Tomato, Asparagus, Mozzarella Pizza

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

As I mentioned earlier this week, we're heading to Chicago this weekend and I wasn't lying when I said that I had pizza on my mind. It seems like I've had pizza every day this week...the big question is -- will I even want pizza when I get to Chicago? Like that's even a question...of course I will! In my opinion, nothing beats Chicago deep-dish pizza. It is the definition of delicious.

With my simple-to-prepare pizza dough all ready to roll out, I perused our refrigerator looking for fresh ingredients to use for toppings. I realized that I had a ton of leftover asparagus on hand so instead of making one of my favorite pizzas (Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella), I decided to substitute basil with asparagus tips.

To spruce it up a bit and to add a little more flavor, I threw on some baby bellas and sliced red onion. The melted Mozzarella cheese and the mixture of fresh veggies was such a delicious combination. I fell in love at first bite. It also reminded me of the warm weather that is on its way!

Tomato, Asparagus, Mozzarella Pizza

Ingredients:
  • 1 fresh pizza dough (this recipe makes two pizza crusts)
  • Kosher Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 plum tomato, cut into slices
  • Asparagus tips (from 5-7 stalks)
  • 1/2 whole red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
  • Baby Portabella mushrooms, sliced (handful) 
  • 3 slices fresh Mozzarella cheese, broken into large chunks
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  • Roll/stretch out one pizza crust and place on a greased baking sheet or greased pizza pan; sprinkle crust with salt, pepper and rosemary.
  • Top crust in the following order: tomato slices, asparagus tips, red onion slices and baby bellas. Place Mozzarella chunks over the toppings.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly.
  • Repeat with second crust (if you decide to make two pizzas)

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8 comments

  1. I have had pizza on my mind all week too, since my pizza fondue Monday. Last night was taco pizza, tonight will be THIS pizza. Can't wait!

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  2. Love the addition of asparagus! Yum!!

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  3. I just tried asparagus on a pizza a month or so ago and it was so good!

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  4. Looks beautiful, I LOVE pizza and all those ingredients!

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  5. This pizza has all of my favorites. I love the asparagus addition!

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  6. Looks really great. I'm loving asparagus these days!

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  7. Wow, this looks incredible! Love the toppings - and your photo is making me drool!

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  8. This is a wonderful way to use spring and summer ingredients. I like the addition of the portabello mushrooms.

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