Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza

Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza


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


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.