In this spinach and artichoke pizza, homemade pizza dough is topped with white wine-braised spinach and artichokes in a creamy, cheesy sauce.
spinach and artichoke pizza

As if fashioning a pizza after your favorite dip wasn’t enough to raise eyebrows, what would you say if I told you that this is actually based on a late night memory, and not the kind you go home and tell your mother about the next day?


Five years later, and it’s all haze and nostalgia now, laced with just enough inebriation so that there is very little attention to detail, but there was a slice and a stoop, and by golly I ate and sat and in that moment it was glorious.

And I have Artichoke Pizza (also, vodka sodas – my heyday drink of choice) to thank for it.


If you have spent any part of your 20’s in New York City, then you are likely familiar with this late night dining establishment. It’s within walking distance of Everywhere That Is Worth Going To In NYC After Dark (at least when you’re 22), stays open way past anyone’s bedtime, and offers up the cheesiest, greasiest, most disgustingly delicious pizza you will ever get your hands on.

It’s so gross that you can only really derive any pleasure from eating it once you’re well on you’re way to drunk-town, but in that moment it tastes like the best thing you’ve ever eaten. But better.


We can’t all be ladies of the night forever, though, and some of us want to dredge up just a hint of this food memory in totally sober broad daylight, while sitting on the couch in our pajamas watching House of Cards on Netflix.

This pizza can do that for you.

It has the essence of what I can recall from my short-lived party girl days, but heavier on the veggies and lighter on the cream. To keep that sense of richness, I braised the spinach and artichokes in white wine, which makes this taste much naughtier than it is without adding tons of calories and saturated fat. A few tablespoons of cream cheese and handfuls of grated mozzarella later, and you have yourself a pizza that you will actually want to remember.

Stay away from the vodka soda haze, and maybe you actually will.


Spinach and Artichoke Pizza
In this spinach and artichoke pizza, homemade pizza dough is topped with white wine-braised spinach and artichokes in a creamy, cheesy sauce.
Yield: 8 slices
For the pizza dough
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water, divided
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
For the pizza topping
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb frozen artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 oz low fat cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz mozzarella, grated
  1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast with a pinch of sugar and ¼ cup lukewarm water, stirring to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes. If it becomes foamy, then the yeast is alive and raring to go! If not, then the yeast is probably dead or too old and your dough won't rise, so go buy more.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the bread hook attachment, combine the flour, yeast/water mixture, remaining ¾ cup water, olive oil, and salt. Stir on medium speed until dough comes together. Stir on medium-high speed for five minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the topping. Combine the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, add the baby spinach, red pepper flakes, and artichoke hearts. Saute until the artichoke hearts are heated through and the spinach is wilted, about 6-7 minutes.
  4. Add the white wine to the pan, scraping up any brown bits that have gathered on the bottom. Simmer until it has reduced by half, about 5-6 minutes. Stir in the cream cheese and heavy cream. SImmer until sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 6-8 minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  5. Heat oven to 500F.
  6. Rub a 12-inch pizza pan with olive oil. When the dough has risen, spread it out over the prepared pan.
  7. Spread the spinach and artichoke topping over the dough, leaving a ½-inch crust around the edges. Sprinkle evenly with the mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the bottom starts to brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
An Eats Well With Others Original
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 slices


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62 Responses to Spinach and Artichoke Pizza

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    I’m totally crushing on this pizza!! Spinach and artichokes forever! 🙂

  2. Emma says:

    Incredible. LOVE the addition of white wine, and the fact that you never skimp on the cheese 🙂

  3. Rachel Cooks says:

    Party days and after-the-bar food were so fun and have their place, but if we’re in a place now where we’re using our wine to braise our spinach, oh my oh my. That’s a place I’d so much rather be! This looks phenomenal.

  4. Oh yum – I love spinach and artichoke pizza, but your sauce with the wine sounds like a new addition I need to incorporate into mine.

  5. oh my gawd, Joanne!!! you braised the spinach and artichokes in white wine?! This is why I love your recipes!!! damn, this pizza looks soooooo good!!! like, I need to go pick up some frozen artichoke hearts and spinach today!! and thank you so much for the link love!

  6. Beth says:

    I would NEVER forget this pizza. So good, and I can’t wait to try it.

  7. I wish the greasy late night places where I went to college were half as good as this pizza sounds. We mainly had Taco Bell and a super greasy diner that you just did not go into during daylight (unless you were fancy enough to be day drinking, that is) — though now when I go back, there’s a hot dog place where you can get your veggie dog topped with mac and cheese. College kids have it so good now. This pizza sounds delicious and worthy of a normal dinner rather than a 3 am shame meal. Who can say no to spinach and artichoke?

  8. Lisa says:

    Oh dear. I have only been up for an hour, but my goodness, now I want pizza for breakfast. Wonderfully creative combination of toppings.

  9. Heather says:

    Oh yum. Two of my favorite things – artichoke spinach dip and pizza. This looks so amazingly rich and awesome.

  10. Spinach and artichokes in pizza…I am totally sold!

  11. My favorite dip on a pizza! You are my hero!!

  12. Our next pizza night needs to have this amazing pizza present!

  13. Gahhh.. This pizza sounds amazing! I seriously need to buy some artichoke!

  14. Cailee says:

    Oh my word!! This looks amazing! What a great recipe! YUM!

  15. OMG that looks SOOO good. Definitely have to try this sometime for sure.

    It’s funny how some foods tickle your memory for crazy reasons.

    The day I got married (ahem, almost 19 years ago), I drove to the Springfield Mall in Alexandria, Virginia with one of my bridesmaids to get my hair done. After we were done, it was around 11:30, and we stopped at a bagel shop and I got a turkey sandwich on a bagel for lunch.

    It was SOOO good that I dreamed about the bagel sandwich for years as the best thing ever! Now, maybe I was really hungry, and nervous about the 3:30 pm wedding. I went back several years later and had the bagel and it wasn’t as good, ha!

  16. Lori R. says:

    Well, I wasn’t craving pizza yet this week, until now. This sounds incredible!

  17. Lynn says:

    I have a dim memory of those days. 🙂 (Although it was in Atlanta.) Love the look of this pizza – wish it would wander by right now!

  18. Right now, I just don’t know what to say. I really don’t because I already knew I was making this when I read the title. But the photos… yeah, I’m in love.

    Kay of Pure & Complex

  19. Sarah says:

    Yum! This pizza looks just as good as you described it. Midnight eats are the best. I went to college in California, so there weren’t so many late-night eateries around but the dinning halls used to re-open from 9PM – 1 AM and be converted into a late-night restaurant of sorts. Everything that came out of the dinning hall then seemed amazing.

  20. Definitely one of my favorite flavour combinations. Love this!

  21. Wish I could reach into the screen and take a bite out! This pizza looks awesome 😉

  22. Can you believe that I still haven’t been there (always wanted to)?! And ah vodka sodas… it’s been so long. No need for those lately but I will take a big slice of this pizza!

  23. Today must be a pizza kind of day as I posted one too! Loving all the cheese going on here.

  24. Ah yes, the fuzzy memories of our early 20s…….I am happy there wasnt social media then or would have undoubtedly shared more than I needed to!
    I printed this delectable pizza and hope to make you proud one of these days. Looks like a weekend thing for me so we can break from gardening and cleaning. A nice pizza lunch on the patio.

  25. Oh man that looks GOOD! I love artichoke, but I can never cook with it at home. Something always goes wrong 🙁

  26. Love how this came out of all your memories!

  27. Oh, my tummy is rumbling just looking at this – I want it for breakfast!

  28. Eileen says:

    Artichoke is one of the best pizza toppings ever, bar none! I can’t say that I’ve done a whole lot of drunk late-night pizza eating lately (probably for the best, ha ha), but I’m definitely looking forward to having a slice or two of this with a nice adult-palate beer. 🙂

  29. Kate says:

    I used to love spinach artichoke dip. I haven’t had it in years.

  30. Not gunna lie… In my thirties, I have been guilty of drunk pizza eating. Sometimes you just need those carbs to absorb all that liquid! I love spinach artichoke anything!!! I love that golden crispy layer on the cheesy pizza!

  31. You know the way to my heart, Joanne! I love how LOADED this is with spinach and artichokes!!

  32. Susan says:

    What a brilliant idea and without the headache in the morning! My favorite dip turned into a pizza has to be delicious.

  33. after the day I have had today this is what I WANT! The kids can fend for themselves! No i wouldnt do that but seriously momma needs this

  34. oh man….now I’m trying to figure out which place it is. 2 Brothers? I don’t know but I get the idea.

    and your spinach artichoke pizza looks incredible!!! I want mmmm ohhhh half the pizza!

  35. cheri says:

    Your pizza crust looks perfect, love the spinach and artichoke combo.

  36. I love this Pizza!!!! The wine in the sauce is INSPIRED. Delish.

  37. Victoria says:

    Spinach and artichoke dip is easily one of my guilty pleasures! I absolutely love the idea of taking that and turning it into pizza. This looks fantastic 🙂

  38. I love artichoke on my pizza. This looks wonderful. I have been looking for a good pizza dough recipe. I look forward to trying yours!

  39. My partying days are long over but I still need a date with this pizza in a big way.

  40. I love this pizza. It looks fantastic!!

  41. Zainab says:

    A white wine braising of veggies? I think my life just changed!!

  42. Kathleen says:

    Joanne this looks amazing! Wish I had a piece right now!!! Pinning immediately 😉

  43. Kelly says:

    Wow! Now this is my kind of pizza! Love that you sauteed the spinach and artichoke together first with white wine! That sounds amazing!

  44. This pizza sounds like something I would enjoy without the night out first 🙂

  45. That’s wild! This pizza looks totally crazy good and I’m dying at the white wine and spinach 🙂

  46. Agness says:

    You know what I love, huh? This pizza sounds and looks so delicious! 🙂 I’ll make one one day… :*

  47. Christine says:

    Vodka soda haze…ha! Haven’t been there for ages happily. Adding this to my “must make” before the hideous summer heat descends. So incredibly good looking.

  48. Haha, I love meals inspired by partying days. I can imagine things can get coming of drinking age in NY! I really need to work on my pizza making skills. I don’t have a standing mixer, so I have to do everything by hand. My pizza always turns out a bit more bready than I want! Guess I’ll just have to practice more! I’m in heaven with this spinach and artichoke delight!

  49. YES YES AND YES! If this is like the Artichoke Pizza version in the village I am soooo diving into this bad boy!!

  50. Great idea Joanne! Love the fact you you made a dip recipe into a pizza one! I think I will make this on FRiday for pizza night!

  51. Yum! I’d eat a slice (or three) of this any time of day or night. But I’m sorry, I don’t think I can stay away from vodka sodas… 😉

  52. Asha says:

    Joanne, you definitely blow my mind off with your creativity. That’s one heck of a yumm pizza. The late night food binges are distant memories….now it’s all about the pajamas and watching PLL,teen shows with the boys(no complains though;))…This would be a great hit with everyone at home.

  53. I need you to come over and make that pizza for me right now. I’ll make dessert, and we can watch anything you want on Netflix. YUM!

  54. Love the spinach and artichoke combo and this pizza looks great!

  55. grace says:

    for me, pizza is about the toppings more than the crust, and i love what you’ve done here! plus, it’s properly cheesy. 🙂

  56. Betty says:

    Now this is worth remembering! Looks like great party food to me. 🙂

  57. Katie says:

    i do love your writing as much as your recipes Joanne! x

  58. tigerfish says:

    I love frozen artichoke hearts for this reason. The pizza reason. 🙂 ..

  59. […] Parce qu’on a jamais assez de pizza dans sa vie. […]

  60. Johanna GGG says:

    I think I am happy to have missed out on the pizza joint you describe (as it was too far away when I was young and foolish enough to need it) and unhappy not to taste your version of the pizza that looks amazing.

  61. Foodiewife says:

    So, my man is fasting until Easter Sunday. I’m not, because I’m a weakling. I’m on my own, and this pizza is right up my alley. You had me at spinach and artichoke (both of which are on hand) and reeled me in with white wine. You just saved me!

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