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