Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza


Roasted squash, parsley walnut pesto and arugula are the star toppings on this Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza, which is an ode to fall/winter feasting.

Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza

Sometimes I avoid butternut squash, but it has nothing to do with how it tastes.

I absolutely love any variety of roasted squash. It’s filling and a healthy version of comfort food.

You can eat those root veggies straight off the sheet pan.

To be honest, butternut squash actually shows my laziness.

This thick-skinned veggie can such a pain to prep and cut.

Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza

I don’t always have the time or patience to tackle it with a peeler, so I take my knife to it. No, it’s not efficient.

In fact I end up slicing off the skin plus some of the flesh—whoops!

It’s not a big deal. We all could use a little help with our knife skills, right?

Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza

How To Make Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza

Pizza is pretty much a food group to me. I adore a flatbread or anything that involves a bread base and toppings.

I wanted to make a fall pizza, so I accepted the knife skills challenge for this roasted butternut squash pizza.

Full disclosure, I thought about using sweet potatoes instead since they’re easier to peel and cube, but I eat A LOT of sweet potatoes. 

It was time to embrace squash

Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza

I started with my usual dough recipe, but I swapped out half the bread flour with whole wheat flour.

Using a mix of flours gives the crust a chewier and heartier bite. 

While the dough rose, I roasted the squash and made the pesto.

Instead of basil I like making parsley walnut pesto. Its also great tossed in pasta.

Once I rolled out the dough, I gave it a 5-minute head start in the oven.

Then I slathered the crust with pesto and sprinkled on just a little shredded Italian cheese.

When the cheese had melted and the crust turned golden, I topped the pizza with squash, arugula, shaved Parmesan and minced chives.

Shortcuts For Pizza

There are ways to save time making this roasted butternut squash pizza. 

  • Use pre-cut butternut squash. Yes, it is more expensive than buying a whole squash, but it is less work.
  • Buy pre-made pizza dough in the refrigerated section of the grocery.
  • Use jarred pesto.
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Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza

Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10-12 minutes
  • Yield: 112 inch pizza 1x
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Ingredients

For crust

2/3 cup warm water

1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast

1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon olive oil plus more for bowl

3/4 cup bread flour plus more for work surface

3/4 cup whole-wheat flour

Cornmeal for pizza stone

For toppings

1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup parsley walnut pesto

1/3 cup shredded Italian cheese blend

1 handful baby arugula

1 tablespoon minced chives

Shaved Parmesan for serving

Instructions

In a small bowl, combine the water, yeast, sugar and olive oil. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse both the flours and salt. Add the yeast mixture and process until a ball of dough forms. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in volume, about 2 hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Toss the squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes until tender when pierced with a knife.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F with a pizza stone inside the oven.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the pizza dough into a 12-inch diameter circle or oval shape. Sprinkle the preheated pizza stone with cornmeal and place the dough on it. Bake the crust for 5 minutes before spreading on the pesto, leaving a 1-inch border, followed by the cheese. Continue baking for 5-7 minutes until the crust is golden brown and cooked through and the cheese has melted.

Scatter the squash and arugula over the pizza. Top with Parmesan and chives before serving.

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