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Arugula, Brie, and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Upgrade your pizza night by making homemade pizza with caramelized onions, mushrooms, fresh baby arugula and brie cheese! You’ll love this vegetarian pizza because it’s so flavorful, fresh and unique. A little bit of sweet along with a little bit of peppery flavors!

Homemade pizza with caramelized onions, fresh baby arugula and brie cheese, sliced next to a pizza cutter

Have you ever had brie cheese on pizza? Game changer!

My pizza topping choices have been a little bit controversial in the past (pineapple, pimento cheese, pear, and of course there’s that honey drizzle). But I know there’s my people like you out there who can appreciate a unique pizza night.

Close up of pizza slie

This idea was inspired by a place in Raleigh called Trophy Brewing Company. They call this the “Most Outgoing” pizza, perhaps because it’s the most bold and flavor-forward. There are always unique and creative dishes there and when I heard about the brie on pizza, I was only surprised that I had never tried it before!

Also, since I did just learn how to caramelize onions it only seemed appropriate that I try this new combo.

Close up of a pizza slice with caramelized onions, mushrooms and brie cheese before topping with arugula
Slice of pizza with arugula leaves on top

So here’s the deal:

  • Pizza crust: homemade or ready-to-make frozen
  • Sauce: I always like to add at least a dash of red sauce to my pizza (about 1/4 cup) because I love it, but you would be not be missing anything if you leave it off, with just a dash of olive oil in its place. Just be sure to not add too much sauce of any kind because it is already a pretty topping-heavy pizza.
  • Caramelized onions: great for the added sweetness flavor. If don’t have time to caramelize them, you can add fresh slices of sweet onion instead. Here’s a post on how to caramelize your onions.
  • Mushrooms: I like to saute them before adding to my pizza, but you may prefer fresh. Or stick with the theme by caramelizing them too! (Luckily for mushrooms, that only takes 5 minutes.)
  • Cheese: Chunks of creamy brie, with the option for a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella too.
  • Fresh baby arugula: Sometimes greens are added before a pizza is baked, but especially with arugula it will tend to burn if you do that. So I nice big handful of fresh baby leaves right before serving is perfect. The best arugula is just slightly peppery and will balance the sweet flavors perfectly!
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar: or red wine vinegar, if you have either of those in your pantry. Optional but delicious add.
Homemade pizza with caramelized onions, fresh baby arugula and brie cheese, sliced into four pieces on baking sheet
Yield: 4 slices

Arugula, Brie, and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Homemade pizza with caramelized onions, fresh baby arugula and brie cheese!

Upgrade your pizza night by making homemade pizza with caramelized onions, mushrooms, fresh baby arugula and brie cheese! You'll love this vegetarian pizza because it's so flavorful, fresh and unique. A little bit of sweet along with a little bit of peppery flavors!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza crust
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 cup caramelized onions
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 ounces brie cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • large handful of fresh baby arugula
  • balsamic vinegar (or glaze) for drizzling (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425°F.

If using homemade dough, roll out pizza dough to desired thickness and shape and place on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick oil.

Pour the marinara sauce on and evenly coat the pizza dough with the back of a spoon or spatula.

Add the onions, mushrooms, and brie cheese. Top with mozzarella.

Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is browned.

Top with arugula and drizzle with balsamic vinegar if using right before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Sauce: I always like to add at least a dash of red sauce to my pizza (about 1/4 cup) because I love it, but you would be not be missing anything if you leave it off, with just a dash of olive oil in its place. Just be sure to not add too much sauce of any kind because it is already a pretty topping-heavy pizza. 
  • Caramelized onions: great for the added sweetness flavor. If don't have time to caramelize them, you can add fresh slices of sweet onion instead. 
  • Mushrooms: I like to saute them before adding to my pizza, but you may prefer fresh. Or stick with the theme by caramelizing them too! (Luckily for mushrooms, that only takes 5 minutes.) 
  • Fresh baby arugula: Sometimes greens are added before a pizza is baked, but especially with arugula it will tend to burn if you do that. So I nice big handful of fresh baby leaves right before serving is perfect. The best arugula is just slightly peppery and will balance the sweet flavors perfectly!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 518Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 946mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 17g

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Upgrade your pizza night by making homemade pizza with caramelized onions, mushrooms, fresh baby arugula and brie cheese! You'll love this vegetarian pizza because it's so flavorful, fresh and unique. A little bit of sweet along with a little bit of peppery flavors!

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