Healthy Homemade Goat Cheese, Butternut Squash and Spinach Pizza

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  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 medium red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 portion (16 ounces) ready-made whole-wheat pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal

Directions

  1. Pre heat the oven to 400°. Place a pizza stone to heat on the bottom rack, or alternately, use an inverted 11" x 16" cookie sheet, not heated. Mix the squash with 1 teaspoonolive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cook on a baking sheet, until soft and lightly browned, around 25 minutes, stirring midway. 

  2. Set squash aside. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoonof oil In a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook onion (seasoned with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper), stirring constantly, until soft and light brown, about 10 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water and continue to cook, stirring, until well browned, 5 minutes. 

  3. Remove onion from heat. Raise the temperature of the oven to 450°. Sprinkle the flour over a flat surface and press dough into either a 15-inch circle or a 10" x 16" rectangle. Top dough with squash, onion, spinach, cheese and thyme. 

  4. Dust the top of the stone or the inverted sheet with cornmeal and place the pizza on it. Bake until the crust is crispy and the cheese melts, about 10 to 12 minutes.

One of the best – and often overlooked – ways to get creative with pizza is by varying the choice of cheese used. While mozzarella is the go-to favorite, there are many other cheeses that can make for a delicious and healthy alternative, allowing you to use less cheese while turning out a more flavorful final dish. In this recipe, low-calorie, tart-pungent goat cheese is mixed with sweet butternut squash and earthy spinach to create a pizza which is as much a delight for the eyes as it is for the taste buds. Olive oil and a whole-wheat crust add to this pizza´s health value, and the ease of preparation makes it an excellent choice for a weeknight meal. Pair it with simple a salad of mixed greens for a gourmet delight which everyone is sure to love. 

More about your specialty pizza...

Although everyone loves traditional pepperoni as a topping, it can be fun to spice up your pizza using unusual and unexpected ingredients. It is obviously an incredibly versatile food, so you have plenty of freedom to choose your toppings, cheese, and sauce. The great thing about it is that it is easy to tailor it to the needs of your guests.

Meat lovers will love a barbecue chicken pie with cheddar cheese instead of the traditional mozzarella. For a unique vegetarian pie, try adding zucchini, eggplant, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, and olive oil. Or you could even try a dessert themed pizza, using a cinnamon glaze for the sauce and topped with apples and pears.

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