Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza

A couple of evenings ago my phone danced around on the kitchen table, alerting me of a new text. “I’ve some got butternut squash from my parent’s garden for ya. Can I drop by real quick?”

Sa-weeeeet. We hadn’t grown any butternut squash in our garden this year (or ever), so when Carly brought the two honkin’ mothers over, I felt like the Fall Fairy was blessing me with the fruit of its loin and granting me golden permission to enter the season.

I should have dressed up.

So as I stared at the two beauts in my kitchen yesterday, scratching my armpits, I decided I was way too lazy to drive to the grocery store. I needed to stay put, stay in my yoga pants and stay on the course!

(what is she even talking about, you guys?)

Things started to beautifully unfold in my life as I remembered two frozen dough balls we’d made a while back. My heart began to flutter as I glanced out at the garden and saw my kale plant winking at me. My eyes widened as I looked down at 4 small red onions in the crisper with their hands clasped in a desperate plea.

P-I-Z-Z-A, whaaaaaa!

AND, the rest is history.

Delicious, delicious history.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza:

What it took for 2 pizzas:

* 2 (1/2 pound) balls pizza dough
* 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
* 1 bunch kale, rinsed and cut into 2-inch ribbons
* 4 small red onions, quartered (or 1/2 a large red onion, sliced)
* 3 garlic cloves, sliced
* 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
* 3 sprigs thyme
* 6 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil, divided
* pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* fresh parmesan shavings for garnish

Preheat oven to 400.

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash and red onions with 2 Tbs. oil, the thyme and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast 30 minutes, checking at 20 and tossing.

In a medium skillet, heat 2 Tbs. oil over medium-high. Add the garlic and bloom 30 seconds. Add the kale and saute 2 minutes, until slightly softened. Remove from heat.

Roll out each ball of dough on a floured surface. Brush each crust with a Tbs oil, followed by a cup of shredded mozzarella. Top with sautéed kale and the roasted squash/onion mixture.

Stick back in the oven for 10 more minutes.

Top with a good grating of cheese and enjoy this life as you know it.

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63 Responses to Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza

  1. Katie September 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm #
    I think this is my favorite recipe of yours that I've ever read. So many insanely delicious, butternut squash (roasted!) and kale! Okay, that's only 3 delicious things, but a heck of a combination nonetheless. I'll be there for lunch. Mmmkay?
  2. carly {carlyklock} September 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm #
    I'm glad we learned that there's no such thing as a 'drop by' in the Weidner household. There's also apparently, no such thing as a leaving as sober as you came. Thanks for the glass of wine! Now, what will you do with the other honkin' mother? Or did you roast them both already?
    • Bev Weidner September 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm #
      Yeah, I'm not sure if it's good thing or a dangerous thing that there's no such thing as a "drop by." ;) The other honkin' mother is still looking at me. No ideas just yet!
  3. Bernadette September 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm #
    Can you just stop by my house and make this for me, please? Dang, that looks good!
  4. Deborah September 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm #
    I seriously just made my menu for the next week, and I have 2 recipes with butternut squash in them! That may now change to 3 recipes...
  5. Lisa @ Life in Green September 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm #
    Girl! That looks amazing...good job on the usage of localyl grown ingredients. Is your kale growing out your ears? Mine sure is!
  6. Tasha September 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm #
    Every time someone talks about a friend of theirs who shares produce from their garden, I always wonder what I am doing wrong that I don't these kind of generous friends. This pizza sounds amazing. Even if I will have to go buy my own veggies to make it.
  7. Laurie @SimplyScratch September 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm #
    This totally rocks my world!
  8. Niki of Spilled Ingredients September 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm #
    Mmm, I have one of those honkin mothers too, and am saving it for a savory butternut squash risotto... now to make the time to do so. Roasting it with kale strips sounds very tempting too.
  9. Prerna@IndianSimmer September 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm #
    Nom NOm NOm!! If all pizzas were this healthy and GREEN I would make it a point to have one everyday! That's a great recipe!
  10. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm #
    Omg this looks SO GOOD!! Ok not sure if you've watched it but the Pioneer Woman has a cooking show on FoodNetwork and Ive only seen one episode ( i think only 2 or 3 have even aired) but she made pizza on the last show...and your pizza reminds me of what she did sort of....except yours looks better, is vegetarian (vegan if not for the dough), and the roasted squash and kale..swoon. And your photography. To.Die.For.
  11. Brooke September 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm #
    And that was the day orange became her favorite color...
  12. Maris (In Good Taste) September 15, 2011 at 11:52 pm #
    Incredible photos and incredible pizza! Awesome job!
  13. Cassie (Bake Your Day) September 16, 2011 at 12:07 am #
    I'm glad you are my friend Bev. Why have I never thought of putting roasted butternut squash on pizza? Fantastic!
  14. MyPeaceOfFood September 16, 2011 at 12:16 am #
    Oh my gosh that looks so good, and I swear I'm not hungry. What a good way to get your veggies in...even my son would eat this!
  15. Tracey September 16, 2011 at 2:26 am #
    All I can say is YUM! :)
  16. Chris September 16, 2011 at 2:32 am #
    With fall knocking at the door, this pizza will be a perfect meal. Excited I just found your blog! Can't wait to check out more of your beautiful dishes!
  17. Heidi / foodiecrush September 16, 2011 at 4:02 am #
    Thin. Crust. Golden. Done.
  18. Kat @ Big Apple Little Kitchen September 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm #
    That looks divine! I love throwing random ingredients on pizza dough and seeing what comes out. Can anything suck on top of a pizza??
  19. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. September 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm #
    love this one! So pretty! How did you get the crust that thin looking? I always have a tough time with that
    • Bev Weidner September 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm #
      Thank you, Alison! I just rolled it out pretty thin with my rolling pin. And then rolled it some more. And then tossed it up on the air like a professional. And then picked it up from the floor because I'm not a professional. And then rolled it out a little more. ;)
  20. Cookin' Cowgirl September 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm #
    OH YUM! Bring on the fall flavors!
  21. Joanne September 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm #
    I cooked with my first butternut squash of the season last night...and it felt kind of like Christmas. When I make this pizza (oh yes...there is a WHEN) it's gonna feel like Christmas SQUARED. I know it.
  22. Cookie and Kate September 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm #
    Wow, that looks great! Today is the first day that really feels like fall and I'm craving butternut squash.
  23. myFudo September 17, 2011 at 12:10 am #
    Wonderful,no words for this.
  24. Chloe Madison Marie September 17, 2011 at 8:44 am #
    Now this is what I call pizza, I've always been such a fan of gourmet pizza since... UM.. California Pizza Kitchen, but homemade is simply the best.
  25. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily September 18, 2011 at 12:10 am #
    What a great idea! I love BN squash and kale but not your traditional pizza oddly enough. This is something I could totally dig. p.s. teeheee on the tossing the dough in the air bit ;)
  26. Lisa {With Style and Grace} September 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm #
    I want, no I need to make this, right NOW.
  27. genevieve September 21, 2011 at 2:58 am #
    I seriously need to make this. Vegetarian awesomeness? Check. Kale? Check. Perfect, autumn-tastic b-nut squash? CHECK.
  28. Dave September 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm #
    Made this last night--fantastic recipe! I was looking for a way to get rid of some kale, and this was definitely the way to go.
  29. Cindie October 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm #
    That looks so delicious, definitely have to try this one! I can't wait to hit the grocery store and arm myself with some yummy fall vegetables.
  30. Ashley M January 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm #
    I just made this recipe for a girls night, (the Harry Potter Scene It game was also involved) and it was SO delicious. We were hoping it would be good, but it's hard to describe JUST how yummy this pizza was. I was worried about the kale being too bitter, but it paired perfectly with the garlic and the sweet squash. Thanks Bev!
  31. bethany January 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm #
    delicious! made this for some friends and we all loved it. I found a box of "Baby Kale" that worked great and looked pretty on the pizza. :)
  32. LaurenL March 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm #
    This looks delicious! Love the colorful veggies on it. My son is incorporating Blood Type A diet foods and this is spot on with all the ingredients. All I have to do is make the dough from spelt flour and we're good to go!
  33. Lucy October 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm #
    Obsessed with this pizza now. THank you for breaking it down and making it easy.
  34. Shalini August 12, 2013 at 12:16 am #
    Unbelievable! It was soooo yummy!
  35. Andreas December 11, 2014 at 10:10 am #
    Can you tell us more about this? I'd love to find out more details.
  36. plasterer bristol June 22, 2015 at 7:20 am #
    This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this. Simon
  37. felicia | Dish by Dish September 22, 2015 at 10:26 am #
    Hi Bev! This pizza looks amazing! I’d love to include your recipe in a butternut squash round up I’m doing for Parade Magazine this month. If you’re fine with it, I’d love to use one of your photos with a link back to your original post ( Let me know your thoughts, and thanks so much! Felicia
    • Bev Weidner September 22, 2015 at 10:32 am #
      Sure thing! Have at it, and thank you!
      • felicia | Dish by Dish October 1, 2015 at 1:06 pm #
        Hey Bev! I just wanted to let you know that the butternut squash round up is now up on Parage Magazine ( Would love if you could share it with your followers as it's getting quite a bit of traction! Thanks so much once again for letting me include you recipe!


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