Butternut Squash, Spinach, Bacon Pizza

by Kelli H. on November 23, 2013

I made this pizza about a month ago. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to share it, but at last here it is on my blog, making it’s grand appearance.

David laughs at me around this time of the year because every week there’s something on our menu that revolves around either sweet potatoes or butternut squash. For example I’m working on our weekly menu right now and I have Butternut Squash Quinoa Gratin AND Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Roasted Almonds. Yup, David will be really excited about this weeks menu (not), but it should also be noted I have three dishes planned with meat not to mention the monstrous dinner planned for Thursday.

Awww…Thursday…Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No gift-giving, no frills. Nope, it’s not a Hallmark Holiday. It’s just a day that revolves around spending time with family and eating a ridiculously delicious meal. It’s probably the foodie in me that makes me look forward to Thanksgiving as soon as September hits every year.

This pizza is definitely not related to Thanksgiving, but I did just think how delicious this pizza would be as an appetizer for Thanksgiving day. People probably don’t make pizza as an appetizer on Thanksgiving, but hey, maybe they should!

In the past my family has been known to go overboard on appetizers during Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s pretty classic; family arrives, appetizers are set out on the table, drinks start flowing, and before you know it, we’ve all been sitting/standing around the table eating and drinking for at least an hour. Then we kind of nibble on what’s left randomly until we’re all sufficiently stuffed and talking about how next year we should bring less appetizers. Does anyone else’s family do that?

Or how about the one year we actually listened to ourselves and didn’t bring appetizers?! I think there was one, and it was so so sad. We all missed our appetizers, but no doubt we were hungry for dinner that year. I don’t ever want that to happen again! While we may not have found the happy medium of perfect appetizers to serve before Thanksgiving, there might not be anything more sad than showing up to a holiday party and realizing there’s not enough appetizers.

Well, I’m not sure how I got on to that whole tangent, but you should definitely try this pizza. It’s pretty dang easy to make once you have your basics taken care of; pizza dough and roasted butternut squash prepared. Besides that this pizza comes together quickly. Pizza served with a salad and beer is one of my favorite meals in the whole entire world.

I liked the marinara sauce, but while eating it I was thinking how delicious pesto would be, or just garlic and olive oil rubbed on the dough. It’s easily adaptable to fit your needs. The most important part is the butternut squash and bacon, right?

Butternut Squash, Spinach, Bacon Pizza

1 pizza dough
1/2 cup marinara sauce
2 cups diced roasted butternut squash*
2-3 large handfuls of spinach
4 slices bacon, diced
4-6 oz jack cheese

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. If using a pizza stone put the stone in the oven while it’s preheating.

2. In a small nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until almost crispy. Remove bacon from pan and set aside on a plate lined with a paper towel.

3. Roll pizza dough out and spoon on marinara sauce all over dough. Pile on the spinach, butternut squash, cheese, and bacon. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust and toppings are lightly browned. Remove from oven, let sit a few minutes, cut, and serve.

Notes:
* For the butternut squash, peel and dice a 1-2 pound butternut squash. Scoop out seeds and dice. Drizzle a little olive oil over the butternut squash, season with salt and pepper, and bake in a 400 degree preheated oven. Bake butternut squash for about 20-25 minutes. Stirring up the butternut squash once during baking. Remove from oven and use on pizza. 
* Really pile on the spinach, people! It shrinks up so much. Make it tall with spinach and then add on your toppings. 

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Mary Callan November 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

wonderful flavors – simply delicious
Mary x

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Emily November 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

This pizza looks amazing. Not sure I would be able to convince my husband that squash on pizza would be a good thing but I am in.

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Made in Sonoma November 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

haha, Yeah, guys are so tough sometimes…Luckily as long as it’s pizza David doesn’t really care what’s on it.

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SuperCutePetContest November 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm

That sounds like heaven!! I don’t think my husband would be like it too much either, but that just means there’s more for me.

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Sarah Cook November 25, 2013 at 5:13 am

Okay, this looks awesome. I mean, I can’t have the bacon but I bet it tastes great on there! 🙂

I’m the same way about waiting to share stuff on the blog. I have an eggplant rolatini recipe just sitting there and I don’t plan to share until at least a few weeks from now.

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Meghan November 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm

This looks amazing! I am fairly certain I am about to become a butternut squash with the amount I have been eating!

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Made in Sonoma November 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

haha, me too!

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