Asparagus and Pancetta Pesto Pizza is fancy for your face. Check out that edamame!

Asparagus and Pancetta Pesto Pizza

This pizza. What is going on here? Other than a pound of shaved asparagus, adorable shelled edamame, and porky pancetta? Pesto sauce. Your mind wants to melt. Let it. Have you ever had asparagus on a pizza? Or edamame? What about pancetta? What is pancetta anyway? I can answer that, it’s fancy bacon. Kind of like prosciutto. Kind of like bacon. It’s bacon.

For the last two weeks, I’ve had an influx of pesto sauce in my house and needed a gateway for getting it into my mouth (#firstworldproblems). Being as it is spring, I was in the mood for a spring-inspired pizza. So I whipped out the ol’  Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix and shaved up some asparagi. It all comes together like a little prayer. You have the fresh parmesan-y pesto with the asparagus ribbons, snappy little edamamers and the salty, oh-so-fatty pancetta. It’s like a bloomin’ circus in your mouth.

Remember when I made that Spring Salad with Shaved Asparagus and Lemon-Parsley Dressing? Similar idea. Asparagus is so fun when it’s all ribbon-ed up.

Asparagus and Pancetta Pesto Pizza

I’m guest posting over at Girl Versus Dough today! Stephanie is welcoming her first child into the world and will be taking a short blogging hiatus to snuggle with her new munchkin. Head on over there to get my Asparagus and Pancetta Pesto Pizza Recipe!

P.S. If you love a good pesto sauce, check out my 4 Ways to Make Pesto without Basil post over at Oh My Veggies!

Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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  1. This pizza is a big draw for me as I just discovered edamame. So I discovered edamame for the first time in a Wendy’s salad. That’s okay, because I’m not a food blogger!!

    And you used asparagus? I always buy asparagus and if I don’t roast it, it turns into liquid form in my rotter (aka the fridge!). Always need ideas to incorporate asparagus in my diet!

    Not so with bacon, or fancy bacon, pancetta as you called it. Nothing says Mother’s Day like the smell of bacon wafting down the stairs being cooked by my husband!

    1. Wahoo! I’m so glad you like the recipe! Edamame is lots of fun…I love both the texture and the flavor, so I’ve been using it in more of my salads and stir frys to add some spunk. I have a tendency to leave asparagus in my rotter for too long too, so this pizza’s the perfect solution since it uses so.dang.much.asparagus!! Hope you enjoy the pizza! Go get that bacon! 😀

  2. Beautiful! I’m lucky to have an asparagus farm just down the road from here. I’ll be heading there on my lunch break. Gluten-free asparagus pizza for dinner!

    1. Lucky you, indeed!! There are no farms in my village (not even close, actually 🙁 ), so sometimes the asparagus at our local store isn’t the best. But when it’s looking fresh and snappy, I jump all over it! Hope you enjoy!

    1. I couldn’t agree more! I seriously can eat it by the spoonful, and recently my favorite placement for it (other than pizza) is scrambled eggs. May sound strange, but it’s SO good!

  3. A green pizza!!!?? Yes, PLEASE! I love all those toppings and especially that browned cheese… Oh no, I’m getting hungry now! *-*

    1. Confession: the crispy cheese is my FAVORITE part about pizza. There’s just nothing like it on this planet. Browned cheese lovers, unite!

  4. Holy green goodness! Edamame on pizza? You are brilliant (also, yay for Steph!)

    1. Awww, thanks Erin! I honestly have no clue what compelled me to put edamame on pizza. Okay, I do: it’s because I love edamame. 😉 Have a fun weekend, missy!

  5. Holy wow! I saw this over at Girl Versus Dough and about died! I never knew pizza could be so green and yet so delicious looking! I can’t wait to see what else you have cooking up over here!

    1. Thanks for hopping over, Lindsey!! I’m glad you love the pizza and let me know if you try it. I love the green color, too. There’s just nothing like a spring-y green pizza 😀

  6. How nice of you to help Stephanie. I read your ‘about me’ section and yes I think I will follow your site and see what you are up to. Lots of bakers out there. I am developing a love for artisan pizzas. They offer such an easy way to try out quickly flavor combo’s and to serendipitously use what’s lurking without a potential home in your fridge our cupboard.
    This is an excellent example. Just glanced over to the side and noticed a post for thai salad and curry coconut dressing. Gotta go and check that out.

    1. Thanks so much, Carol! That Stephanie certainly is a sweet girl 🙂 I’m glad you like a funky fresh pizza, too! I could easily down a standard pepperoni pizza, but sometimes putting more effort into it (i.e. shaving asparagus…) makes me enjoy the pie that much more. Thanks so much for your kind words, and enjoy your weekend.

  7. Putting edamame on pizza is a game changer -and I don’t use that phrase lightly! Also, asparagus on a pizza? My mind is officially blown. You go girl!

    PS. Definitely going to check out your pesto recipes. I love a good pesto!

    1. Yaaay! Let me know if you try any of the pestos! I seriously couldn’t choose a favorite if my life depended on it. Thanks for your kind compliments!

  8. This is definitely my kind of pizza.. I’m in for anything loaded up with pesto, veggies and cured meat of any kind. Look awesome.

  9. So much green on this pizza!!! I love it. And I’m sure putting pancetta on the.boy’s half would convince him to love it as well. Win/win.

  10. Let it [melt]. I did.
    This looks glorious. because: pancetta!
    Plus all those veggies means you can eat a whole one, no?

    1. Absolutely! You need to get all them vitamins in your system, and in order to do so, you need to eat all the veggies…with the pizza on the bottom…of course!