We all crave pizza and because it’s so simple to make or order, it’s easy to have it at least once a week. Since pizza isn’t that good for you, our Pumpkin Pizza recipe is the perfect way to use your leftover Jack O’ lantern carvings and make pizza a healthier option for dinner. This delicious recipe can be a simple gourmet meal for any occasion, and because it’s almost Halloween most of us have extra pumpkin that we don’t know what to do with. If you have 45 minutes, you can make this yummy pizza for your friends, family or just yourself because you may not want to share it.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Makes 1 12-inch pizza
1 prepared pizza dough
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup diced pumpkin
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 cups shredded skim mozzarella cheese
¼ crumbled blue cheese
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 garlic cloves
salt and pepper
1.In a small pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes until garlic is almost golden. Remove from heat and set aside.
2.Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the pumpkin and sauté until golden, about 10 minutes. Add ½ cup water, brown sugar, and season with salt and pepper. Stir, cover and simmer until just tender, about 15 minutes. Uncover and reduce liquid until evaporated.
3.Roll out pizza dough on parchment paper until desired thickness; we recommend 1/4-inch to support the toppings.
4.Brush the dough with garlic oil leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Divide pumpkin, spinach, blue cheese and pine nuts over the pizza.
Amanda Garbutt is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients
by Amanda Garbutt