Caramelized onions can transform any pie into a gourmet pizza. The caramelizing process brings out the natural sweetness of the onion, creating a savory treat that blends beautifully with other artisanal pizza ingredients, from goat cheese and Gruyère to prosciutto and roasted apples. Here’s a recipe for a Broccoli Rabe and Caramelized Onions pizza from the National Onion Association and River Point Farms. Don’t miss the video at the bottom of the article!


16 oz. dough ball
1 lb. broccoli rabe, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. garlic, minced
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
1 c. part-skim ricotta cheese
1/3 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
2-3 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. black pepper, cracked
1 c. yellow onion, diced and caramelized
6 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into chunks
Shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
Toasted pine nuts (optional)



On a lightly floured surface, roll pizza dough into a 16” circle and place on a cornmeal-dusted pizza paddle. In a small stock pan, heat olive oil and red pepper flakes. Add broccoli rabe and chopped garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Cover and cook for 2 minutes or until broccoli rabe is bright green and tender.

In a bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, parsley and black pepper. Spread ricotta cheese mixture onto the rolled-out pizza dough. Top with broccoli rabe, caramelized onion and mozzarella. Transfer pizza to a stone that has been preheated in a 400°F oven. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until crust is crispy and golden-brown. Remove pizza from heat and let it rest for 2-3 minutes. If desired, serve slices topped with pine nuts and extra Parmesan cheese.



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