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Two Peas and Their Pod: Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Rosemary

Friday, October 23, 2009

Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Rosemary



It's Friday! My favorite day of the week. Not only because I have the day off, but because I get to team up with Gaby, from What's Gaby Cooking!

Today for Fall Friday, we are sharing a pizza and pasta recipe. I made Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Fresh Rosemary. Gaby created a festive squid ink pasta dish with tomatoes, I can't wait to try it.

When I told Josh my pizza idea, he turned up his nose. He thought butternut squash pizza sounded weird and not too tasty. I know it is not your traditional pizza, but I still wanted to try it, so I pressed forward. Josh wasn't thrilled, but still helped out. He made
whole wheat pizza crust while I worked on the toppings.

I diced up a butternut squash and roasted it in the oven. I also caramelized red onion slices. I love the little tricks you can do in the kitchen to maximize flavor. Roasting and caramelizing made the squash and onions so flavorful. I didn't use a sauce, I just drizzled the crust with olive oil. I also topped the pizza with garlic, fresh rosemary, feta, and mozzarella cheese.

When the pizza was cooking, I knew it was going to be a winner. Our house was filled with the most amazing aroma. We didn't let it cool for long, I was too excited to wait. Josh was still skeptical, but after the first bite, he said no more. He loved it and so did I. We splashed on a little balsamic vinegar and it was the perfect finishing touch. All of the flavors worked so well together. This is the perfect fall pizza.

If you think this pizza combination sounds weird, I still urge you to try it. It really is amazing! And don't forget to check out
Gaby's pasta! Have a great weekend friends.



Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Fresh Rosemary

(Printable Recipe)

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (or use your favorite crust)
Roasted Butternut Squash
Caramelized Red Onion Slices
Olive oil
Garlic, minced
Feta cheese
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Fresh rosemary, chopped
Balsamic vinegar

1. To roast the butternut squash, place peeled, diced squash on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for about 40-50 minutes, at 400 degrees. Stir occasionally.
2. Caramelize the onions. See this
post from Simply Recipes for directions.
3. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees, or as hot as it will go, with a pizza stone inside.
4. Make your pizza dough. We used our favorite whole wheat crust. You can use store bought crust if you wish.
5. Roll out your pizza crust. We sprinkle our pizza peel with corn meal and make the pizza on the peel. Drizzle the crust with a little bit of olive oil and spread it around the crust.
6. Add the garlic, butternut squash, onions, cheese, and rosemary.
7. Slide the pizza onto the stone that is in the hot oven.
8. Cook the pizza for about 12-15 minutes. Just watch it. You want the cheese to be melted and the crust to be golden brown.
9. Cool and slice. Sprinkle balsamic vinegar on slices of pizza if you wish.

If you like this pizza, you might also like:

Pizza with Potatoes, Thyme, and Rosemary from Baking and Books
Jim Lahey's Pizza Bianca from Smitten Kitchen
Buffalo Sweet Potato & Blue Cheese Pizza from BitchinCamero
Pizza Roll Up from Two Peas and Their Pod

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54 Comments:

Blogger Erica said...

ahhh! Sounds awesome to me! I am a total squash freak right now! Plus this reminded me that I need to make up another batch of pizza dough ;) Have a good weekend

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Maria this pizza sounds (and looks) to die for! I definitely do not think it is a weird combination. I think it sounds incredible - I love the addition of the feta!

5:04 AM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

This is my kind of pizza! Will have to try. :-)

5:53 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Butternut squash on a pizza? Sounds interesting, but looks delicious.

6:47 AM  
Blogger kat said...

I think butternut squash sounds wonderful on a pizza!

6:57 AM  
Blogger Kalyn said...

Personally I think roasted butternut squash is one of the best imaginable flavors, so this sounds divine to me! Bookmarked!

7:06 AM  
Blogger CB said...

Oh baby! I'm totally starring this one (and your wheat dough recipe) for a future dinner. I still need to get a pizza peel. Where did you get yours? I think Josh and I would get along really well. I could eat pizza for every meal too. Yum!

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Kelly @ EvilShenanigans said...

Well, that looks amazing! I think the whole wheat crust would be perfect with the squash, too! Beautiful job!

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

Ooooh, me likey!! Must try, for sure!

7:18 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

looks sooooooooo good! Making this over the weekend for sure :)

7:32 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I think this pizza combination sounds amazing. I can't wait to try it!

7:44 AM  
Blogger Carrian said...

Sounds great! I love love love fall.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

It looks awesome to me!!!!!! And I am loving pizzas with no sauce. Actually, I prefer them without the red sauce. I want some of this now!

8:52 AM  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

I've been waiting for you to post this! Sounds yummy!

8:53 AM  
Blogger Robin Sue said...

You do not have to urge me to try this too hard- it looks fantastic. What a wonderful combination of flavors for Fall!

8:56 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I like that you added some feta to this pizza. The squash can hold it's own nicely against a stronger cheese. It sounds like you had a lot of fun creating this.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

A perfect fall pizza. Roasted squash and caramelized onions are always a winning combination, but I especially like the balsamic drizzle to bring all the flavors together.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Sounds absolutely fabulous to me! (BF wouldn't touch it with a 10-ft pole.) One of my friends just made something similar with goat cheese and bacon: http://niiicola.blogspot.com/

I'm in the midst of convincing my friends to go out for pumpkin pizza... maybe I'll just make my own using your inspiration!

9:58 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

This pizza looks great! I love butternut squash and the combination of the squash and the onions sounds wonderful for a pizza!

10:17 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

Isn't it wonderful that something you hope is great is great!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Tasty Eats At Home said...

This sounds wonderful. I love butternut squash, and adding the sweet onions and the rosemary? Genius.

11:37 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

incredible pizza!

12:10 PM  
Blogger The Food Hunter said...

Great combination!

1:10 PM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

This looks and sounds delicious! What a great Fall twist on pizza.

2:11 PM  
Blogger healthyish said...

Sounds awesome. I'm putting it on the menu for next week. We'll try it with spelt dough and...hmmm, I wonder if raisins would be a tasty addition.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

This sounds like a great fall pizza! YUM!

2:20 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Sounds fabulous! What creative toppings:) I am definitely wanting to try this! Made your pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake today. It turned out fantastic! I drizzled maple brown butter frosting over the top. Thanks for all your great recipes. I love your blog!

2:23 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

What an awesome idea! Butternut squash and rosemary on a pizza sounds amazing! My hubby would have had the exact same reaction too though :)

2:24 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

i love roasted squash on a pizza!! why oh why can i not get in the habit of making pizza dough more often???

3:05 PM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very yummy looking! I love your choice of topping!

Cheers,

Rosa

3:12 PM  
Blogger Tiffiny Felix said...

Yum, yum, yum...non-traditional pizza rocks :) I still have to make a cheese one for my kids, though, to avoid the water works at the table ;)

3:16 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Great combination of flavors. This pizza looks really, really delicious.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

I love this pizza! I hardly ever use sauce on pizza so this is right up my alley.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous veron said...

Oh Maria what a fantastic pizza. I have never had squash on pizza, this is a must try!

4:48 PM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

Looks fabulous!!! You and Gaby are so cute :)

My husband would have said the same thing lol!

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Aggie said...

This sounds fantastic! I put butternut squash and onions on a pizza last year, along with some ricotta cheese. SO GOOD!! I'm totally drooling over your pizza, can't wait to try it out!

6:03 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

YUM... it looks and sounds great. I'm glad Josh gave it a chance. And see- he loved it :)

8:09 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

i can devour entire butternut squashes when they're roasted with the proper additions, so i'd have no trouble scarfing down some pizza making use of it. squid ink, on the other hand...

4:55 AM  
Anonymous thymian said...

I just made it yesterday. everybody like it so much. I just want to say thank you for this recipe! Even I like it very much. You just increase my confident that I can make good food also!

5:42 AM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What a great combination! I love the finishing drizzle, just the thing to make it pop.

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Amy J in SC said...

This just looks so good. I've got to get over my fear of dough and go for it. Yum!

7:20 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Mmmmnnn! And a splash of the vinegar sounds great

3:39 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

can't say that I've ever had butternut squash on a pizza, but it i bet the flavors all rally meld together nicely.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Maris said...

Mmm I bet this would be good with goat cheese, too!

5:45 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Sounds and looks like a winner to me!! Gotta try this one!

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Alisa@Foodista said...

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1:01 AM  
OpenID pinkstripes said...

It doesn't sound weird to me at all! Sounds delicious!

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Allison Arevalo said...

Awesome pizza! I love that you added the balsamic, great touch!

9:33 PM  
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11:22 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

oh my gosh i am making that SOON! we just had bnut squash for the first time last night (roasted) and fell in love!

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Nicole (dishin') said...

This looks amazing! I love th combination of flavors. It's a great fall meal.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

I love the addition of butternut squash. A really nice idea.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

OMG that looks awesome!! But I'm the only one in my house that would eat it..... but that means it would be all mine!! hmmm.......

10:42 AM  
Blogger Peter M said...

Maria, you really know how to bang out an array of pizzas...love the rosemary and squash.

5:53 AM  

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