years ago, two of my friends cooked a butternut squash pizza recipe out of a cookbook called the cook’s encyclopedia of vegetarian cooking and i was smitten. with the pizza and with the cookbook that contained this delicious recipe. i set about trying to buy a copy of the cookbook myself and was dismayed to find that it was out of print. luckily my aunt and her husband are book-finding super sleuths and soon i had my very own copy of the book. every recipe that i’ve tried in the cookbook since has been quite tasty.
but let’s focus on this butternut squash pizza, shall we? i have to say, i did make one major change to the recipe. as pizza recipes often do, this one called for a tomato sauce base. and i made it that way the first time. but i found the tomato sauce/butternut squash/goat cheese/sage thing wasn’t really working for me. so the next time i made the recipe, i tried half with tomato sauce and half with olive oil instead. aaaaand that was the last time i ever put any tomato sauce on this pizza. using just the olive oil let the subtle flavor of the butternut squash really come through and it also played much better with the goat cheese and the sage.
the flavors work so well together, in fact, that i don’t think you should limit them to just pizza. the roasted butternut squash, sage, goat cheese dream team would also be delicious on pasta or gnocchi (i would leave out the mozzarella). or even on their own as a side dish!
now, at the risk of exposing that i am not a thanksgiving traditionalist, i will just say that my family has enjoyed this pizza as part of our thanksgiving menu several times now. the squash can be roasted in advance, the cheeses can be crumbled, grated, and at the ready, you’re going to be buying a bunch of sage anyway… just think about it. if you crank the oven temperature all the way up, the pizza only needs to bake for 11 minutes so you could put it in the oven after the turkey comes out to rest. i’m just trying to maximize the number of times you get to eat this butternut squash pizza during squash season. but even if you don’t have this butternut squash pizza on your thanksgiving table, i hope it won’t be too long before you try it.
nutrition facts are per slice, assuming 8 slices per pizza
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