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Butternut Squash and Sausage Pizza
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
A savory, fall-inspired roasted butternut squash and sausage pizza with garlicky sautéed mushrooms and fresh herbs.
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butternut squash and sausage pizza
Makes: 4 servings
Author: Elizabeth Stark
  • 1 small butternut squash peeled, seeded, and sliced into 1/2-inch triangle
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed, or other heat-tolerant oil, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces shiitake or other mushrooms, stemmed, brushed dry, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, and minced
  • 12 ounces sweet Italian sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 1 pound pizza dough, divided in 2 equal halves (use store bought or this recipe)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 12 ounces low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  1. To prep the squash, preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To make the pizzas, preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  6. 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.

  7. 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.
  8. Repeat for second pizza.
  9. Cool pizza briefly, then slice, and serve.