my lavender blues

April 18, 2019

Asparagus + Broccolini + Sausage Pizza // Nordic Pizza Dough

Apparently Easter is right around the corner, and apparently I am hosting.

And apparently I knew all about this and so the fact that I am going to have to cram spring cleaning into such a short window (I refuse to clean during the weekdays, there isn’t enough time to waste after work) means i am probably going to at some point end up in the closet with a bottle of wine, hiding (well, hiding and drinking).

My solution to problems: ignore ignore ignore and then pray the problem magically fixes itself.

And then have to face the cruel reality called life and give myself extreme heart palpitations followed by some sort of rage that would most likely send someone to anger management and do the damn thing I have been putting off.


this actually makes me want to fake sick and ruin the holiday for everyone. sorry kids, but I am a type four on the enneagram so being selfish and dramatic is just part of who I am. I hope you can understand, k thanks bye.

Anyways I will probably make this recipe on Sunday because its SUPER easy, and because I can throw a few fried eggs on top and call it brunchy AF (for the old folks who don’t understand that, it means As Farts).


Asparagus, Broccolini and Sausage Pizza.

Vegetable, Protein and Carbs. The perfect life balance. (And throw a fried egg on top and you just won the lottery).

Any who I was generously sent, The Nordic Baking Book by Magnus Nilsson and holy crow I am obsessed! I kid you not it is so good. But also after watching him on season 1 of Chefs Table I immediately purchased Faviken .  And was blown away. So when Phaidon Press sent me a few more of his works, including The Nordic Baking Book, I actually cried tears of joy. (I linked both of the books via amazon below, only because I buy everything off amazon, but feel free to support your local bookstore first!)

So this is just ONE of the many recipes I’ll be highlighting over the next few weeks (no this is not paid) I want to spread the love.

Nordic Pizza Dough. Out of all things Julia, you’re Italian and you chose Nordic pizza dough? Why yes. And Magnus (we are clearly on a first name basis now) gives a wonderful background on the Nordic dough and it would also sell you on trying it.

First I can tell you this, it only needs one rise time of 30 minutes. Yep. So you can make this as a last minute meal. And it is SO simple and the texture is really quite wonderful. And you can throw anything you damn well please on top. So here’s the recipe for the dough, and some of my favorite spring toppings, enjoy!

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Asparagus + Broccolini + Sausage Pizza // Nordic Pizza Dough
Nordic Pizza Dough:
  • 2 oz rapid rise yeast
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1¼ cup warm water
  • 3¼ cups bread flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1lb spicy italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 1 bunch asaparagus, ends trimmed and then cut into thirds
  • 1 bunch broccolini, sliced lengthwise in half
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella sliced thinly
  • ⅔ cup parmesan
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Red Pepper flakes (sprinkle)
  1. Mix yeast, sugar, salt and oil together with 1¼ cup warm water in a bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Next add the flour little by little working with the dough hook until the dough is firm and elastic.
  4. Cover with a clean dish towel and leave to rise for about 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place two baking sheets inside.
  6. Divide dough into two parts and shape according to type of pizza you want to make.
  7. Next add each dough to preheated baking sheets and then add toppings and continue to bake until pizza crust is golden.
  8. Transfer straight away to a wire rack and serve immediately.
  1. While dough is rising, in a large skillet over medium high heat brown your sausage.
  2. Once sausage has finished browning, remove sausage, leaving the fat still in the pan.
  3. Add your onion and let saute and caramelize for about 15 minutes (or until onion starts to turn more brown in color).
  4. Add your garlic and cook fragrant (about 30 seconds) and then add your asparagus and broccolini.
  5. Cover and let cook for about 7 minutes (they will finish cooking in the oven with the pizza).
  6. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Next once dough has been rolled out and added to baking sheet add layers of first mozzarella and then sausage, asparagus, onion and broccolini. Next add a few more slices of mozz on top along with parmesan (dividing all ingredients evenly).
  8. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper (can add more once it finishes baking).
  9. Bake in oven for about 12-14 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  10. Remove and sprinkle with some flaky salt and red pepper flakes. Eat!



  1. Trie says:

    hi julia!

    I love reading your blog, I am so happy to see you posting again. Your humor makes me laugh! Photos are beautiful and this looks delicious.

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