Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

When I made the pork enchilada casserole last week, a few of you responded that you’d love to see more Everyday Eats on Shutterbean. Thank you for your feedback! And thank you for leaving comments. Sometimes it feels a little lonely out here.  If you like recipes that can be made with Trader Joe’s items, this one’s for you!

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

Yesterday I walked into Trader Joe’s with a mission to make something Autumn like. I knew I wanted to use their pizza dough…and then I saw a delicata squash and the sausage in my cart and here we have this pizza. There was obviously a few steps in between but there’s pizza in the end so does it really matter?

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

We layer cheese and kale on store bought pizza dough. We top with more cheese, roasted delicata squash, caramelized onions and sausage and dollop goat cheese on top. To push it over the edge, I added candied walnuts on top. Red pepper flakes are added for spice. This Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza is Autumn’s best. Next time I’m added gorgonzola because I think it will be soooooo good with those walnuts!

Let’s gather our ingredients. Everything can be found at Trader Joe’s. If you want to see what it’s like to eat a whole bag of candied walnuts in one sitting, buy a bag. They’re ADDICTIVE. Also, I want to let you know that I love having pizza dough in our fridge because it means I can make things like pizza, garlic twists, garlic knots, and pizza rolls. The other day I made stuffed bread with it- I’ll share a recipe soon.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

First we roast the delicata squash. I cut the ends off of the delicata squash and scoop out the sides with a spoon. A knife will work too if you want to scrape off the membrane inside. Membrane? Is that what it is?

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

Onions in a skillet with oil.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

Sausage addition.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

After sausage is cooked, add sliced garlic and red pepper flakes.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

Pizza gets formed. I used a 14 inch pizza pan for this recipe. We layer cheese onto the bottom.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

Toss the kale in a little bit of oil. Just a tad. Not much.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

Cheese and kale.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

Delicata squash on top.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

Sausage & goat cheese.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

 

The best part is that you can nestle the sausage in the squash.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

Candied walnuts on top. Here’s a shot of my hand with nuts in it. 😉

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

All dressed up…

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

DONE.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

Go ahead. Devour.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Pizza with sausage, caramelized onions and candied walnuts! Recipe on shutterbean.com

With all of this vegetables on top…it’s practically salad.

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Roasted Delicata Squash Kale & Sausage Pizza

serves 3-4

  • 1 delicata squash, seeds removed and cut into 1/2 inch circles
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 1lb. pizza dough
  • 2 cups kale, torn into pieces
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 3 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped candied walnuts
  • Preheat oven to 400F

    Place delicata squash on a baking sheet. Drizzle liberally with olive oil and toss the squash to coat. Season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven for about 15-18 minutes, or until squash has become tender; set aside.

    Meanwhile heat a glug of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Stir in onions and cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add sausage to the pan and break into smaller pieces with a spoon. You want cook the sausage thoroughly and brown the onions.  Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another minute.  Season with salt & pepper to taste and set aside.

    To make the pizza, adjust oven to 450F. Stretch pizza dough into a 14 inch circle onto a pizza bake or baking sheet.  Top with 1/2 cup cheese and add the kale to the top. Nestle the delicata squash on top, followed by another 1/2 cup cheese and the sausage and onion mixture. Place dollops of goat cheese on top and finish with the remaining cheese and candied walnuts. Bake in the oven until crust is nicely browned, about 15-18 minutes. Serve hot.

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    • Sara

      YAAAAAAAAAAAS. Just pinned this bad boy. I love posts like this, and they’re even better when they use Trader Joe’s loot! <3

      Would Cooper eat this? My boys would NOT (more for me!). I would have to make a separate pizza for them. I'd love to hear more about how you fashion kid meals out of what you and Casey eat. Cooper seems more culinarily (not a word) adventurous than my kids, who gag eating rice and won't eat any veggies aside from bell pepper slices. (ONE REASON WHY I DRINK SO MUCH WINE.)

      Love,

      Your Most Demanding Reader Ever

      • Tracy

        Cooper would definitely NOT eat this. This is totally a grownup pizza. If you follow me on Instagram, @tracyshutterbean you can see more of our food adventures with the #shutterbeandinner hashtag. You’ll see how I sub some things for my picky eater 😉

    • Joy

      Um…yum! This looks incredibly delicious. I’m adding Trader Joe’s pizza dough to my shopping list now.

    • Sara

      LOL I need to buy some lotto tickets – I was about to click over to Shutterbean and I thought to myself … hmmm … I’m guessing the latest is a pizza with squash on it! :) It looks delicious, I need to make pizza again soon!

    • Sarah

      You are great and I should comment more. Thanks!

    • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

      This looks like such a wonderful fall pizza! I love the kale on there :)

    • Ashley

      YUM! I was hoping you would post this recipe after seeing the pizza on snapchat. Cannot wait to try this, and love the everyday eats idea!

    • Jessica W

      This looks amazing! Well, all your food does 😉

    • Kelsey

      Yes and YES. I have a TJ delicata squash on my counter right now, this looks autumnally perfect. I usually read your posts on my phone and don’t click over to comment but yours is my favorite food blog and always my recipe go-to. I especially love that you include so many vegetarian recipes and recipes that are manageable as a mama of two little boys.

    • Sarah

      This looks so good! I love delicate squash.

    • TAB

      I often have trouble getting TJs pizza dough to spread to the edges of the pan. It always springs back. I take it out of the frig at least 30 min prior. What am I doing wrong?

      P.S. LOVE Shutterbean!

      • Tracy

        Omg. I had that problem too. Here’s the deal. You have to let it rest. If you find that it keeps springing back, you need to let it sit out a little bit longer. Go do something and return to it and check it every five minutes or so. It gets easier. Promise!

    • Stephanie

      I love your blog but rarely comment … loving these everyday eat/TJ recipes. You are awesome!

    • Meaghan A

      This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it!!!

    • Ally

      Hi Tracy- first time commenter but long time reader! I just need you to know that there are many of your recipes that are absolute favorites over here. An old post of yours of a sausage-spinach soup is made literally weekly. Your smoky kale caesar! The green beans with peanuts/lime/cilantro! The lemon chicken! I could go on and on. Yours is one of the few food blogs I read that I know I’ll love your recipes every time I try them. Thank you for what you do, and I’m sorry for being a silent creeper. And this pizza looks :-).

      • Tracy

        Thank you for telling me that!! You also made me remember the kale caesar! I totally forgot about that one. Sausage soup is my fave too! xo

    • Amanda

      Hi Tracy! I saw this pizza on Instagram this morning. Luckily it was pre-Trader Joes run. I made it for dinner and am eating a slice as I type. It’s delicious!! I’ll definitely make it again. Keep up the good work! Your recipes are my #1 go-to for everything!

    • Gaby Dalkin

      YUUUUM! squash on pizza is my weakness right now

    • Melanie

      Hello Delicious Pizza!!! This looks amazing!!! I love making homemade pizza and switching up the toppings! I have to try squash on my pizza now! =)

    • Lori

      What a clever mix of toppings. Sounds delish!

    • Caitlin

      This combo looks awesome! I don’t need much of an excuse to make a pizza. Thanks for sharing, Tracy!

    • Cari

      This looks so good! Stupid question: sausage with casings removed? What kind of sausage? I usually buy their chicken apple and I’m not sure if I can do that with that type.

    • Adrienne

      I made this pizza a few nights ago and it is just amazing! I wound up carmelizing the onions separately, because I am obsessed with carmelized onions on pizza these days :o) The candied walnuts from Trader Joes were a great tip…can’t stop snacking on them…Thanks again!

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