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    Recipe for pizza with parsley pesto and mushrooms

    Pizza bianca with parsely pesto and mushrooms.
    Karoline Boehm Goodnick
    Pizza bianca with parsely pesto and mushrooms.

    Serves 4

    Store-bought pizza dough will last for several days in the refrigerator and actually becomes easier to work with after a good rest. Make the parsley pesto up to a week in advance (if you double the batch and freeze it, you’ll have it for next pizza night), or use commercial basil pesto.

    PESTO

    ½bunch parsley, stemmed
    2cloves garlic, roughly chopped
    ¼cup toasted pine nuts
    ½cup shredded Parmesan
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    ¼cup olive oil

    1. In a food processor, combine the parsley, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Pulse until it forms a smooth paste.

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    2. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil through the feed tube.

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    PIZZA

    Olive oil (for the pan)
    1tablespoon olive oil
    1large onion, thinly sliced
    8ounces shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
    8ounces crimini mushrooms
    Flour (for sprinkling)
    1pound store-bought pizza dough
    ½cup shredded asiago cheese
    ½cup cubed fontina cheese

    1. Set the oven at 500 degrees. Lightly oil a pizza pan or rimmed baking sheet.

    2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the onion, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Add the shiitake and crimini mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the excess moisture in the mushrooms evaporates.

    3. On a lightly floured counter, roll the pizza dough to a 16-inch circle (if you are using a 14-inch pizza pan) or into a rectangle if you’re using a baking sheet. Lift the dough onto the rolling pin and ease it into the pan or onto the sheet. Curl the edges to form a rim.

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    4. Spread the dough with pesto and the mushroom mixture. Sprinkle with the
    asiago and fontina cheeses. Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 10 minutes
    or until the crust is golden and the cheese melts and browns. Cool slightly before
    cutting into wedges.
    Karoline Boehm Goodnick