There is nothing better in the fall than the combination of butternut squash and pears - that is until you put it all on a pizza and cover it in melted cheese. I don't know about you but I have been obsessed with root vegetables paired with apples and pears this season. There have been trays of them roasted, pans of them made into hash, and countless soups. However somehow I never thought of making a pizza with them until last weekend. I was going to a dinner and needed to bring a vegetarian appetizer. Immediately I thought of making pizza or flatbread and decided on this yummy combination of squash, spinach, mozzarella, and fresh pears for sweetness and crunch.
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Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Cheese Pizza with Pears
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- 2 cups butternut squash, diced
- 1 U Boboli whole wheat thin crust pizza (or other thin pizza crust)
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce (no sugar added)
- 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained
- 1 U garlic clove, minced
- 1 cup part skim shredded mozzarella
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 U pear, julienned
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
Add the butternut squash to a microwave safe dish with about 1/2 inch of water. Microwave for 3-5 minutes until tender. You can also saute it or boil it until tender.
Spread the pizza with marinara sauce. Top with squash, spinach, garlic, mozzarella, salt, and pepper. Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until crust is beginning to brown and cheese is melted.
Top with sliced pears.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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