Sunday, November 6, 2011

Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza with Sage Pesto {video}

If you're a regular reader, you know we love making pizza. While Pizza Margherita is my all-time favorite, it's fun to  come up with unique seasonal toppings. Butternut squash and sage are a classic combination for fall. Why should ravioli with butter sage sauce have all the fun? These flavors are just as fabulous on top of a thin crust pizza. Aren't the colors beautiful? 
Yummy Hubby says this would be great with some sausage on top. I have to agree, sausage would add another layer of flavor.

If you're thinking homemade pesto is too much trouble, just watch this video. It's a snap and takes 2 minutes to prepare. I make double, put half in a mason jar, and keep it in the freezer until the next time I need pesto.

Butternut Squash Pizza with Sage Pesto
printer-freindly recipe
Serves 4

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and sliced into 1/4"thin slices
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 prepared pizza dough
1/2 cup sage pesto sauce (recipe below)
1 cup freshly grated Mozzarella cheese, or sliced if using fresh cheese in water
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh sage leaves

Preheat oven to 400 degrees with pizza stone in the oven. Toss butternut squash slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast until just tender, about 15 minutes. Set aside.

Increase oven temperature to 550 degrees. Heat pizza stone on top rack of oven for at least 40 minutes longer.

Roll pizza dough to 1/4" thickness (or less, this needs to be a thin crust) on a sheet of parchment paper dusted with flour or cornmeal. Spread a thin layer of pesto over dough, leaving a 1" border around the edge. Top with cheeses and squash. Place pizza and parchment onto pizza stone and bake until cheese is bubbly and crust is crisp, about 8-10 minutes. Cool slightly and cut into slices and sprinkle with torn and whole sage leaves.

Sage Pesto

1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh sage leaves
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place basil, sage, garlic, Parmesan, nutmeg,  and pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor. Turn on and pour olive oil through feed tube. Process until all ingredients are finely minced and combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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  1. You are SOO cute! What a great tutorial and recipe! I cant wait to try this and make my own pesto!

  2. This is a beautiful pizza. Love, love homemade pesto. You are right it is a snap to make-


  3. yeah, the colors are beautiful, the pizza looks simply delicious and I love the simplicity of it

  4. Aww, cutest video, ever!!! I pizza sounds so yummy and flavorful! Happy Sunday!

  5. The video is fantastic, and the pizza is a work of art.

  6. You and Bella are quite a cute team! I guess there's no reason not to make homemade pesto now:) Your pizza is beautiful!

  7. Ooh, that looks so good! I'm not a huge sage girl, is the flavor very pronounced in the pesto or does the basil calm it down a bit? I've got a kabocha squash coming to me in my CSA box and this would be a perfect way to use it. I would definitely have to add sausage to satisfy my carnivore husband, though.

  8. What is better than pizza? squash pizza? It looks divine. I love the fresh flavors and it makes eating a pizza not so shameful:) Seriously though simply beautiful and I a a huge sage lover so I am all over this one.

    P.S. I had a friend re-do my header over the past few weeks and I was so reluctant to put it up over the weekend because it has a cupcake and an apple in it just like yours. I hope you don't mind. Your header still looks ten times better and so adorable

  9. Yummy fall pizza with beautiful shades of gold!! Awesome:)

  10. Awesome idea for fall! I've never had sage so I can't imagine what it would taste like in pesto, but it sounds like a neat idea. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Marina, this looks soooooooo good. We really enjoyed the one we made months ago but I love the addition of sage pesto:) a must try oh and yes technically I am a member of stumble upon but can't really figure out how to use it:(

    Xoxoxo Hanna

  12. This looks so delicious! I bet it would be yummy with kabocha squash too... that's my favorite! :)

  13. This is a recipe that I will try one of these days! It looks delish! :D

  14. New to your blog and LOVE it! This pizza looks incredible! And the video...darling! I look forward to reading more, and the muffins in your last post...consider them made :)

  15. All my fall favorites on a pizza! I had a fig and caramelized onion pizza with sage recently that was incredible so I've been looking for other sage pairings ever since. This recipe sounds perfect!

  16. Yummy fall pizza with beautiful shades of gold. A great and superb pizza you cook. I truly saying that This pizza looks incredible. I cook it in spicy flavor.

  17. I love pizza and this one looks so delish. I like this site too, I went through different recipes here and I've gotten myself a new site to devour. Thanks for linking up to Get Connected Tuesday Blog Hop. Following you.

  18. Allison7:27 AM

    You girls need your own cooking show. Seriously!

  19. Yummy!!! We love pizza too in our house, this one sounds divine!! New follower from MBC. Come check out my blog for more recipes and tips (including homemade pizza dough easy enough for kids to make)

  20. you are a DOLL Marina! This pizza sounds divine!

  21. this must be delicious! your pictures are great...

  22. This looks fantastic! I will be sure to share this on FB.

    ~ Ali from Wednesday Blog Hop

  23. Yummy! What a beautiful blog! Now following you from MBC

  24. Hi, Marina:

    Am following over from the MBS Blog Hop. Great site you have here, nice to meet ya.

    The Squash pizza looks divine. We are big pizza lovers as well and this one is one we haven't tried before. We'll refer back to your recipe and video when we decide to try it.


  25. I have a weakness for pizza. And this one looks like something I have to try. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  26. This looks so yummy. And "healthy"...well, I mean..much healthier than actual pizza. I think I'll try adding the sausage to make it more daddy friendly.

    I found your blog via the linky on a Time Out For Mommy. Please follow back!

  27. I love butternut squash and this pizza looks AMAZING! I am your newest follower and can't wait to nose around a bit more on your site! Please follow back!


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