Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza

The title of this post doesn’t even begin to tell the whole delicious story of this pizza, but “Caramelized onion, goat cheese, roasted garlic, spinach and portabella mushroom pizza” seemed a bit long for a post title. I made this for dinner the other night, and it was a huge hit with my husband and (shocker) my 1-year-old! She even scarfed down the leftovers the next day (and we’re in a “not eating anything more than once” phase!).

Making homemade pizza can be really time-consuming—but it doesn’t have to be. Sure, I’d love to have the time to make my own pizza dough, let it rise, make my own sauce, yada yada yada, but let’s be honest, that’s just not going to happen on a hectic Tuesday night. So here’s my take on a realistic homemade pizza, with a few shortcuts for busy moms.

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, et al Pizza

Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust
1-2 cups marinara sauce, depending on your preference
1 head of garlic
1 cup sliced portabella mushrooms
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
3/4 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup sliced onion
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup goat cheese crumbles (or however much you want, really)

Preheat oven to 400°. Remove the white papery skin from the head of garlic and wrap the entire thing in aluminum foil. Roast on a cookie sheet for 40 minutes. (To save time during the week, you can do this step over the weekend and store it in the refrigerator). While the garlic is roasting, sauté the onions in the olive oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once the onions are soft and translucent, add the sugar, turn the heat down to low and cook for another 15 minutes or so.

When the garlic is done, let it cool for a few minutes before peeling the cloves—you will need 4-5 cloves, depending on how much you like garlic. Put the cloves into a bowl and mash them with the back of a fork. Add the marinara sauce and mix well. Unroll the pizza crust and press out onto a jelly roll pan (i.e. cookie sheet with sides) sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Top with marinara, half of the mozzarella cheese, spinach, mushrooms, onions and goat cheese. Add the remaining mozzarella cheese to the top and bake for 14-17 minutes.

 

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I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and colleague. And trying to balance all of those roles at once can be utterly exhausting. Being the Type A control freak that I am, I try to run my life like a well-oiled machine. But sometimes the wheels get a bit squeaky (or just fly off completely, let's be honest). I have to slow down (yeah right, I know), give the different parts of my life a little tune-up and get back on the road.
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