Butternut Squash Pizza Dough

During the Fall season the challenge in our house is to find different ways we can add squash in our dishes.  There are so many different varieties of squash, and each one tastes beautiful in a sweet, OR savory dish!

On Thanksgiving morning last year, I had fun making Homemade Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.  My first year blogging, I won my first food blogger competition with Bountiful Sourdough Pumpkin Stuffing.  To compliment any warm cozy soup, especially some hearty chili, Squash Corn Muffins.  If your looking for a healthy dessert, Vegan Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Mousse.  Take a spin on your normal holiday stuffing with a gluten free option, Cranberry Pumpkin Stuffing.  AND this week we will enjoy pizza dough, and a fun cocktail.  Next week a delicious breakfast choice with butternut squash, AND another cocktail with squash.   I continue to have fun with recipes with squash, and love all the ways we can enjoy this delicious vegetable.

This pizza is not about the toppings, it is all about the dough.  A pizza is special, and should be made with all YOUR favorite toppings.  There is no end to what you can add to a pizza, just look at some of the many pizzas Vegan Richa made last month.  She had varieties of pizza I would have never thought to make, and now look forward to creating.  If you don’t remember….or did not know, I am a pizza addict…..AND very proud of it!

The original recipe for the pizza dough was from Chef John Mitzewich, a contributor at about.com.  I made only a couple adaptions, but love this original recipe.

I used Red Star PLATINUM Yeast, and love how much my pizza dough doubled in size when baked and became so puffy and delicious!

Butternut Squash Pizza Dough
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1 pkg (2 1/4 tsp) Red Star PLATINUM Yeast
1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 cup warm water (115 - 125 degrees F)
4 cups bread flour
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butternut squash, roasted, and mashed


For roasted butternut squash - peel squash, cut into cubes, place on sheet pan and toss with 1/4 cup of olive oil, roast at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes depending on oven. Sit aside.

In small bowl, add yeast, sugar, warm water, and a 1/2 cup flour. Stir well, let sit for about 20 minutes, it will become bubbly.

In large bowl, add olive oil, salt, 2 1/2 cups flour, add yeast mixture, butternut squash, and stir with wooden spoon until ready to put on lightly floured surface.

Knead dough for 10 minutes, while adding more flour as needed, a little at a time, until dough is soft, elastic, slightly sticky.

Put dough in a ball, and place in bowl covered in small amount of olive oil. Let dough sit in warm place covered with damp towel, and let sit for two hours, or until dough is double in size.

Punch dough, and divide dough into two balls for two medium pizzas, or four balls for four individual pizzas, or keep as one large pizza.

When you bake pizza dough with toppings, bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Time for baking pizza will vary on size and how thick you want your pizza dough.

For dough doness, just pull back small area of pizza and check if pizza dough in center is completely cooked through.


The toppings on the pizza – one half has ricotta cheese, roasted butternut squash, grated parmesan, and Italian seasonings, second half has artichoke hearts, black olives, swiss cheese, grated parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning.  Instead of marinara sauce, I used a garlic butter.

For any pizza lover, this crust will be addicting!  The crust is moist, and has a delicious flavor that is perfect with any topping!

What are your favorite pizza toppings?



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  • [email protected]
    Terra, that crust... oh my word!! What an awesome idea... loves it!
    • Hi Kate! I just updated my disques comment plugin, so maybe the rating will work now:-) Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Hugs, Terra
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    p.s. could not figure out your "Stars" thingamajigger above the comment box! I wanted to rate the recipe, but it won't let me :(
  • homecookingmemories
    This is really awesome! I've never made a pizza dough other than traditional...but wow...the flavor must be wonderful!
    • The flavor is really fun, and not to sweet! I hope you enjoy as much as we did! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Meghan
    Terra, this pizza dough sounds incredible! What a fantastic idea! And that pie, I could go for a slice right now :)
    • It was WAY too good, I need to make more soon for sure:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • kitchenriffs
    Gorgeous looking pizza! I've never had squash in a dough before (at least I don't remember it), but really like the idea. The crust is always the best part of a good pizza, and this would be so terrific. I'd like some garlic on top of my pizza, please. ;-) Good stuff - thanks.
    • I have never added anything to my pizza dough before, I just love dough the way it is. BUT honestly, this dough was really fantastic, and perfect with garlic too:-) Thank you so much, Take care, Terra
  • I love that you used butternut squash in the dough, yum!
    • Thank you sweetie! Sending hugs, Terra
  • Gorgeous! I need to make a dough like this...and top it like that ;) Sounds amazing.
    • Honestly, the dough rocked, you will love it:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • diabeticFoodie
    I can't wait to try this! Adding squash to pizza dough is just brilliant.
    • Awwww, Thank you!!! it was a fun way to sneak some veggies in to our dinner:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • I have just eaten pizza last night but defintiely not enough ;) Cheers Choc Chip Uru http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
    • I could eat pizza everyday, no lie:-) I am for sure a pizza addict, LOL! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Mari
    The dough must be delicious. I like your choice of topping. My favorite is, onions and sweet corn :) Have fun with testing the iPad.
    • I love the idea of adding sweet corn to a pizza, what a delicious idea! I am kinda addicted the iPad now, LOL! Thank you so much, Hugs,Terra
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    Terra, this pizza looks so good. How creative are you- I love it! The dough is a beautiful, rich golden color. Just lovely. I'm pinning this, as this is a must make for the fall season.
    • Thank you so much for sharing on Pinterest! It really was a lovely crust, you will truly enjoy it:-) Thank you so much, Hugs,Terra
  • Hotly Spiced
    What a stunning looking pizza. You're amazing the way you find so many uses for pumpkin. I would never have thought to put it in a pizza crust xx
    • Thank you so much! It is fun to create dishes with pumpkin, it is so versatile:-) Hugs, Terra
  • wow what a brilliant idea to add pumpkin into the dough, just love the idea Terra. I ll have to wait that the humidity comes down before I can try my new yeast that my friends brought back from Germany to Goa a couple of days back. Hope I ll find some pumpkin then! Thanks for sharing my friend! =D
    • I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! It really is wonderful:-) Thank you so much my sweet friend, Sending hugs, Terra
  • You clever woman you. I love the pumpkin in the pizza dough. I can even share it with the dog and know it's sort of of healthy. :)
    • LOL! Awww, thank you so much! It is a perfect crust to share with your puppy, my puppy loved it too:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Terra, your crust looks so thick and wonderful!!! Beautiful color, too! I'll take a slice of the artichoke olive...and I'm certain I'll be back for seconds!
    • Seconds are for sure in the works, or maybe thirds too! LOL:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Raccoon1
    It looks delicious, but I'm wondering, do you taste the squash a lot or just a little? Thanks
    • Hello! Honestly, there is a slight sweetness in the crust, but not much. You really don't taste the squash much, it is just a fun addition! AND a great way to add in some veggies in a dish:-) Thank you so much for stopping by, Take care, Terra
  • mjskit @ mjskitchen.com
    This is just too strange not to try! I'm definitely one that love flavor in her pizza dough and butternut squash sounds great!
    • It is a weird idea, but honestly really delicious! The dough is really moist and perfect with any topping really:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • I love this recipe! Butternut squash is one of my favorites, and pizza - oh man.... I made homemade yeast bread using pumpkin and loved the flavor and texture of the bread. I can only imagine how delicious this crust is - I'm going to make it SOON!
    • Let me know what you think, it is really wonderful! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • ShesCookin
    I make my own dough and this time I'm adding squash! Great idea, Terra :)
    • Let me know what you think? It was so fun to add to the dough:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • that is one gorgeous pizza and a beautiful crust! i love the squash season!
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • disqus_YzkDVIQa4J
    I love pizza!! I really like to put a variety of vegetables on my pizzas. This sounds very strange, but I believe my favorite topping on a pizza is broccoli! The cheese and broccoli combination is delicious. I have never had squash on a pizza, but I will have to give this a try! Also, I love your food photography skills. It is so difficult to take GOOD food pictures that really dress up the items. It truly is a skill that takes practice! http://missonceuponamarathon.wordpress.com