I don't know if I've just gone full adult, but I got real excited last week because I found asparagus on sale. So you have that to look forward to, tweens — grow up and live on the edge with gambling for produce prices!
But seriously, y'all. Italians love to eat in season, and when stuff is in season, it's cheap. I do love me some asparagus, but I rarely buy it because I can't just throw a bunch of cash at a vegetable that's $9/lb that may or may not grow moldy in my refrigerator. Because let's be honest, that's what happens to half of my produce anyway (#frozenfoodlife y'all).
So, I scored a ton of cheap AF asparagus last week and rejoiced in both my money-saving stylings and the fact that I'd eat healthy for a night. Except then I got the bright idea to throw this super healthy vegetable on a plate of bread and smother it in cheese. Is it amazing? You bet your ass. I'll let my pee smell for a night (+ my breath — thanks, onions) if I get to eat this deliciousness. Have at it.
- 3 T butter
- 3 T flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 T olive oil
- 6 oz fresh mozzarella
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 2 stalks asparagus
- Pizza crust recipe — storebought is fine, or use your own favorite recipe!
- In a saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Slice your onion thinly and add to the saucepan, stirring to cover in butter. Reduce heat to medium-low and let caramelize for 25-30 minutes. Anyone who tells you onions take less time to caramelize is a liar. Set onions aside (you can make these ahead if you wish).
- Now for the white pizza sauce. Using the same saucepan (or another, if you are rich in saucepans and want to save time), melt the rest of the butter and add the flour, stirring to incorporate. Add milk and use a utensil to reduce the clumps (I like a wooden spoon or spatula). Heat to boiling, then reduce heat and add salt, pepper, garlic and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. The sauce should thicken upon standing.
- Preheat oven to 400F (or according to your pizza crust recommendations). Roll out your pizza dough (don't forget to roll the crust up) on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil and brush over the bottom of the pizza, sprinkling with salt and pepper if you wish. Spread the whitesauce along the bottom of the pizza, topping with the remainder of the parmesan cheese and dollop with mozzarella. Sprinkle your caramlized onions on top.
- To shave your asparagus, simply grab a peeler and shave the asparagus length-wise. I stopped once it became difficult to shave. Take your shavings and decorate your pizza, however way you wish.
- Place your pizza in the oven. Pay attention to the directions on whatever crust you're using, but I cooked mine for 20-25 minutes at 400 and it was perfectly crispy. Slice up and enjoy!
Photos and text © Katie Currid, 2016. All rights reserved. White pizza sauce recipe adapted from food.com.