A savory, fall-inspired roasted butternut squash and sausage pizza with garlicky sautéed mushrooms and fresh herbs.
butternut squash and sausage pizza
Author: Elizabeth Stark
1small butternut squashpeeled, seeded, and sliced into 1/2-inch triangle
1tablespoongrapeseed,or other heat-tolerant oil, plus more as needed
1/2teaspoonsea salt,plus more as needed
1/4teaspoonred pepper flakes
8ouncesshiitakeor other mushrooms, stemmed, brushed dry, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
2tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil
1clovesgarlic,smashed, peeled, and minced
12ouncessweet Italian sausage,sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
1poundpizza dough,divided in 2 equal halves (use store bought or this recipe)
Extra virgin olive oil
12ounceslow-moisture mozzarella cheese,shredded
To prep the squash, preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Toss squash with grapeseed oil, sea salt, and red pepper flakes. Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet with plenty of room. Roasted 20 minutes, then carefully flip each slice, and roast 10 - 15 minutes more, or until both sides are crisp and golden. Set aside to cool. Squash can be roasted ahead, cooled, and kept covered in the fridge.
Set a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When hot, add half of the mushrooms and sprinkle with sea salt. Sauté 4 minutes, then add garlic, turn, and sauté 3 minutes more, or until mushrooms are crisp and golden. Set aside to cool; wipe pan clean. Mushrooms can be sautéed ahead, cooled, and kept covered in the fridge.
Heat the same skillet over medium/medium-high heat. If needed, add a drizzle of grapeseed oil. Add half the sausage and sear untouched 4 minutes. Flip sausage and sear 4 minutes more. (Note that if using uncooked sausage, cook time will be longer.) Set sausage in a paper towel-lined bowl and set aside to cool.
To make the pizzas, preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Working one at a time, stretch pizza dough out to cover each of two pizza pans. If dough becomes hard to work with, let it rest 5 minutes at room temperature.
Make the pizzas one a time time. Drizzle dough with olive oil; use a brush to distribute. Sprinkle with sea salt. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Scatter pizza with roasted squash, sautéed mushrooms, and half the sausage. Bake 8 - 10 minutes or until pizza is golden and cheese is melted and bubbling. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon minced parsley.