This is not your typical pizza – no tomatoes in sight, but plenty of butternut squash, broccoli and lovely sweet red onion. I cheated on this one and bought a ready made base, but the recipe I was following does suggest buying a dough mix – or there are plenty of recipes online on doing it from scratch if you’re so inclined.
Ingredients for one pizza topping:
- 1/2 butternut squash
- 3 garlic cloves
- 250g broccoli – ideally tenderstem or purple sprouting
- 1/2 red onion
- bacon (optional)
- pizza base/dough
This assumes you have a pre-made base ready, so if not then adapt the recipe based on your approach. You can also be very flexible on toppings – if the below doesn’t sound enough you could easiy supplement with pine nuts or other nuts, chicken, sundried or fresh tomatoe, olives … the possibilities are endless!
- Preheat the oven to 400F / 200C / Gas Mark 6
- Peel and cube the butternut squash and place in the oven along with the grated/crushed garlic cloves and 1 tbsp olive oil and seasoning. You can add a bit of cumin or oregano or thyme for an extra touch if you’d like. Cook for around 40 minutes to until soft enough to mash. While that’s cooking, prepare the other vegetable toppings:
- Trim the broccoli and steam or boil until al dente.
- Finely slice the onions and fry gently until caramelised. If including bacon, fry or grill this as well.
- Once the butternut squash is done, you can assemble your pizza! Mash the butternut squash and spread over the base as you would a tomato sauce. Then add the caramelised onion and broccoli over the top, with parmesan shavings and cook in the oven to crisp up the base and toppings. Et voila!