Butternut Squash Ribbon Goat Cheese Pizza with Arugula-Pepita Pesto Recipe

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Nora Horton Modified: March 25, 2022
Butternut Squash Ribbon Goat Cheese Pizza with Arugula-Pepita Pesto Recipe

How To Make Butternut Squash Ribbon Goat Cheese Pizza with Arugula-Pepita Pesto

If you love goat cheese, you must try this goat cheese pizza topped with butternut squash and arugula and spread with homemade pesto.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

Arugula-Pepita Pesto:

  • 3cupsfresh arugula
  • ¾cuppepitas
  • ¾cupParmesan cheese
  • 3garlic cloves
  • 1tbspfresh lemon juice
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½cupextra virgin olive oil
  • 1tspblack pepperfreshly ground , to taste

Everything Else:

  • 1easy whole wheat pizza dough
  • 5ozgoat cheesechilled
  • 1smallbutternut squash

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit with a rack in the upper third of the oven.

  2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the outside of your butternut, then slice off the top portion with the stem and the very bottom. Slice the butternut in half vertically, scoop out the seeds with a spoon, and discard them.

  3. Slice one of your halves in half vertically again so you have made quarters. Using your vegetable peeler, peel long ribbons of butternut, enough to generously top two 11-inch pizzas.

  4. Toss butternut ribbons with a light drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper so that the ribbons are lightly coated in olive oil.

  5. To make the pesto: In a food processor, combine the arugula, pepitas, Parmesan, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Pulse while drizzling in the olive oil. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.

  6. Prepare the pizza dough as directed. I like to roll out the dough on pieces of parchment paper for easy transfer to the oven. For best results, roll the dough out as thin as reasonably possible while maintaining an even surface level.

  7. Lightly oil the outer edge of the pizza with olive oil. Spread each pizza with half of the pesto. Then crumble half of the goat cheese over each pizza using a fork.

  8. Arrange the butternut ribbons on top—it’s best to let them curl and wave rather than lie flat against the pizza. Top each pizza with a sprinkling of pepitas.

  9. Transfer one pizza to the oven. Bake until the crust is golden and the butternut ribbons are caramelizing on the edges.

  10. Repeat with remaining pizza. Top each pizza with a light sprinkle of fresh arugula and, if desired, a dash of red pepper flakes. Slice and serve.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 191.63kcal
  • Fat: 13.68g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.97g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.87g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.11g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.86g
  • Fiber: 1.24g
  • Sugar: 0.77g
  • Protein: 7.38g
  • Cholesterol: 8.82mg
  • Sodium: 226.97mg
  • Calcium: 125.87mg
  • Potassium: 153.53mg
  • Iron: 1.34mg
  • Vitamin A: 144.21µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.14mg

How To Make Butternut Squash Ribbon Goat Cheese Pizza with Arugula-Pepita Pesto

If you love goat cheese, you must try this goat cheese pizza topped with butternut squash and arugula and spread with homemade pesto.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 3cupsfresh arugula
  • ¾cuppepitas
  • ¾cupParmesan cheese
  • 3garlic cloves
  • 1tbspfresh lemon juice
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½cupextra virgin olive oil
  • 1tspblack pepperfreshly ground , to taste
  • 1easy whole wheat pizza dough
  • 5ozgoat cheesechilled
  • 1smallbutternut squash

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit with a rack in the upper third of the oven.

  2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the outside of your butternut, then slice off the top portion with the stem and the very bottom. Slice the butternut in half vertically, scoop out the seeds with a spoon, and discard them.

  3. Slice one of your halves in half vertically again so you have made quarters. Using your vegetable peeler, peel long ribbons of butternut, enough to generously top two 11-inch pizzas.

  4. Toss butternut ribbons with a light drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper so that the ribbons are lightly coated in olive oil.

  5. To make the pesto: In a food processor, combine the arugula, pepitas, Parmesan, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Pulse while drizzling in the olive oil. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.

  6. Prepare the pizza dough as directed. I like to roll out the dough on pieces of parchment paper for easy transfer to the oven. For best results, roll the dough out as thin as reasonably possible while maintaining an even surface level.

  7. Lightly oil the outer edge of the pizza with olive oil. Spread each pizza with half of the pesto. Then crumble half of the goat cheese over each pizza using a fork.

  8. Arrange the butternut ribbons on top—it’s best to let them curl and wave rather than lie flat against the pizza. Top each pizza with a sprinkling of pepitas.

  9. Transfer one pizza to the oven. Bake until the crust is golden and the butternut ribbons are caramelizing on the edges.

  10. Repeat with remaining pizza. Top each pizza with a light sprinkle of fresh arugula and, if desired, a dash of red pepper flakes. Slice and serve.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 191.63kcal
  • Fat: 13.68g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.97g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.87g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.11g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.86g
  • Fiber: 1.24g
  • Sugar: 0.77g
  • Protein: 7.38g
  • Cholesterol: 8.82mg
  • Sodium: 226.97mg
  • Calcium: 125.87mg
  • Potassium: 153.53mg
  • Iron: 1.34mg
  • Vitamin A: 144.21µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.14mg
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