Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Pesto Pizza

Perfect Pairing:  Leftover ingredients


Meet my new favorite pizza. 


So many good things on one crust!!  Admittedly, there is some prep work that goes into this because you are roasting squash and caramelizing onions.  I recommend doing big batches of each, and use them in other dishes.  Allow me to provide some ideas.

Roasted Butternut Squash


Caramelized Onions


All Purpose Breakfast Casserole (squash would be delish in this too)


I actually made this pizza because I had already planned on making Butternut Squash risotto, so I just roasted extra squash. 


You top premade crust with pesto.  Store-bought is just fine!  I had lots of homemade pesto for this recipe because my mom and I had just made 10+ batches for the freezer.  Her basil plant was legit out of control.  I buy 10 leaves of basil at the grocery store for $2 and she has a forest of the stuff.  I have zero sunshine and the opposite of a green thumb, so no chance of me growing any myself.


A generous layer of caramelized onions.


An adorable photobomber.


A layer of roasted squash.


Top with some cheese...


And bake!


So stinking good, my friends. 


Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Pesto Pizza

Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing

  • 2 cups peeled, cubed butternut squash
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tb butter
  • 1 Tb brown sugar
  • 1 premade pizza crust
  • ½ cup pesto (store bought is fine)
  • 1 ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • Shredded parmesan, optional

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Toss the squash cubes in a large bowl with the olive oil, season generously with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven on a cookie sheet for 40-50 minutes, until the squash is soft.  Stir twice during roasting. 

While the squash is roasting, caramelize the onions by melting the butter in a pan, add the onions and brown sugar, cook until the onions are golden brown.  This should take about 45 minutes.

Top the premade pizza crust evenly with pesto, caramelized onions, roasted squash, and shredded cheese.  Bake according to crust instructions.


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