This Butternut Squash & Sausage Pizza will quickly become your next fall obsession, guaranteed. Give it a try and you’ll see just how delicious it is.
I am always looking for new and interesting pizza toppings. This butternut squash and sausage pizza is now a household favorite. The flavor combination of butternut squash and sausage is irresistible. Of course they belong on a pizza. Why didn’t I think of this sooner! If you love these flavors together then try this butternut squash sausage soup.
When you’re looking for an alternative to your typical pepperoni pizza, consider making this one instead. It’s perfect for fall celebrations and get togethers. And it’s easy to make. What more can you ask for. We also love this Philly Cheesesteak pizza.
You can make your own pizza dough (be sure to follow our perfect every time thin-crust dough recipe), but if you’re in a hurry, pre-cooked pizza dough is one of the best time-saving conveniences there are.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Pizza dough – I use this homemade recipe which is quick to make and turns out nice and chewy. You can also buy any pizza crust you like.
For the sauce
- Butter– I used salted butter for this recipe.
- All-purpose flour
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
For the toppings
- Butternut squash – Chopped into small cubes so you can sauté them with the sausage and onion before adding to the pizza
- Italian sausage – You can use any ground pork you like, doesn’t have to be Italian sausage. I like Jimmy Dean sage sausage.
- Onion – White or yellow onion works best.
- Mozzarella cheese
- Rosemary – fresh or dried
How to Make Butternut Squash Pizza
There are three things you need to do before you can get this pizza put together.
- Make the pizza dough and spread it out to the size you want. I like to make personal-sized pizzas formed in an oblong shape that can be cut into 4 square pieces. You can make your round or square – whatever you like.
- Chop and sauté the butternut squash, sausage and onions.
- Make the cream sauce, which only takes about 5 minutes. It’s super quick.
Once you have all the topping ingredients ready, all you have to do is dress up the pizza and bake it.
Step One: Spread the sauce over the dough.
Step Two: Add the butternut squash and sausage topping
Step Three: Add the mozzarella cheese and sprinkle on the dried rosemary.
Step Four: Bake
This pizza takes about 8-10 minutes to bake. Once you take it out of the oven, you can slice it up and serve it right away.
How to Cook a Pizza
The very best option is in a wood-fired oven. If you have one of these, I’m jealous.
The best option for most people is in the oven. However, I do love this Betty Crocker Countertop Pizza Maker. This 12″ pizza pan & indoor grill has an easy to clean because of the nonstick surface.
This awesome little machine can cook up to a 12-inch pizza (plus lots of other items – almost like an air fryer). The best feature is the top and bottom heating elements that enable the pizza crust to cook while the toppings are cooking.
If for some reason you don’t really love butternut squash, you can substitute it with pumpkin or sweet potato. All three have similar sweetness that pairs really well with sausage.
I love to use Jimmy Dean’s sage sausage for this pizza, but when that’s not available, any ground pork sausage will work. If you want to make this a vegetarian pizza, you can increase the amount of onions, or replace with a meatless sausage.
What Rack of the Oven Should You Cook Your Pizza On?
Have you ever wondered if it makes a difference which rack you cook the pizza on? I definitely have. I actually read a bunch of scientific cooking demos that explained the difference between what happens on the top vs the bottom of the oven.
The conclusion was that it’s best to cook the pizza on the top rack. It allows for the most even cooking of both the crust and the toppings, so one doesn’t burn before the other cooks. Give it a try!
Tips & Notes
- To save time you can buy packaged butternut squash that has been peeled and chopped.
- You can easily use store bought pizza crust or premade pizza dough.
- You can add roasted butternut squash to change up the flavor. Try using this recipe to cook the squash in the air fryer.
Other Recipes to Try
- Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
- Perfect Taco Pizza
- Easy Sloppy Joes
- Acorn Squash with Sausage Stuffing
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Butternut Squash & Sausage Pizza
For the sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the topping
- 1 cup butternut squash chopped into small cubes
- 4 ounces Italian sausage
- 1/2 small white onion chopped
- 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 teaspoon rosemary fresh or dried
- Pre-heat the oven to 400° F.
For the dough
- Using your hands, form the pizza dough into a round or oblong shape. Place it on a pizza stone.
For the sauce
For the topping
- Add the sausage to a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat and cook until browned, breaking the pieces up into small bits with a spatula.
- Add the butternut squash and onion to the pan and stir to combine. Continue to cook over medium heat for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
To assemble the pizza
- Spread as much of the sauce onto the dough as desired. Add the butternut squash and sausage topping and sprinkle on the mozzerella cheese and dried rosemary. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Check the crust. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes, if necessary.
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Laura is a home cook, with 25 years experience behind the stove, who spends an extraordinary amount of time in the kitchen cooking. She loves making new recipes and finding wonderful new things to eat, both at home or abroad. She spends a lot of time researching, crafting, and perfecting her recipes and currently has a cookbook in development.