Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza

I have been making this recipe for 5 years. My whole family agrees, this Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza is the BEST PIZZA EVER! And it’s super easy to make!

EDIT 02/2015: I have been making this phenomenal pizza since I first posted this recipe way back in 2010. It is hands-down my family’s FAVORITE pizza recipe. Better than anything you can get in any restaurant or make handmade – we all adore it. The sweet & salty combination of it just can’t be beat. My family devours this one – and everyone gets super excited when they know we’re having it for dinner. It’s really easy to make – you only need a handful of ingredients & it’s the simplest thing ever to put together. Also, I have slightly updated the recipe since I first posted it back in 2010.  The original recipe did come from Ree Drummond (link in post) – but over time, I’ve made a few slight changes that I feel completely perfected it into the best pizza ever as far as we all are concerned! I hope you’ll give it a chance because if you do, I just know you’re gonna fall in love like my family has – and anyone else who’s had the pleasure of dining at our house when I’ve made it. (side note: it’s a sleepover favorite for my kids & their friends – even the picky ones!)

Now let’s rewind back to 2010…. 

I adore the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.  I have her cookbook & have made practically everything from it.  That said – I was on her website the other day & came across a recipe for ‘Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza’.  I had never heard of such a combination, but the picture of her pizza looked SO good that I just had to give it a try.  It calls for fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, & onions caramelized in brown sugar.  Such a simple concept, & OH SO GOOD!  I made this for dinner tonight  & we (kids included) were just smitten with this little gem of a recipe.

My pizza, before baking…

And again after baking!

This is definitely something that I will be making again.  Sooooo good!  You have got to try this one!

Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza


  • 1 whole Pizza Crust (raw dough or precooked)
  • Olive Oil, For Drizzling
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Halved And Thinly Sliced
  • ¼ cups Brown Sugar
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated or fresh shredded
  • 10 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Thinly Sliced
  • 8 slices Prosciutto (more To Taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. If you’re using raw pizza dough, precook it according to the package directions for 5 minutes. If you’re using cooked dough, skip this step.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet. Add the sliced onion. Season with salt & pepper. Cook, on medium-high heat, for about 7-10 minutes or until the onions are lightly browned & caramelized. Stir in ¼ cup brown sugar. Cook on medium heat & cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Now, over to the pizza crust. Drizzle on olive oil, sprinkle on a little salt, followed by a little Parmesan (grated or shredded).
  4. Lay slices of mozzarella evenly over the top of the crust. Arrange caramelized onions over the top of the mozzarella. Lay slices of the prosciutto over the onions. Sprinkle on a little parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes in the oven, or until the bottom of the crust is golden brown, being careful not to cook for too long. If you’re using a precooked crust, cook according to the package instructions. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes, and cut into squares. Serve immediately.

You can substitute shredded mozzarella for the fresh, & it will still taste really good. However, for this recipe – the fresh mozzarella is so much better.

If you have issues with burning pizzas, use a precooked pizza crust – usually found with the pasta in my local grocery store.

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