The Mushroom-Caramelized Onion Pizza

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There was a time when we thought it impossible to enjoy pizza without a heavy blanket of cheese. While we’re not yet able to give up that last little bit of pecorino Romano, we do believe that pizza—especially The Mushroom-Caramelized Onion Pizza—is utterly delightful without the gobs of mozzarella that you might typically find on a pizza like this.

Making The Dough for Mushroom-Caramelized Onion Pizza

To make The Mushroom-Caramelized Onion Pizza, start by making Homemade Pizza Crust, which you can make at your leisure anytime throughout the day. We particularly love making this dough first thing in the morning and forgetting about it for the rest of the day. The first few times you make Homemade Pizza Crust, it might take you ten or fifteen minutes to throw the dough together. After internalizing the formula and technique, however, you’ll be able to make this simple dough in a mere five minutes. If you’ve ever made Effortless Homemade Bread, you’ll recognize the formula. This pizza crust is the same recipe with the addition of two tablespoons of olive oil.

Simple Pizza Crust

You’ll notice that the dough rises directly on the same rimmed sheet you’ll bake it on, saving time and dishwashing. Don’t punch down the dough, simply stretch it into place. In its relaxed state, the dough is super cooperative. If you don’t have time to make the dough, simply use store-bought dough—you’ll need about two pounds. Just remember that it’s a bit cranky right out of the refrigerated case, so let it come to room temperature before stretching it. You also have enough toppings in the recipe for two large store-bought baked crusts.

Cooking the Mushrooms

Before baking the crust, start by preheating the oven, slicing the mushrooms, tossing them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and spreading them on a rimmed baking sheet. As soon as you’re done prepping the mushrooms, take advantage of the preheating oven’s heat to quickly roast the mushrooms. While the mushrooms roast, stretch the dough into the place and make Seasoned Panko. When the mushrooms are fully roasted, which usually happens just as the oven is coming to temperature, remove it from the oven and then add the pan of stretched dough. In just ten minutes you’ll be ready to top your pizza.

Assembling Mushroom-Caramelized Onion Pizza

Spoon on Garlicky Tomato Sauce or your favorite store-bought Marinara, scatter the mushrooms over the sauce, sprinkle with Seasoned Panko, and a little pecorino Romano or plant-based parmesan and bake. In ten minutes, you’ve got the equivalent of two large pizzas emerging from the oven, and unlike the ones you might order from your local pizza joint, you know exactly what’s in this pie and feel good about eating it!

The Mushroom-Caramelized Onion Pizza

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Yield: 6 people

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have fresh thyme leaves, sub in a scant 1/2 teaspoon dried in the Seasoned Panko


Seasoned Panko

  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme*, minced
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil


  • Make Homemade Pizza Crust and let it rise.
  • If you haven’t made Garlicky Tomato Sauce and Caramelized Onions, do it now.
  • Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 550 degrees. Drizzle mushrooms with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Set in preheating oven and roast until impressively brown, at about the time the oven is reaching temperature, 20 minutes or so.
  • While mushrooms roast, make Seasoned Panko by mixing panko, thyme, garlic, and 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a small bowl.
  • When oven reaches temperature, bake pizza crust until golden brown, about 10 minutes. When crust emerges from the oven, spread with Garlicky Tomato Sauce, top with mushrooms, onions, Seasoned Panko, and pecorino.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 500 degrees and bake until topping are heated through and crust is crisp and brown, about 10 minutes. Slide pizza onto a cutting board, garnish with thyme, cut into squares, and serve.

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