Pizza night is the best. We all know it.

Asparagus White Pizza

And I like pretty much any kind of pizza. My absolute favorite being Neapolitan style (which we make this way), but when it comes to other styles of pizza I am game for anything.

Asparagus White Pizza

At home, when we’re not making our favorite Neapolitan style pie, we like to have fun with flavours. We’ve made spinach and artichoke pizza, taco pizza, portobello pesto pizza, garlic bread “pepperoni” pizza, and flatbread style pizza! All are fabulous and all have me running back for a second slice.

This pizza is a twist on a delicious white pizza I had while I was in Rome last fall. It’s simple, really. I covered the crust in a garlicky ricotta and topped it with mozzarella, grated Parmesan and some fresh spears of asparagus. The result made me feel like I was right back in Italy with cold glass of white wine and not a care in the world….a solid feeling any day of the week!

Asparagus White Pizza

Enjoy!

Asparagus White Pizza

Prep Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 pizza

Ingredients

    Pizza dough:
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp liquid honey
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Pizza toppings:
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl), combine water, yeast and honey. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 1 cup of four, salt and olive oil and mix with the dough hook (or stir with a spoon) until the dough comes together into a ball. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour, if needed, and work it in. If using your hands, turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and work it until it forms a ball. Rub the same bowl with olive oil, then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450°F with a rack in the upper third. Place a pizza stone in the oven to preheat.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta and minced garlic. Set aside.
  4. When the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll it out as thin as possible with a rolling pin. Transfer the dough to the hot pizza stone. Spread the ricotta mixture over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges for the crust. Top with the shredded mozzarella and parmesan, and then lay the asparagus spears over the cheese.
  5. Bake the pizza until the crust is deeply brown, the asparagus is tender, and the cheese is browned and bubbly, about 15 minutes.
  6. Let the pizza cool slightly before slicing. Serve hot.

Notes

Recipe adapted from The Kitchn

This recipe makes enough pizza dough for one pizza. If you'd prefer a thicker crust, don't roll the dough out as much and adjust the baking time.

This pizza freezes well after baking and can be stored (air-tight) for up to 3 months in the freezer.

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15 Responses to Asparagus White Pizza

  1. Great pizza! Every night should be pizza night 🙂

  2. Ahh is there ever a time when pizza isn’t appropriate??? I don’t think so! Adore this!

  3. Hooray for pizza night, indeed its the best night of the week, especially if you schedule it on a Friday 🙂 I use the same recipe for the dough and it always turns out amazing, I love the asparagus, its perfect now, and with all the cheese its the best way to eat it.

  4. I love pizza! I mean who doesn’t? This looks so unique, like, seriously I’ve never seen a pizza with asparagus. I’m definitely going to make this friday for a pizza party.

  5. Gorgeous pizza! We love it!

  6. Joanne says:

    Pizza night is my favorite night of the week!!! White pizzas are always a love of mine..even better when they’re also covered in veggies.

  7. Sarah says:

    This looks good! All that asparagus- good excuse for me to make some pizza.

  8. White Pizza is my FAVORITE, but add asparagus to that? Oh my gawd – HEAVEN! This pizza looks absolutely PERFECT! And very dangerous, I could eat the entire pie in the blink of a dang eye. Worth EVERY calorie, I am sure! I just had breakfast, but now I am CRAVING this deliciousness! YUM! Cheers, girl!

  9. Gina says:

    That pizza looks absolutely heavenly! I’ve recently come to discover my love of asparagus. This recipe is definitely going to be saved to try later. Nicely done!

  10. White pizza is the BEST pizza! I’m loving the asparagus on there! Pinned 🙂

  11. Ashley says:

    Pizza night is the best! I LOVE white pizza … and with that asparagus!? So pretty!

  12. Passade says:

    This was a nice way to use asparagus, but it was very rich! Also, I used one clove of garlic, instead of the two recommended, but the finished pizza had a sharp garlic bite. Roasted garlic might be a better way to go for a mellower garlic effect. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. 🙂

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