Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Butternut Squash Pizzas

4 WWPP Posted by 2 years ago 28 Comments

Sometimes I’ll see a food photo and say,

“MAN Why didn’t I think of that?!”

That’s what happened this weekend when I did a quick google search for butternut squash ideas.

I don’t really search recipes, I search photos. I’ll put the ingredients I want to work with in google and do an image search. Then I just keep scrolling and scrolling until something screams out at me. That’s exactly what happened when I came across this photo from Food with Kid Appeal.

I didn’t even read the recipe, I simply said… “Genius!” And ran to the kitchen.

Butternut Squash Pizzas I can not believe how good this was. I used leftover homemade sauce and an ounce of cheese to make a yummy, light pizza! I liked them even more than English muffin pizza. Totally my new go to.

Here’s what I did…

  • 2 round slices of butternut squash about 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup tomato or pizza sauce (don’t have any? See note below)
  • 1 oz fancy shredded cheese (I used a mexican cheese blend because I was out of mozzarella)
  • sprinkle of parsley

Preheat the broiler.

Cut the squash.

Butternut Squash Pizzas  - Step 1

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and place the rounds 2 racks under the broiler for 10 minutes.

Flip the rounds, spread each with half the sauce and top each with half the cheese.

Butternut Squash Pizzas  - Step 2

Place the squash back under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted. Remove and sprinkle with parsley.

Butternut Squash Pizzas  - Step 3

Enjoy the warm cheesy goodness of pizza without any bread!

Butternut Squash Pizzas  - Close Up

And in case you are wondering…

Butternut Squash Pizzas  - picked up

YES! You are able to pick up and eat these just as pizza was meant to be enjoyed. :) I made these for a second time today and snapped that photo for instagram. Also Note: If you don’t have sauce handy, smear about 1 tbsp tomato paste on each round and sprinkle with garlic, basil and salt. Works just as well and is just as yummy!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
170 5g 4g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
4g 3g 23g 10g

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Discussion

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    Jenn@slim-shoppin

    January 28, 2013

    That is a great idea! Love it Roni! Reply

    kat

    January 28, 2013

    emailed to my mom and im def going to try this in my household too. Love the low points but high volume and nutrient value. Reply

    Krista

    January 28, 2013

    Would be a great sub for chicken parm, too! Looks really pretty. Reply

    Sheriese

    January 28, 2013

    We have just started cooking more butternut squash.. and my 8 year old asked for seconds last night! This looks like a fun way to get her even more interested in healthier foods (up until very recently she would not even try squash). Love this idea! Reply

    Linda

    January 28, 2013

    Looks yummy but forgive my ignorance, I'm new to butternut squash, can you eat the skin? Reply

    roni

    January 28, 2013

    You can. Most people don't but I've gotten lazy and just leave it on. The skin softens so much you don't even notice it. Reply

    Laura Jane @ Super Sweet Life

    January 28, 2013

    I was wondering the same thing about the skin. Do you leave it on for your squash fries as well? Reply

    Anne @ eatcleaneatreal

    January 28, 2013

    This is super fun! I cant do a lot of tomato sauce (it upsets my sensitive stomach) but Im envisioning a white pizza spin-off....or maybe some pesto and goat cheese?! And I cant believe I didn't know you could eat the skin on butternut squash. it is hands down my favorite vegetable, but sometimes I just cant find the motivation to peel it so it sits in the fridge. Thanks for the tip! Reply

    Patricia

    January 28, 2013

    What a great idea. I used to do something (sort of) similar in college with half an acorn squash. Reply

    Liam Rubel

    January 29, 2013

    Think of this types of foods at the diets are always no no but we have made recipe with so much low calorie and less fattening so anyone can go for it. Thanks Roni. Reply

    Andrea

    January 29, 2013

    Okay, I've recovered from the shock that you CAN eat the skins on a bnut squash!! Never even gave it a second thought bc it's so thick and hard to cut. So even if its not your idea, thank you so much for the inspiration!! I think we'll all do anything for a slice of pizza sometimes!! Ps...Yours look SOOO much more appetizing than the ones you linked to!! Reply

    Danielle

    January 29, 2013

    OO I have a butternut squash sitting onthe counter didnt know what I wanted to do with it and wasnt thrilled with peeling it - guess we are having pizza this weeek!!! Thanks! Reply

    Allison

    January 29, 2013

    This is an AMAZING idea! I'm so happy I found your blog! Reply

    Michael C Craven

    January 29, 2013

    Thanks for for healthy delicious looking recipe. I love butternut squash and pizza a perfect combination. Michael C Craven Chicago Divorce lawyer Reply

    Alexis {Diva on a Diet}

    January 30, 2013

    I do the same thing... search the google images for recipes! And what a good idea this is! Reply

    Sheri

    January 31, 2013

    I tried this recipe tonight from memory. My slices were a bit thicker than 1/2 inch I think. I used 1 tbsp spaghetti sauce, super thin sliced onions and mozza cheese. I cooked the squash 10 min on one side and 5 min on the other before adding toppings. It was really good! The ony thing, I wish there was a way to keep the cheese from wanting to slide off. I browned the cheese more than you did in the pic. Going to be doing this again. Two slices were very filling. Reply

    roni

    January 31, 2013

    They are surprisingly filling!! Reply

    Mindy

    February 4, 2013

    This looks delicious! I am excited to try it. Is the butternut squash already cooked when you slice it or was it raw? Thanks for the great idea! Reply

    Mindy

    February 4, 2013

    Okay, I'm a boob, just saw that you said to cook for 10 minutes first before topping. :) Reply

    mirai

    February 8, 2013

    how do you cut them so thin though, i can only manage to make them about 2-3x that size.. Reply

    roni

    February 8, 2013

    Hold it tight and use a good knife. If you are worried about slipping cut a slice off the side of the squash so it doesn't roll. Hope that helps! Reply

    shannon

    February 15, 2013

    Made this tonight...delish!! Much better than that 'cauliflower pizza'!! Reply

    Amy

    May 31, 2013

    I made these today for lunch for my family! I really liked them! My hubby didn't like the skin being on and my kids only ate a little, but they are weird! Haha. I put pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni on them...they were yummy! Reply

    KIMMY

    October 14, 2013

    CAN YOU FREEZE THEM ? Reply

      roni

      October 15, 2013

      I don't know! I haven't tried but I don't see why not. I wonder if the squash would get too soft.

    Barbara

    February 14, 2014

    I want to run to the store. Really want to try Reply

    karen

    October 6, 2014

    I made these today. Mine were not crunchy. Is there a way to make them crunchy? Reply

      roni

      October 8, 2014

      The only way to get it crunchy would be to no pre-cook it but then it would be more of a "raw" crunch than anything if you know what I mean. Butternut is just softens as it cooks.