Between M and I, we have very few repetitious patterns. On any given day, we fly by the seat of our pants. I think part of this is because neither of us have set times to be some place during the day, we work until we feel like we can wrap up the day, and now with Mack, no day ever looks the same. However, there is one thing we can both agree on (and I think Mack will love when he gets older), each week we have a pizza night. For us, pizza making is a communal activity- it's such a great way to catch up from our days and spend time together.
Variations for Delicata Squash Pizza
After making this pizza for the first time, I had a desire to add more. I thought this pizza felt too simple and that it had to be missing something. But as I made it again and again, I realized it wasn't missing anything- it was delicious as is. The secret and what makes this pizza, is the cooking of the squash and onions together then tossing with garlic. When cooking, I tend to shy away from the well cooked items because there's no coming back from burnt (you can, however, always cook something more). However, you want a nice caramelization on the squash so push towards the well cooked.
The Squash: I'm officially out of delicata squash now but I can easily see myself making this pizza with any other type of squash or even Brussels Sprouts- it's easy enough to mix up the main topping.
The Cheese: I used whole milk mozzarella nearly every time because the flavor the squash/onions/garlic is so good. However, a couple times I had some smoked mozzarella and that was really good. You can use any of your favorite pizza cheese but I might caution against cheddar- I find the flavor to compete with the squash.
The Dough: Save time! You can make pizza dough ahead of time and store in the refrigerator or a few stores (like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods) have pre-made dough in their refrigerated section. This has been a bit of a lifesaver since Mack was born- I realize it's 6pm and I haven't even thought about starting the dough!
Delicata Squash Pizza
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 35 mins
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- 1 delicata squash
- ½ medium red onion
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons shredded basil, plus extra for topping.
- 3 to 4 ounces shredded mozzarella or smoked mozzarella
- ½ ball whole wheat pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
- Cut the squash and onions into thin slices, about ⅛" thick. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add in the squash and onion slices, stirring occasionally. Let cook until mixture starts to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add in garlic, cook for one more minute. Remove from heat and stir in the basil.
- Preheat oven to 450˚. Roll the pizza dough out in a rectangle that is roughly 8” by 12”. Transfer to a sheet tray.
- Brush the crust with olive oil then sprinkle the delicata squash mixture evenly over the dough. Sprinkle with 3 ounces of shredded cheese and add more as desired. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until crust has browned and cheese has melted. Sprinkle with extra basil and serve.
dixya | food, pleasure, and health says
pizza used to be a weekly thing at my house to but lately, we been so busy to eat a decent meal at home. I will have to bring this tradition back soon.
I love the simplicity of this - sounds perfect and so comforting!
I wonder if I could get my little one to eat squash this way, or if he'd complain about "yellow" being on his beloved pizza. Worth a try!
Love this combo on pizza and I like to add chopped apple to it as well! Yum.
I've got a seasonal pizza on the blog too this week. Cold weather just goes so well with home baked piza right? Thanks for sharing your lovely idea.
I think this is going to be a winner this weekend! 😀 Alice xx
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says
Love how you sauteed the squash and onions for extra caramelized flavor. Seasonal pizza is always a hit!
Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet says
You are totally speaking my pizza love language here. LOVE all the flavors packed into this pizza! I almost always saute my veggies before putting them on a pizza to make them more caramelized. Pinning!
Caramelized squash and onions can do no wrong, and when combined with pizza, might be the most perfect expression of themselves. I'd love to see what else you throw onto pizza.
Oh YUM! This sounds like the perfect fall pizza 🙂
Just made this tonight and it was FABULOUS! My 11-year-old daughter made the dough while I stood at the stove fussing over the garlic/onion/squash mixture. I miscalculated the time it would take to get the squash done and by the time I'd finished, our dough had nearly quadrupled in size! Turns out that this does really well as a thick-crust pizza - we just slathered on some garlic oil before putting on the toppings to keep it from being too dry. Thanks so much for sharing!
I just made this for lunch. I used pre-made naan bread for the crust and drizzled a balsamic reduction on it after the cheese melted. Delicious.
We were looking for more creative ways to use up some delicata squash, and this hit the spot perfectly! We used sliced fresh mozz instead of shredded, and sage instead of basil, because that's what we had on hand, but the most important ingredients are clearly the delicious browned onions and squash slices with garlic. Delish!