Asparagus Pizza with White Garlic Sauce

May 28, 2009

Beautiful green stalks of tender asparagus have been plentiful around here. When it comes to my list of favorite vegetables unfortunately asparagus resides at the bottom of the list. I don’t exactly dislike it. Well, okay, maybe at one time I disliked it, but now it just isn’t my veggie of choice.

When it comes to nutrition there is really no reason why this spring vegetable shouldn’t be enjoyed. That is the case with most vegetables though, right? Our bodies need that produce and asparagus is full of vitamin K, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C.

This is the first year that I’ve had the chance to really experiment with it, though, and I’m finding that I enjoy it a bit more with each dish. For example, my brother threw some on the grill the other day and it was fabulous. I didn’t put a thing on it; straight off the grill and into my mouth. Excellent.

Tonight I decided I would try topping a pizza with some asparagus my dad had brought in from the garden yesterday. I combined roasted garlic with a basic white sauce. Then spread this over a wheat pizza crust and topped it with steamed asparagus and mozzarella cheese.

My original plan was to add caramelized onions, but I opened the fridge to find that we were all out. So I decided to use another garden treat and chopped up some scallions. I sprinkled these on the pizza as soon as it came out of the oven.

I find white sauce pizzas to be a pleasant change from the standard and this was no exception. Turns out asparagus is quite a tasty pizza topping.

Spring Asparagus & Scallion Pizza with White Garlic Sauce

1 head of garlic
Olive oil
1 wheat pizza crust
1 cup asparagus, chopped into medium sized pieces
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp flour
1 cup milk (chicken stock would work too)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
½ cup scallions, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Slice off the top 1/3 of the head of garlic. Place on a piece of aluminum foil and coat with olive oil. Wrap in foil and roast for 45 to 60 min. Work on the rest of the pizza as it bakes and set aside when finished.

Steam the asparagus just until tender and bright green. Set aside.

Melt butter in a small sauce pan and sprinkle in flour. Use a whisk to stir constantly creating a roux. Slowly pour in milk as you whisk and allow mixture to cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Once it reaches your desired consistency (preferably a thick sauce) squeeze the head of garlic into the sauce. Whisk to break up garlic and then add salt and pepper to taste.

Spread sauce on crust and sprinkle with half of the cheese. Top with the asparagus and the remaining cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly. When I make my crust I partially bake it before adding the toppings so it takes about 15 additional minutes for the pizza to finish.

Once out of the oven top it with the scallions and serve.

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  • Erica May 29, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Great recipe- sounds so yummy! I’m a huge asparagus fan- I think my husband and I could eat up a few bundles each for dinner 🙂

  • gastroanthropologist May 29, 2009 at 4:48 am

    I’ve always been an asparagus lover -grilled is my favorite so I know I’d love it on pizza. Asparagus does seem to give off this weird sort of odor when cooked and always stinks up my fridge if I have leftovers.

  • 5 Star Foodie May 29, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I love the white garlic sauce and asparagus is wonderful on a pizza! This is delicious!

  • Emily May 29, 2009 at 7:21 am

    That looks so delicious Lori!

  • laura May 29, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Yum. Love roasted garlic with pizza. What a great idea to add it to the sauce. I’m thinking I could add the garlic to the alfredo we so often indulge in on pizza. I think you might have just inspired dinner tonight. 🙂

  • Lori May 29, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Erica – My husband loves it. I think he could eat it everyday!

    gastroanthro – There never seems to be any leftover when my husband is around so I’ll have to take your word for it. Ha, ha! Grilled is the best!

    5 Star – It makes such a great pizza. I’m always up for trying one with white garlic sauce.

    Emily – Thanks!

    laura – Glad I could help! I’m actually hungry for it again tonight. Ha, ha!

  • Jennifer May 29, 2009 at 7:48 am

    I am making this tonight and will also add mushrooms

  • Michelle @ Find Your Balance May 29, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Sounds awesome. I love asparagus too, but so often just cook it by itself. I’ll have to start experimenting!

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) May 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Whoa Lori what a great recipe! Sounds perfectly divine!

  • cathy May 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Looks unusual and delicious. I love pizzas with a good white sauce and roasted garlic. Thanks for posting it!

  • Reeni♥ May 29, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Asparagus is on the bottom of my list, too. But this delicious pizza bumped it up on the list a ways!

  • kat May 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Its one of our favorite topping for pizza & sometimes we grill it first

  • Lori May 31, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Jennifer – Saw your Tweet. Hope the sauce turned out okay. Mushrooms would be great on it.

    Michelle – I’m learning there is actually a lot you can do with it!

    Andrea – Thanks! It was pretty tasty.

    cathy – You’re welcome! 🙂

    Reeni – This wasn’t too bad. I’m still learning to like asparagus by itself though. It will take a little while I think. 🙂

    kat – Grilling it would have only improved it for sure. I just didn’t have a grill handy. 🙂