Sauceless Mozzarella, Caramelized Onion, and Kale Pizza

Mamma mia this is the best pizza I have ever made! My husband is a serious fan. The caramelized onion just adds that certain pizazz and the kale chips on top give a very satisfying crunchiness to the whole pie.

I experiment with this pie every time I make it. Sometimes I add garlic, sometimes I add red bell pepper, and I have future plans to try adding a better mix of cheeses and spices. I never use sauce for it. I hate opening a jarred sauce and only using half of it and then letting the rest go to waste. And I’m not very good at making my own sauce yet, but you know what? You don’t need sauce on pizza. Shocking right? Not that sauce would hurt though…

Here is the base recipe. Use it as a springboard and comment if you have a great addition!

P.S. It’s actually pretty quick to put together, you can prep all these ingredients beforehand and toss it all together for dinner since it only takes 10 minutes to bake.

[print_this]Mozzarella, Caramelized Onion, Tomato, and Kale Pizza


1 pizza dough (I use Trader Joe’s pre-made dough)

1-2 onions (Maui sweet onions are great!)

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon brown sugar

2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed or chopped finely

1 cup shredded fresh mozzarella

1 bell pepper, diced (any color)

1 roma tomato, chop in chunks (any tomato will do though, even cherry)


1-2 teaspoons sea salt

1-2 leaves of kale


1. Chop the onions up in thin strips and caramelize by melting a tablespoon of butter in a non-stick skillet. Stir in the onions with 1 tsp brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let it simmer over medium heat for 5-10 minutes until onions are wilted. Then turn the heat to low and stir often until the onions are caramelized to your liking, 20-40 minutes. I like to do this while I prepping the other ingredients so it really doesn’t seem like much time. Add the garlic a few minutes before you turn off the heat to take away the sharpness of the garlic.

2. Spread pizza dough on pan and bake in preheated 400*F oven for 5 minutes.

3. Take pizza out of oven and spread 3/4 of the mozzarella on the pizza. Sprinkle bell pepper and tomato on after. Then add the the caramelized onions to the pie.

4. Drizzle a couple tablespoons of honey over the top, the sweetness really adds a deliciousness to the pizza. Layer on the last 1/4th of the cheese. Shake a teaspoon or so of sea salt.

5. Shred the kale like you would for kale chips, by just tearing off the fluffy part of the leaves and not using any of the thick veins. Evenly sprinkle the kale bits on top of the pizza. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes depending on desired doneness. Enjoy![/print_this]

*Other good additions are fresh basil leaves, olives, swiss cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes.


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