Spring Asparagus and Ricotta Naan Flatbread

by simplylife on April 13, 2012

It’s Friday.  You’ve worked a full week.  You’re ready to come home, put your feet-up and relax.

The last thing you want to think about is putting together ingredients for dinner.

But yet, you still want something delicious to eat that’s full of flavor and is different from your regular weeknight routine.

I get it.

Or maybe you’re getting excited for your friends to come over tomorrow and are trying to figure out what to eat as an appetizer.  You want something light that won’t spoil your appetite for dinner but will keep your stomach from growling as you sip on your drinks and wait for all the guests to arrive.

Of course, you also want something can be made in under 20 minutes and is unique, but not too strange that they won’t recognize the ingredients.

I (sort of) get that too.

Whether you’re searching a a light meal, a fun appetizer to serve to guests or just another way to use asparagus while it’s in season, this needs to be in your next meal plan!  It’s incredibly easy to put together, goes perfectly with a glass of wine and brings out the best of this season’s flavors.

Asparagus and Ricotta Naan

by Simply Life

Inspired by Martha Stewart

Keywords: bake saute appetizer entree pizza/flatbread side vegetarian cheese asparagus spring

I served this with whole wheat naan from Trader Joe’s; I found the thickness and texture of the naan to be the perfect base, but it would also go well with pizza dough and/or a french baguette. 


  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 3 pieces whole wheat naan (or pizza dough or french baguette)
  • Garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 350. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and partially cover. Cook about 10 minutes, until asparagus is tender. Season with lemon juice, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Set aside.

Place naan on baking sheet. Sprinkle each piece with garlic powder. Top evenly with ricotta and parmesan cheese, then top with asparagus.

Bake for about 7-8 minutes (or more if using pizza dough/bread), until heated through and golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

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  • http://theathletesplate.com Matt

    Yum! I love the Whole Foods brand whole wheat naan.

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Ooooh, unique idea! I adore both asparagus and ricotta, so this is perfect! Love it.

  • http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne

    I feel like ricotta is always appropriate for a friday night meal. It brings the fun and the flavor. Love these naan pizzas!

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    These look great! I’m constantly finding new ways to prepare staple foods (like asparagus). Thanks for the idea!

  • http://hotlyspiced.com/ Hotly Spiced

    That is a great Friday night dinner. I love that bread and with fresh spring asparagus on it, it would be amazing. Love those flavours! xx

  • http://indulgeinspireimbibe.blogspot.com/ Daisy

    these naan flatbreads are so perfect looking!

  • http://www.myplaceintherace.com/ Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    Looks amazing!!!!!!!! 😛

  • http://jojoshouse.com/ JoJo

    Wow, I thought the naan post was wonderful, this is even better!!
    I’ve never thought of trying naan like this, this is a great idea!

  • Anonymous

    This is like the ultimate Friday night recipe! I’m totally making it. Plus, I have leftover ricotta.

  • Jennifer Kendall

    these are beautiful! such an awesome idea!

  • http://www.lauraliveslife.com/ Laura @ LauraLivesLife

    Love this – I can always eat more asparagus! It’s been added to my grocery list!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    This is really stunning! A perfect app for guests!

  • Belinda

    Beautiful! What a way to kick back and relax after a long week!

  • http://luxuryhaven.blogspot.com/ Blackswan

    It’s so interesting to pair asparagus with naan. Such healthy dish!

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    What a lovely idea for asparagus! These look beautiful.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Pretty photos, and interesting combination. Asparagus goes well with everything … except red wine.

  • Mom

    I love the ideas that you inspire us with! I don’t know what’s up with this, but I don’t like asparagus. Maybe I’ve never had it prepared right; who knows. Looking at this though makes me want to give it another try!!! GREAT IDEA!!!

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    These look so beautiful. I tend to crave pizza over the weekend, and these could pass as pizza for me!

  • http://swankydietitian.com/ Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    What a fun and simple idea!
    I love this! And what a presentation this would make. 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/caitlinchock Caitlin Chock

    yummy!!! i’m a huge fan of asparagus! 🙂 my top pick for bread, wow, i’m a carbo-holic so that’s tough, but lately i’m all about some cinn. raisin bread. 🙂

  • Jay

    lovely & delicious…want to taste it right now..;P
    Tasty Appetite

  • http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com/ Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Looks & sounds awesome! I’m always making the same appetizers. I’ll add this to “my list!” 🙂

  • Words Of Deliciousness

    Simple and delicious, sounds great!

  • http://merigoesround.com/ meri

    Mmm I’ve been eating up loads of asparagus lately- its so good right now!

  • http://twitter.com/FoodieAsmita Asmita

    This looks so yum!

  • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/ Megan

    This sounds absolutely wonderful. I’ve made something similar with puff pastry. I love the idea of using naan.

  • http://www.plantchaser.com/ Bom

    Yum! This will definitely be tried at home.

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    Yum!! I cannot wait for asparagus to come into season here. This looks so good.

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