Dad’s Butternut Squash Pizza

by inspiredrd on October 6, 2010

A few weeks ago, my parents ended up with three huge butternut squash in their Bountiful Basket.  They have been trying to use it all since then.  One of the recipes that my dad came up with was a vegetarian butternut squash pizza…then he added sausage.

I tried the recipe tonight with a few changes based on what I could find at the store.  I used Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough.  I also used Trader Joe’s sweet apple chicken sausage because I thought that the maple flavor would compliment the butternut squash.  I couldn’t find fresh thyme, so I substituted 1 tsp. of dried thyme (the usual rule is 1 tsp dried = 1 tbsp fresh).
As I was slicing up the red onion…
…I cursed myself for not bringing my onion goggles to California.
Leila thought it was hilarious (thanks baby girl!)
Thankfully I survived, and the pizza was delicious!  The topping was so plentiful that it probably could have covered two pizzas easily, but we enjoyed the heartiness of our one giant pizza.  I almost didn’t buy the pine nuts because they are so expensive, but they really went well with the other ingredients.  I think they were worth the money.
Joe made his own pizza with red sauce, butternut squash, zucchini, sausage and mozzarella cheese.  Both kids gobbled it up.
We will definitely be making this pizza again.  Thanks for the inspiration Dad!
Dad's Butternut Squash Pizza
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • cornmeal
  • 1 lb. butternut squash- peeled, seeded, sliced ¼" thick
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ c. pine nuts
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 links italian sausage, sliced and browned
  • 1 Tbs. fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1½ C. grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Shape the dough into a large oval and place on a cornmeal dusted baking sheet or pizza stone.
  2. Place browned sausage evenly over the pizza dough.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the squash, onion, pine nuts, mushrooms, thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper. Scatter over the pizza dough and sprinkle with the cheese.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Jeff Baj

    It was stinkin' delicious!

  • Caitlin

    Hi! Just found your blog. I'm a dietetic intern and love reading blogs by RD's :) This recipe looks amazing by the way….I love butternut squash!

  • rneweyfamily

    I've done variations of this pizza twice now and I've loved it both times! Thank you so much for posting, what an inspiration this recipe is.

  • Alysa

    Thanks Jeff! :)

    Caitlin, so glad you found me!

    rneweyfamily, so glad you like the recipe. We do too!

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