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Roasted Butternut Squash, Prosciutto and Caramelized Onion White Pizza

I grew up eating white pizzas. Most of the time they were topped with spinach or tomatoes or just lots and lots of cheese, but never with something like a butternut squash. I don’t think anyone in my little Italian family has ever even had butternut squash, other than me, and it was just very recently that I have tried it. I may have to introduce them to it this year, since I am starting to feel a bit more comfortable cooking it, I don’t know if I’ll throw this pizza in front of them at first, I may have to ease them into it.

I was browsing food blogs the other night looking for recipes for my pretty squash that I picked up at the farmer’s market that day. I came across a Simple Butternut Squash Tart that caught my eye. It did look simple enough, but I have this thing about puff pastry…I don’t really work well with it. I know, get over it Aggie, but there are just some roadblocks in the kitchen that I just can’t get past (yeast?…hence, this is why I am having to use store bought pizza crust.). I had some Mama Mary’s pizza crusts in the pantry and thought a pizza type tart would work for me! In order to satisfy my carnivorous husband and make this pizza into a “real” meal I had to think of how to add some sort of meat to it. Prosciutto sealed the deal.

I thought this pizza was heavenly…but I savored in it alone. My husband surprisingly did not like it as much as me. I don’t think he is a fan of butternut squash. He also isn’t a huge fan of large quantities of ricotta and this pizza is all about the ricotta! Oh well…you can’t please everyone all of the time right? These leftovers made a great lunch for me the next day!

(right before it went in the oven)

Roasted Butternut Squash, Prosciutto and Caramelized Onion White Pizza

Mama Mary’s whole wheat pizza crust
1 butternut squash, sliced into 1/8″ – 1/4″ rounds
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of thyme
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
4 slices prosciutto, thinly sliced (I roll the slices together into a “cigar”, slice down the middle longways, then across into thin pieces)
1 cup ricotta (I used part skim and possibly a bit more than a cup)
Goat Cheese or Gorgonzola crumbles

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Peel and slice butternut squash into rounds. Add about 1-2 TB olive oil, salt and pepper and gently toss in cookie sheet. Cook in hot oven until browned and slightly caramelized. You might need to flip them over halfway through. Cook for about 20-25 minutes.

Heat 1-2 TB olive oil in nonstick skillet. Add thinly sliced onions, salt, pepper and good pinch of dried thyme. Cook until soft and browned, about 15-20 minutes.

In a bowl, add ricotta, thinly sliced prosciutto and cooled caramelized onions. Gently stir to combine. Spread evenly over whole wheat pizza crust. Top with cooled roasted butternut squash rounds. Sprinkle with goat cheese or gorgonzola crumbles.

Cook in oven at 425 degrees for about 15 more minutes or until cheese slightly browned and bubbly. Slice and enjoy!

Serve alongside a refreshing salad like Mixed Greens with Grilled Pears and Goat Cheese

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25 Responses to “Roasted Butternut Squash, Prosciutto and Caramelized Onion White Pizza”

  1. katie posted October 12, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I have never had butternut squash either, I have just always been leary of it. Probably a throw back to our “no vegetables please” days, one I should definately get past soon!

  2. Barbara Bakes posted October 12, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Your pizza looks great. I’m not familiar with the Mama Mary’s pizza crust. Can you get it in grocery stores?

  3. Mary Ann posted October 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Too bad the hubs didn’t like it, but that just means more for you, right? This sounds and looks amazing. I would love it. I am planning to use butternut squash a whole lot more this winter, now that I know how great it can be (Thank you risotto)! Good game for the Gators last night, huh?

  4. anudivya posted October 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Yeah Puff pastries are tricky to work with, it needs to be cold yet flexible to roll out, or else it won’t puff! Had my fair share of flat pastry sheets.

  5. Dawn posted October 12, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Yes I know what you mean, puff pastry is tricky for me too.
    But this pizza dough is a better substitute I think.
    I love this and will try this very soon.

  6. RecipeGirl posted October 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Wow. I would happily join you for dinner. I love this sort of unique pizza!

  7. ~Priscilla~ posted October 12, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    i’ve never had this kind of pizza or even white pizza but would like to try some….this looks so good!

  8. Lisa posted October 12, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Can I just have your husbands share?

  9. Pamela posted October 13, 2008 at 12:47 am

    I made a pizza yesterday that was carmelized onions, feta, and olives. I tossed some mushrooms and garlic in there and it was SO good. I didn’t get a picture of it, though. This pizza looks really interesting and tasty. Now that fall is here, I am really looking forward to using up some butternut squash!

  10. Bridgett posted October 13, 2008 at 1:05 am

    What a brilliant recipe! This would make a very elegant appetizer for a dinner party, don’t you think? I am loving all of these butternut squash recipes floating around the blogs!

  11. Leslie posted October 13, 2008 at 1:25 am

    Oh YES…I too am a huge fan of White pizza! I am not a big red sauce fan, even w/ pasta. Now dont get me wrong, I will eat it. But I love anything WHITE..however my hips always seem to fight w/ me about it!!!!
    Thanks for wishing me a happy 100th post!

  12. Paula posted October 13, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Oh lordy, I like both your pizza and the salad you served it with. I’ll gladly take your hubby’s piece of pizza! Not only is this pizza pretty to look at, it has everything on it that I like! What fun and a great fall recipe!

  13. Pam posted October 13, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Yum. I think it looks great – I’ll come and eat it with you. What a delicious combination of flavors. This is my kind of pizza.

  14. Lucy posted October 13, 2008 at 10:45 am

    White pizza is my favorite, and the addition of the roasted butternut squash would be a hit for me.. just love it!!! check out what I made w/the same squash… rav’s 😉

  15. Katherine Aucoin posted October 13, 2008 at 11:58 am

    What an inventive idea for pizza. I would not have turned down an invitation…you can’t have too much ricotta or garlic right? Your pizza looks amazing.

  16. Prudy posted October 13, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    That would be heaven to me! We had butternut squash lasagna last night and I kept dreamin of how it would be on pizza….

  17. Prudy posted October 13, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Hey Aggie:
    Send me your address and I’ll send you some free coupons for MM crust. I’ve won their pizza contest a couple of times and I have lots of free coupons.

  18. Candy posted October 13, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I’m definitely giving this a try! Looks delicious!

  19. Satisfying my Sweet Tooth posted October 13, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I am a white pizza kind of girl too and both your pizza and salad look too good right now. I wish I could sit down with a plate of it right now!

  20. Cara posted October 13, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    oh wow, this sounds fantastic 🙂

  21. Maris posted October 13, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    This looks really great! I think I’m going to try this: I have all of the ingredients in the house already: a fresh butternut squash, ricotta cheee and proscuitto and didn’t really have a plan for any of them!

  22. Annie posted October 14, 2008 at 2:06 am

    I’m sold!
    The combination of flavors sound so interesting together. I think I’d love it.
    If you are looking for a really unique recipe using butternut squash, you should try Giada DeLaurentiis’ recipe for Baked Squash Gratin. It has pesto in it. It is delicious!

  23. Kevin posted October 15, 2008 at 12:12 am

    What a tasty combination of flavours!

  24. Sophie posted October 15, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the idea of adding butternut squash to a pizza. Oh, and the caramelized onions sound heavenly! Great pizza :).

  25. Tina posted November 13, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks fantastic! And it’s all of my favorite ingredients! 🙂

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