Butternut Squash Pizza is made from a gluten-free pizza crust, covered in a creamy butternut squash pasta sauce, and then topped with beets, caramelized onions, kale, and dried cranberries! This gluten-free pizza can easily be made vegan and will change up the way you think about your favorite pie!
Butternut Squash Pizza Created From Leftovers!
A few weeks ago I made an entire batch of this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup along with this Pumpkin Chicken Chili and then had less than half of the expected dinner guests come over to enjoy the feast.
Not wanting to eat just soup for days, I decided to get a little creative and make this Butternut Squash Pizza!
Unlike traditional gluten-filled and gluten-free pizza, this pizza does not have any marinara sauce but instead boasts a smooth and creamy butternut squash sauce.
Feel free to use up leftover Butternut Squash Soup, or follow the directions below to make your own butternut squash pizza and pasta sauce from scratch.
Let’s dive into how to make butternut squash pizza, the best gluten-free pizza crust to use, what toppings to put on your Fall-inspired gluten-free pizza, and butternut squash health benefits!
How to Make Butternut Squash Pizza
As you will see below, it is actually super easy to make and cook gluten-free pizza…
Especially when you buy a previously frozen gluten-free pizza crust.
However, I know how challenging and frustrating it can be to stand in front of the frozen pizza section, overwhelmed by the selection and hefty price tags attached to the gluten-free pizza crusts.
You’re hesitant to get any for fear they will be a flaky, cardboard-tasting, disaster.
Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
So without further ado, my all-time favorite frozen gluten-free pizza crusts:
- Caulipower gluten-free pizza crust – our GO-TO for frozen pizza crusts. It has a great texture, does not crumble, and pretty good flavor.
- Udi’s gluten-free pizza crust – another great option if you don’t want veggies in your crust and can normally be found in most grocery stores!
- Schar’s gluten-free pizza crust – I have not personally tried this crust, but I know their gluten-free bread is amazing so I am sure their pizza is, too!
- I would not recommend purchasing these crusts online since they will cost A LOT more to buy in a case! Instead, these links are to show you what the packaging looks like so you can find it in your grocery store.
Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
Now that you have your gluten-free pizza crust, it’s time to whip up your butternut squash pasta sauce.
I say “pasta” sauce, because you can use this butternut squash sauce recipe on pastas or as a creamy sauce on this pizza.
- First, toss cubed butternut squash with a touch of olive oil and bake for 20 minutes, or until squash is fork-tender.
- Next, add your roasted butternut squash, salt, garlic, veggie or chicken broth, ginger, and salt to a food processor or high-speed blender.
- The Nutribullet works great form small projects like this!
- Store your butternut squash pasta sauce in the refrigerator until future use up to 4 days, or spread it on a gluten-free pizza crust as shown below!
Butternut Squash Pizza Toppings
Wanting to compliment the wonderful Fall flavors naturally inherent in butternut squash, many of the toppings included on this butternut squash pizza have very similar “Fall-esque” flavor profiles:
- Caramelized onions: Really, we could stop right here because ANYTHING with caramelized onions is going to be FAB.
- Beets: You can either peel and cook your own or buy already cooked beets in your produce section.
- LoveBeets are awesome on pizzas, in salads, or to put in smoothies!
- Kale: Finely chopped kale gets added to the butternut squash pizza and crisps up nicely when cooked in the oven!
- Goat cheese: Totally optional if you are dairy-free or vegan, but adds an extra layer of creaminess to the pizza.
- You can sub dairy-free ricotta cheese for the goat cheese!
- Dried cranberries: Make sure you save these to put on your pizza until AFTER it comes out of the oven.
Butternut Squash Health Benefits
Butternut squash is full of nutrition and boasts numerous health benefits such as:
- One serving of butternut squash is full of Vitamin A(450% RDI), Vitamin C (50% RDI), and Potassium (18% RDI)
- High in antioxidants, mainly carotenoids, that help reduce inflammation and fight cancer.
- Helps boost the immune system and fight illnesses such as the common cold.
- The potassium and manganese found in butternut squash helps make bones stronger and guards against osteoporosis.
Not to mention, it makes a pretty awesome and incredibly creamy butternut squash pasta sauce that could rival just about any Alfredo sauce in town!!
Butternut Squash Recipes:
If you’re not totally convinced that putting butternut squash sauce on a gluten-free pizza crust is your cup of tea, no worries!
Here are a few other squash recipes you can try:
- Maple Glazed Oven Baked Chicken Thighs and Veggies
- Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Turkey
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk
- Spaghetti Squash Chicken Pad Thai
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- 1 gluten-free pizza crust frozen
- 1 cup butternut squash cut into ½-inch cubes
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 3 Tbsp. broth chicken or veggie
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. ginger crushed
- 1 sweet onion thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- ½ teaspoon salt to taste
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. water
- 2 oz. beets cooked and peeled
- 2 oz. goat cheese crumbled*
- 3 Tbsp. kale finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries coarsely chopped
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Toss butternut squash in 1 teaspoon olive oil and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes.
- While butternut squash is cooking, drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil into a large skillet with onion. Cook covered for 10-12 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Add 2 cloves crushed garlic, salt, and water to skillet and continue cooking over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, or until onions are caramelized.
- Once butternut squash is done cooking, place it in a food processor or blender with broth, ¼ teaspoon salt and ginger. Process until smooth.
- Place pizza crust on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread butternut squash sauce over frozen pizza crust.
- Next, layer onions, beets, goat cheese, and chopped kale. Reserve the dried cranberries for serving.
- Bake pizza in preheated oven according to package directions.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle dried cranberries and additional kale over pizza and enjoy!
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Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.