Randy Mayor
8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

Sea salt adds a nice crunch to the topping, but kosher salt works, too. Use very thin asparagus spears, or cut thicker ones in half lengthwise. For a little extra bite, add a sprinkling of black pepper before serving. Enjoy any leftover bread with soup and salad.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare dough, combine warm water and yeast in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 1 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt to yeast mixture; stir until blended. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead dough until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (the dough will feel sticky).

Step 2

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If an indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

Step 3

While dough rises, prepare topping. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add thyme, pancetta, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until pancetta is crisp. Stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 475°.

Step 5

Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Roll the dough into a 10-inch circle on a floured surface. Place dough on a baking sheet. Spread topping evenly over dough. Arrange the asparagus over topping; sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake at 475° for 10 minutes or until crust is golden. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Ratings & Reviews

lizencarn's Review

March 27, 2011
Love this recipe as is, but also make the dough with different toppings to great success. I made it per recipe first time, but now use my breadmaker's pizza dough setting for the dough. I also spray the outer edge of the dough w/olive oil and sprinkle dash of kosher salt to make crust extra tasty. This is one of my go-to recipes.

mikegallo's Review

April 05, 2009
This recipe is quick, easy and awesome. I use a Boboli pizza crust. I make this every spring when asparagus are in season.