Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza

04.06.2015

Are you ready to try a new exciting spin on pizza? I know that I always game seeing as pizza is one of my favorite foods. I will never get tired of it and since the topping options are endless I never have to get bored of it.

Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza | Cooking Classy

This is a topping combinations you simply have to try! Even if you don’t love onions you will most likely still love this pizza. Since the onions are caramelized it really just tones down that harsh bite they can have, it mellows out their bold flavor and even brings out some sweetness in them. Then when you pair that with salty, crispy bacon, fresh spinach and melty mozzarella and parmesan cheese you have got a rave worthy pizza. You know, the kind your guests will be talking about for years.

Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this fabulously gourmet and perfectly flavorful pizza! It’s one I will make time and time again!

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Caramlized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza

5 from 2 votes

Yield: 1 12-inch pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pizza dough homemade or store bought
  • 7 slices bacon (7 oz), cooked and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil , divided
  • 8 oz baby spinach
  • 1 large red onion , sliced 1/4-inch thick slices
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 6 oz low-moisture mozzarella cheese , shredded
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese , finely shredded

Instructions

  1. Place a pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 475 degrees.

  2. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach and saute just until wilted. Transfer to several layers of paper towels and squeeze some of the excess liquid from spinach, set aside.
  3. Add another 1 Tbsp olive oil to skillet and set over medium heat. Add onions, season lightly with salt and saute 10 minutes. Add sugar and cook until they begin to caramelize, about 5 - 10 minutes longer, adding a few tbsp water as needed to prevent them from drying and burning. Stir in balsamic vinegar and cook 1 minute longer, set aside.
  4. Shape pizza dough into a 12-inch round over a lightly floured surface, leaving a larger rim around edge of dough for crust. Brush top with remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil and let rest 10 minutes.

  5. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. While whisking, slowly pour milk into flour mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and bring mixture just to a boil stirring constantly then remove from heat.
  6. Spread white sauce evenly over pizza, leaving crust uncoated. Top with half of the mozzarella and half of the parmesan, then add spinach, bacon and onions. Top with remaining half of the mozzarella and parmesan. Using a pizza peel, transfer pizza to preheated pizza stone and bake in preheated oven 8 - 12 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is golden.

  7. Recipe source: Inspired by Cooking Light

34 comments

  • Kelly: This looks and sounds AMAZING, yum!

    xx Kelly April 6, 2015 at 7:28pm Reply

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout: What a delish pizza! I love caramelized onions! :) April 6, 2015 at 11:08pm Reply

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes): I would love a slice of this right now! April 7, 2015 at 6:26pm Reply

  • Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg: Oooh. I love caramelized onions! Such a delicious-looking pizza. I need it all. :) YUM! April 8, 2015 at 6:23am Reply

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments: I love caramelized onions on my pizzas. It’s one of my fav toppings and you can never go wrong with bacon!
    Looks fabulous! April 8, 2015 at 7:00am Reply

  • Chris: I made this last night. It was excellent. While it did take a while to prepare, it was well worth it. Everyone loved it, and I will definitely be making this again. April 9, 2015 at 10:38am Reply

  • Becca: Made this! This pizza is unbelievably delicious. It’s worth the effort to make the homemade dough as well. Leftovers were also amazing. October 1, 2015 at 12:30pm Reply

  • Raquel: This was a great combination of toppings! Loved it! October 29, 2015 at 10:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Raquel! Thanks for your feedback! October 30, 2015 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Linda: This is s great dish, I added kalamata olives and was so good! December 28, 2015 at 4:31pm Reply

  • Jen C: I made this last night for dinner. It’s as amazing as it sounds. I’ve never been so excited about leftovers, it tastes just as good the next day. Thanks for the recipe! January 11, 2016 at 11:49am Reply

  • Caitlin H.: This was delicious! Thank you for the recipe! I also grated a little lemon zest for brightness and fig jam after I took it out of the oven. January 19, 2016 at 5:47pm Reply

  • Heidi: This was absolutely worth the labour of love to make. My husband says it’s the best pizza he has ever had. Thanks for a great recipe! February 25, 2016 at 8:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Heidi! Thanks for your comment! February 25, 2016 at 11:51pm Reply

  • Kristin H: Made this for Pi Day today. Delicious! Love “white” pizzas, and this one is definitely a keeper. March 14, 2016 at 8:10pm Reply

  • Melissa: This pizza was AMAZING!! Thanks so much for sharing – may I re-share on my site with the link to yours? April 25, 2016 at 9:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That would be great! Thanks Melissa! April 25, 2016 at 9:54am Reply

  • Jordan: This is one of the best homemade pizzas I’ve ever made. It did take me longer than expected since I was short on pans and had to keep re-using the one I had, but it was more than worth it. The sauce is a keeper and I will for sure be using it in my other white pizza recipes. I will absolutely be making this again! Thanks for the recipe! June 2, 2016 at 11:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it Jordan! June 2, 2016 at 3:20pm Reply

  • Jenna Font: Jaclyn, Thank you so much for this recipe! I have never made a homemade pizza before. ( I have always wanted to just too intimidated ) My pizza turned out perfect and looked just like your picture! Not to mention delicious! Also your website is amazing and I can’t wait to try other dishes from you. Thank you again! :) July 13, 2016 at 8:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you loved it Jenna! July 13, 2016 at 10:18am Reply

  • Lynn Pressley: Just made this yesterday, so very delicious.
    I did substitute cooked Hot Italian sausage for the bacon and my husband was thrilled. Next time I will use the bacon. Variety is the spice of life.
    Thank you for the lovely recipe. August 21, 2016 at 10:38am Reply

  • Sonja: Hi, I made this over the weekend and loved the inion and bacon, but I did not like the white sauce on the base. Do you have any suggestions to substitute this?

    Thanks for the great recipe. September 21, 2016 at 9:37am Reply

  • Karina Oliveira Correia: ELA É LINDA, É UMA DELÍCIA
    Oh, delícia, oh delícia 😋😋😘😘 November 24, 2016 at 1:53pm Reply

  • Jeanie S.: Super good! We made it with kale and it was great! Thanks! March 10, 2017 at 5:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sounds delicious with kale too! Glad you enjoyed it Jeanie! March 11, 2017 at 10:53am Reply

  • Tatyana: How many people does this feed? May 4, 2017 at 9:22pm Reply

  • Deb: This was so good! I never had a pizza like this before but decided to give it a try because I had all the ingredients in the house and was out of the usual toppings I use. Your instructions were easy to follow. It was a little time consuming to make but well worth the extra effort. We loved the flavor and will definitely be making this again soon. Thanks for a great recipe! October 14, 2017 at 6:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Deb! October 16, 2017 at 4:07pm Reply

  • Kim McConnell: Where do you find parchment paper that withstands 475°? Mine withstands only 450°. November 19, 2017 at 4:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for bringing that up, I’ve actually found that a pizza stone works best and no parchment is necessary so I’ve updated the recipe :). Hope you love it! November 19, 2017 at 10:23pm Reply

  • Lindy: Hi Jaclyn, I would like to know if the toppings, including the sauce, can be made a few hours ahead as I’d love to make this at our pizza night?

    Cheers,
    Lindy (Australia) December 8, 2017 at 4:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that should be just fine. I hope you love it! December 8, 2017 at 9:14pm Reply

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