don’t understand these Food52 articles. They are almost always missing steps or at the very least poorly edited. It drives me nuts!

  10. That’s my kind of pizza! How can one miss the cheese with all of these veggie goodies on top? πŸ˜‰

  11. This looks just delectable, Gena! I think I’m going to make it for my man friend. Oh, the perks of dating a vegan! πŸ™‚

  12. oh yum! loving the combination of flavors! I’ve been all over asparagus lately, can’t seem to get enough πŸ™‚