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Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onions & Bacon Pizza

As far as we’re concerned in this house, pizza is a food group. I’ve shared the stories about how Mark and I got engaged over pizza, and we have a million stories of pizza bonding our little family together. And there is something completely awesome about making pizza at home – trying new flavor combinations, teaching the kids about the chemistry of bread dough, and sharing a slice as we talk about our day’s events. We love it.

So today, I wanted to share this totally delicious recipe for Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onions and Bacon Pizza! Amazing, right??

Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!

Ingredients

16″ thin pizza crust
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small bunch of fresh asparagus
1 large white onion
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
Fresh Italian parsley for garnish

Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!

Instructions

This recipe starts with a cooked, 16″ thin pizza crust. You can purchase one from the store or make your own.

Preheat the oven to 450 F.

Place a pan on the stove over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Slice the onions into strips, add them to the pan, and sprinkle them with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!

Cook for one minute, turn the heat down to medium-low, and continue cooking for 10 – 15 minutes or until the onions are browned and caramelized. Stir frequently, and adjust the heat if they appear to be cooking too high.

While the onions cook, you can prepare the asparagus.

Wash and dry the asparagus, trim off the tough ends, and cut them into bite-size pieces.

Place them on a large baking sheet, and drizzle with one tablespoon of olive oil and the remaining 1/4 each of salt and pepper. Stir well to evenly distribute the oil and seasonings.

Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!

Place the pan in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

To assemble the pizza, brush the crust with the last two tablespoons of olive oil.

Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!

Sprinkle on one and a half cups of mozzarella cheese followed by a half cup of Parmesan cheese.

Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!

Add the onions to the pizza followed by the asparagus and then the bacon.

Sprinkle the remaining half cup of mozzarella cheese on top, and place the pizza in the oven.

Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!

Bake for 5 – 6 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the crust are lightly browned.

Before serving, sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and some chopped Italian parsley!

Enjoy!

Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!
Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!

Notes:

Asparagus, caramelized onions, and bacon come together for a light, savory pizza that’s perfect for spring!

We roasted the asparagus first because the pizza doesn’t bake long enough to tenderize them. It also brings out their flavor and makes them even more delicious! The same can be said for the onions. While you could just add them raw, caramelizing makes them slightly sweet, tender, and almost buttery. And bacon just makes everything better 🙂

You’ll notice there is no sauce on this pizza, and it doesn’t need it. A lot of authentic Italian pizzas just have a light drizzling of olive oil instead of a sauce. The idea is to keep it simple and let the flavors of the ingredients shine, and that’s what this pizza does. I can’t think of a sauce that would enhance the flavors at all. That being said, that’s why we recommend using a thin crust. A thicker crust is more bready and would need some kind of sauce.

Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!
Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!
Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza! The most perfect family meal you can make at home!

Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onions & Bacon Pizza

Yield: 8 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A totally delicious recipe for Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onions and Bacon Pizza!

Ingredients

  • 16 inch thin pizza crust
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small bunch of fresh asparagus
  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • Fresh Italian parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. This recipe starts with a cooked, 16" thin pizza crust. You can purchase one from the store or make your own.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  3. Place a pan on the stove over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  4. Slice the onions into strips, add them to the pan, and sprinkle them with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
  5. Cook for one minute, turn the heat down to medium-low, and continue cooking for 10 - 15 minutes or until the onions are browned and caramelized. Stir frequently, and adjust the heat if they appear to be cooking too high.
  6. While the onions cook, you can prepare the asparagus.
  7. Wash and dry the asparagus, trim off the tough ends, and cut them into bite-size pieces.
  8. Place them on a large baking sheet, and drizzle with one tablespoon of olive oil and the remaining 1/4 each of salt and pepper. Stir well to evenly distribute the oil and seasonings.
  9. Place the pan in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  10. To assemble the pizza, brush the crust with the last two tablespoons of olive oil.
  11. Sprinkle on one and a half cups of mozzarella cheese followed by a half cup of Parmesan cheese.
  12. Add the onions to the pizza followed by the asparagus and then the bacon.
  13. Sprinkle the remaining half cup of mozzarella cheese on top, and place the pizza in the oven.
  14. Bake for 5 - 6 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the crust are lightly browned.
  15. Before serving, sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and some chopped Italian parsley!

Notes

We roasted the asparagus first because the pizza doesn't bake long enough to tenderize them. It also brings out their flavor and makes them even more delicious! The same can be said for the onions. While you could just add them raw, caramelizing makes them slightly sweet, tender, and almost buttery. And bacon just makes everything better 🙂

You'll notice there is no sauce on this pizza, and it doesn't need it. A lot of authentic Italian pizzas just have a light drizzling of olive oil instead of a sauce. The idea is to keep it simple and let the flavors of the ingredients shine, and that's what this pizza does. I can't think of a sauce that would enhance the flavors at all. That being said, that's why we recommend using a thin crust. A thicker crust is more bready and would need some kind of sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 747mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g

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Buffy

Thursday 5th of May 2016

How much bacon? Was it pre cooked bacon? I don't see any mention of it, other than add it to the pizza...

Jess

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Hats off to another amazingly mouth-watering creation! And you know I simply must to pin this :) have a great day xo

Amanda @ The Kolb Corner

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Oh my gosh this sounds SO good. I may just have to make it for dinner--tonight! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

Julia Baurain

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

On my, this looks good! I'm going to share it with my mother-in-law too, who can't eat tomato sauce!

Julie Briggs

Sunday 10th of April 2016

This sounds DELICIOUS, pinning to try later. Thanks for sharing!

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