Butternut Squash & Sausage Pizza – The Recipe ReDux

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Homemade pizza – including crust – in about an hour ~ 

I timed it: The flour for homemade pizza crust came out of my kitchen cabinet at 4:13 PM…and at 5:16 PM golden, cheesy Sausage & Butternut Squash Pizza came out of my oven.

1 hour and 3 minutes: Start to finish.

That’s probably not as fast as calling for pizza pick-up on your way home from work; but it’s pretty darn close.

And, THIS is homemade, whole grain crust: Crispy around the edges and chewy, soft in the center. The speedy trick is adding baking powder instead of yeast as the leavener. And since yeast would normally add rich flavor to the crust, whole wheat flour was used for hearty, nutty flavor and aroma.

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Throughout the prep process, I tried to think of other ways to streamline and speed you on your way to homemade pizza in about an hour: For example, butternut squash slices and sweet onions were roasted on a sheet pan – which when removed from the oven, was immediately covered with cornmeal and the pizza crust was placed on the hot pan. Placing the crust on a hot pan helped it cook faster and crisp up the bottom nicely.

The butternut squash sliced thinly so to roast quickly – just 15 minutes – the time it takes you to whip up the crust. Speaking of the crust, don’t overload it with toppings, otherwise it will be doughy in the center – not nice and chewy like this one.

Feel free to customize the toppings as you chose, but I gotta tell you, the sweet and earthy squash with the savory, fennel-herb sausage is a winner…especially with the oregano and fruity olive oil! And keep this crust recipe handy! It’s so quick you could try it with any of the following fab flavor combos from other Recipe ReDuxers – and have pizza on the table in no time.

Sausage & Butternut Squash Pizza – The Recipe ReDux

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • TOPPINGS
  • 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium butternut squash, peeled, thinly sliced in 1/8-inch thick slices
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 cooked lean sausage links, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 cup green olives
  • 2 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • CRUST
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Cornmeal

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, toss onion and squash with 1/2 tablespoon oil and salt; scrape onto large sheet pan. Roast for about 15-20 minutes until barely tender.
  3. While vegetables roast, mix up crust: In a large bowl, mix together flours, baking powder, salt; pour in milk and 2 tablespoons oil and mix until dough leaves the side of the bowl. Gather the dough together with your hands and 'knead' right in the bowl about 10 times. Cover bowl and let rest 15 minutes. Roll into a 12-inch circle (flour on counter generally not necessary.)
  4. Remove vegetables from oven when done and scrape onto a plate. Immediately sprinkle sheet pan with cornmeal. Fold dough circle in half (to make transporting dough to sheet pan easier.) Transport dough onto hot sheet pan and brush with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil; sprinkle with oregano and garlic. Arrange squash around dough in overlapping circular pattern. Top with sausage slices and olives.
  5. Place in oven and bake about 15 minutes until crust begins to turn golden. Remove pizza from oven and sprinkle with cheese. Bake about 5 minutes more until cheese begins to turn golden.
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Comments

  1. I am really glad you timed this Serena as it helps people to see that it doesn’t require much more effort to cook from scratch. I have a pizza stone that I cook my pizzas on – it sits in the oven heating up as the oven does and helps give the crust some crunch.
    Nina @ Whats for eats recently posted..Tandoori Chicken Pizza (The Recipe ReDux)My Profile

  2. Butternut squash is an all time favorite! I can’t believe I never thought to use it as a pizza topping. Yum!
    Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness recently posted..{Recipe ReDux} Lightened Up Southwest PizzaMy Profile

  3. Love the idea of putting the crust on the hot pan to get a crispier crust. I admit that I usually buy my pizza crust but I just may have to try this crust recipe!
    Meal Makeover Mom Janice recently posted..Cheeseburger Pizza Pie BundlesMy Profile

  4. Good to know about this quick healthy pizza crust! I love how fast it comes together.
    Joanne recently posted..Sweet Potato, Kale Pesto, and Brie PizzaMy Profile

  5. I love that you used squash! I love the flavor winter squashes bring to the table.

  6. I love fennel-herb sausage- and this pizza looks fabulous!! I will definitely be trying this crust, but I always have issues overloading the crust… :)
    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon recently posted..Spanish Romesco Pita PizzaMy Profile

  7. Love the thinness of the crust and the addition of butternut squash in a savory setting. Looks too good
    Bridget recently posted..Cinnamon Sweet Potato + Banana PizzaMy Profile

  8. This looks tasty!! I can see why you used squash and sausage together. I bet those flavors work really well together.
    Tanya recently posted..Keys to Attracting Top TalentMy Profile

  9. Yum! I bet the squash would’ve been good pureed as a sauce too!

  10. Great idea. Butternut squash is so delish. I can see this being the talk of the Superbowl party.

  11. It’s me again :) I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to be a part of RR! Great recipes and finding so many new {amazing} blogs :)
    Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness recently posted..{Recipe ReDux} Lightened Up Southwest PizzaMy Profile

  12. I have to admit, sausage is my favorite pizza topping ever. I love the addition of butternut squash slices. What a great way to get more veggies in.
    Christie – Food Done Light recently posted..Egg, Spinach and Canadian Bacon Breakfast Pizza #recipereduxMy Profile

  13. I have never tried squash on pizza – so unique. It looks delicious!
    Jaime recently posted..Baby: Banana Oat Teething BiscuitsMy Profile

  14. I never thought of baking powder! Love the topping combo. Can’t wait to try it :)
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy recently posted..Spicy Broccoli with Peanut SauceMy Profile

  15. I am amazed it only took a little longer than an hour to make this pizza when you made the dough from scratch! I can’t say the same for my pizzas (posting tomorrow), and that’s with pre-made dough!

  16. Serena, I never thought of putting squash on a pizza before, but why not? I know my kids would love the sausage, and my husband and I would enjoy the sweet potato, so it’s got something foe everyone!
    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits recently posted..Coca – a Healthy PizzaMy Profile

  17. Now that is unique! Love it!

  18. HELLO YUM! I would put these toppings on cabbage or portobello mushrooms or on spinach – make it a SALAD! So good! You had me at butternut squash! ;)
    GiGi Eats Celebrities recently posted..Banish Your Kryptonite!My Profile

  19. The thin butternut slices look fantastic, what a nice, different way to serve it!
    cherylmeyer recently posted..Recipe ReDux Pizza PartyMy Profile

  20. A healthy and delicious meal ready in just an hour! Fantastic! Serena, you’re so full of kitchen wisdom..wish we were neighbors…seriously. I usually take the shortcut and use a pre made whole wheat pizza dough but I’m def going to try your recipe. I shall let you know very soon ;). Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
    Min recently posted..Bulgogi Kimchi Whole Wheat PizzaMy Profile

  21. Yum! This looks so good! And I love your tips about using a hot pan for the crust, very smart!

  22. Crust looks delicious! Going to try this one soon! Love the idea of butternut squash on pizza- so creative!
    Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) recently posted..Raising a Healthy Baby: Ready for Solids?My Profile

  23. very unique! Yum!
    Sarah Grace recently posted..Banana Bread Pizza Crust ~ 2 ways [Paleo and GF option]My Profile

  24. I will trust you that this is a fabulous combination as is. It certainly sounds delicious to me, and I can’t wait to put these toppings on a gluten-free crust. Yum, yum :-)
    EA Stewart recently posted..Recipe ReDux: Farmers Market BLT & Avocado Chopped Salad PizzaMy Profile

  25. The irony is the “speed” of calling for delivery depends on where you live, right Serena :) Great flavor combo!!

  26. Wow- I love the combination of ingredients in this pizza as well as many of the others listed in the linky. I will be trying some new pizza flavor combos for months to come!
    Elizabeth @ Eating Local in the Lou recently posted..Edamame and Brown Rice with Soy and CitrusMy Profile

  27. No matter what else I top a pizza with, my daughters are guaranteed to eat every bite if olives are one of the toppings. Sausage on the other hand, that would win over the hubbie:)
    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes recently posted..apple and cheddar pizzettes with caramelized onionMy Profile

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