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 it belongs on a pizza!
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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.
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.
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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.
- Chop and saute 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.
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. 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.
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 saugage 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!
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Butternut Squash & Sausage Pizza
- Pizza dough
For the sauce
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp All-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup milk or water
- 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
For the topping
- 1 1/2 cup butternut squash, chopped into small cubes
- 6 oz Italian sausage
- 1 white onion
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 tbsp finely chopped rosemary fresh or dried
For the dough
- Using your hands, form the pizza dough into a round or oblong shape
For the sauce
For the topping
- Add the sausage to a medium-sized skillet over medium heat and allow to cook for 5 minute. Break the pieces up into small bits.
- Add the butternut squash and onion and stir to combine. Continue to cook over medium heat for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
For the pizza
- This recipe makes 2 pizzas, so prepare two dough rounds and half the ingredients among the two.
- Put the pizza doughs on baking paper or directly on a baking sheet.
- Add the sauce and spread evenly. Add the topping and the mozzerella cheese. Bake in the oven on 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Test the crust. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes until the crust is cooked through.