Welp. It’s been a month since we last talked pizza. It’s time.

If you’re wondering about my pizza game plan, like you’re curious if I just open up my fridge, pull out a bunch of random (read: ready to expire) ingredients and throw them on top of silky dough, you’d be correct.

How do you know me so well?

Also, yesterday I got through the day with the Backstreet Boys pandora station. Since you know me so well, you’re probably not surprised. I had to tell you though. What IS surprising however is that my husband walked through the door, looked at me and started belting out the lyrics to Britney’s Toxic… practically in tune with what was coming out of the speakers. Well, sorta. He usually cringes when he walks through the door and finally hears whatever “abysmal lines that I like to call my favorite music” are blasting that day.

Toxic will never go out of style. Am I right or am I right?

Since I’m baring my soul, additionally I feel the need to admit that the prosciutto on this pizza was highly influenced by the crispy ham croque madames. (I can rhyme.) May have a current love affair with that. It’s like thinner slices of bacon that get so, so crunchy. It’s total comfort food. You can easily leave it off if you’re vegetarian too. I know how you roll.

What I think I love most about this pizza, however – besides the balsamic glaze – is that the asparagus spears get a bit crispy too. You know I like to roast the heck out of my vegetables, like roast until they are near death, and if you put super skinny spears on your pizza, they will roast perfectly. And if all this jazz isn’t your thing, I made asparagus pizzas last year with bacon and eggs that were, um… pretty darn good. I might make one tonight. Darn, it feels like I just made those yesterday. SLOW DOWN TIME.


Springtime Mushroom, Asparagus + Prosciutto Pizza with Balsamic Glaze

Yield: makes 1 pizza, serves about 4

Total Time: 45 minutes


1 batch of your favorite pizza dough
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces fontina cheese, freshly grated
1 shallot, diced
1 pint of sliced baby bella mushrooms
8 asparagus spears, ends removed and chopped into thirds
4 ounces prosciutto, torn
1/2 cup fresh peas
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1/4 cup finely grated romano cheese
balsamic glaze for drizzling


Prepare dough 1-2 hours ahead of time. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place dough on a baking sheet (or pizza peel for a pizza stone) and form into the shape you desire. Brush with olive oil then cover in minced garlic. Top with half of the fontina cheese (I like to place some down first to act as "glue"), then evenly place shallots, mushrooms, asparagus, prosciutto and peas on the pizza. Top with the fresh mozzarella and remaining fontina.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is golden and bubbly. Remove and cover with romano cheese, then take a spoon and drizzle balsamic glaze on top.

[P.S. You know, I post so much freaking pizza that I’m not sure if you want me to include the full dough recipe each time? Or simply link it. I feel boring and repetitive. What’s easier for you? What do you prefer? I mean, besides me shutting up.]

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74 Responses to “Springtime Portobello, Asparagus + Prosciutto Pizza with Balsamic Glaze.”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 1, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Wow, it has been a while since you posted a pizza recipe and I am loving it! Girl you are so creative with your toppings and so inspirational! Now I know I am making pizza for dinner tonight! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 1, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    I love the balsamic glaze. The zigzag is mesmerizing. I need this, like, now would be great!


  3. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — May 1, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    Gorgeous photos, as always. Balsamic glaze makes anything about 1000x better!
    PS – The BSB just got a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. It’s about darn time if you ask me.


  4. #
    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner — May 1, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    I have the world’s best balsamic, and I’ve been putting it on just about everything (including ice cream). This looks like another good use for it. How can you go wrong with pizza?


  5. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — May 1, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    Looks delicious!!! The cherry on top is the balsamic glaze! Amazing!


  6. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — May 1, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    This is such a fresh take on veggie pizza. I often avoid them because they lack body but with the balsamic, I am willing to give them another go.


  7. #
    ashley - baker by nature — May 1, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Lord have mercy!


  8. #
    Amanda @ Food, Fitness, Faith — May 1, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    I first thought the mushrooms were purple potatoes (idk why…) and now I think adding those into the mix would be wonderful too! This looks delish.

    Oh, and! Link to the pizza dough recipe is just fine, no need to write it out all the time :)


  9. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 1, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Sign me up for anything with balsamic glaze! In fact, I could probably eat a pizza with balsamic glaze instead of pizza sauce. Totally. Addicted. Oh and feel no shame about the BSB and Britney stuff – I have several throwback playlists in my iTunes which get played regularly (and in honour of Throwback Thursday tomorrow, I might just load up a new one!) Have a great day Jess!


  10. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — May 1, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    Pizza , glorious pizza. I cannot get enough of pizza! This looks yummy, is it to early to eat pizza


  11. #
    Tieghan — May 1, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Balsamic glaze! Roasted asparagus! Cheese! Yes please!


  12. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — May 1, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    Did you hear Italy is running out of pizza makers? You might want to go lend your services… :)


  13. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 1, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    Let’s take a step back for a minute… he was singing to Britney Spears?! lol Also… this pizza is pure genius.


  14. #
    Amy — May 1, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    This is totally my go to flavour combination – I am obsessed with asparagus. Also, balsamic and glaze are two words that should always be paired together – I am totes bookmarking this bad boy for the weekend :) xx


  15. #
    SaltySweetSour — May 1, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    I have three guilty pleasure stations that I listen to on Pandora – Backstreet Boys being one of them. (Hall & Oates and Whitney Houston are the other two). But is it still a guilty pleasure if I’m not embarrassed about it?


  16. #
    Chelsey @ Pure Draft — May 1, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Girl you are too funny. FANTASTIC pizza! Just had it last night and it was to die for. Keep up the good work (and bsb/bs singing)!


  17. #
    Kylie @ immaeatthat — May 1, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    I LOVE balsamic glaze. Lately I’ve been covering salads with it….but covering pizza with it sounds like a much better idea:))


  18. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — May 1, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    I say post your recipe every time, but that’s just me. Makes one less piece of paper to print…but that’s just me.

    Also..this looks glorious, that is all.


  19. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — May 1, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    So I think the thing I’m most excited about is this glaze. I think I could put balsamic glaze in a glass with a straw. Is that weird?


  20. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — May 1, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    I didn’t ever think I would say this, but I think I may like prosciutto MORE than bacon. Eeeek! Is that sacrilege?


  21. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — May 1, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    You could put that balsamic glaze on a shoe and it’d be good… but I’d prefer it on this pizza… so scrumdiddlyuptious my friend!


  22. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 1, 2013 @ 10:11 am


    Ugh, this pizza killeth meeeeh.


  23. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — May 1, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    I’m not a big asparagus fan but I can definitely get on board with this balsamic glaze.


  24. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 1, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Some of the best pizza recipes are when random things are piled on top! This pizza looks great and it was WAY TOO LONG since your last pizza recipe.


  25. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — May 1, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    That balsamic glaze looks amaze I want to drizzle it over all my food today!!


  26. #
    FashionEdible — May 1, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    Balsamic glaze on anything is delicious! Especially on pizza. I once made an eggplant and roasted red pepper with balsamic glaze pizza and it was heavenly. Love your asparagus/mushroom twist on it!


  27. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — May 1, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    I’m sold on almost anything that’s got balsamic glaze…I’m surprised I don’t drink the stuff. Portobella mushrooms and asparagus are two big favorites of mine also, so this pizza is right up my alley!


  28. #
    Stacy'smom3 — May 1, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    I totally love your Thai Chicken pizza recipe and then tried the Greek Pizza which was amazing but takes forever to make, but totally worth it!! Now I have to try this one – YUM!!


  29. #
    Sarah — May 1, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    Prosciutto + PIzza? Count me in. Plus I’m still trying to use up a bottle of balsamic glaze I bought at Trader Joes. Looks like I’ll be making this soon!


  30. #
    Ann — May 1, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    I know what we’re having for our next pizza night! Our weekly pizza nights have yielded some pretty good results, one of my recent favorites was bacon, jalapeno and pineapple. Can’t wait to try this!


  31. #
    Lauren — May 1, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    The link is just fine :) love the pizza recipes.. keep em comin!


  32. #
    Rayna — May 1, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    I love pizza recipes! It feels like such a fancy dinner when it’s so simple to throw together. With balsamic this sounds delightful!


  33. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 1, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    Fab spring recipe with great flavors and seasonal produce! Love it!


  34. #
    Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel — May 1, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. You make the best pizzas, but this one looks especially amazing. Looooving the balsamic glaze!


  35. #
    ATasteOfMadness — May 1, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    This pizza is making me drool! I love asparagus, and I love pizza. This is the recipe for me, thanks!


  36. #
    honeywhatscooking — May 1, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    delicious.. i love mushrooms and asparagus.


  37. #
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — May 1, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    This pizza sounds amazing and looks so pretty too!


  38. #
    Savannah — May 1, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    Just the link is great :) No need to overwork your fingers with all that typing every time! They’ve already worked overtime in making this delicious pizza!! And by the way, I just made your funfetti cupcakes… Ah-mazing. Tell those fingers to keep up the good work.


  39. #
    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen — May 1, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    I’m drooling. I love the glaze of balsamic and I love the way the cheese looks!


  40. #
    Tracy — May 1, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    I make a loaded focaccia with caramelized red onions, piquillo peppers, kalamata olives and goat cheese. I’ve always just drizzled it with pesto, but your balsamic glaze is sheer genious! Will definitely make that soon…thanks!!


  41. #
    Lauren — May 1, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    THIS LOOKS AMAZING! I seriously cannot wait to make this. My boyfriend and I make a caramelized onion pizza with a balsamic glaze, so this is right up our alley!!


  42. #
    jackie — May 1, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    I’m not even hungry right now and I just want to gorge on that pizza!!



  43. #
    Alicia @Bakeaholic — May 1, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    I love a good pizza – I’ve been thinking about buying a pizza stone! Does it make much of a difference? do you use one?

    ps. linking the recipe is good!


  44. #
    Kelly — May 2, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    made this last night (veg style) and it was soooo good!! Thanks!


  45. #
    Paz — May 2, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    This looks amazing and I love asparagus, I can’t wait to try it.


  46. #
    Suzanne @RollWithIt — May 2, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    That balsamic glaze looks amazing…currently drooling at those pics!

    Have a listen to Yael Naim’s rendition of Brittany’s ‘Toxic’ – very cool take on it!


  47. #
    Jenna @ www.sensationallyseasonal.com — May 2, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    I Want My Pizza That Way! Ok lame Backstreet Boy reference, but only because I rock out to that on my Pandora too :-) Seriously though, this pizza looks amazing!


  48. #
    Mushrooms Canada — May 2, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    Oh, this looks like a weekend recipe for me! Beautiful photos too…



  49. #
    Larry — May 2, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    I would actually prefer… if you flew out to California and made this pizza for me, tonight. I’ll give you wine! and sprinkles.


  50. #
    Heather Christo — May 2, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    Its so so beautiful. That glaze just clutches at my heart strings. I made a similar pizza last night- but never would have thought of that!



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