This is a must-try for any pizza aficionado. Butternut squash is roasted along with a head of garlic and processed until it turns into a smooth, creamy sauce. A simple, unique, and yummy sauce for a pizza! The crispy sage leaves are fun to make and add a really cool taste and texture and dollops of creamy cashew cheese add perfect flavor. Peppery arugula adds some fresh greens and lastly, a drizzle of balsamic reduction for a sweet pop of flavor.

Winter Squash and Sage Pizza [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Calories

1173

Serves

2 10-inch pizzas

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Ingredients

For the Sauce:

  • 2 cups butternut squash, cubed (about half an average butternut squash)
  • 1 head garlic

For the Crispy Sage:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Approximately 24 sage leaves

For the Cashew Cheese:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 1-2 hours
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

For the Rest:

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Preparation

To Make the Sauce:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Toss the butternut squash cubes with a drizzle of coconut oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on the baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes, until fork tender.
  2. Chop the bottom off of the head of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap up in aluminum foil. Cook for 40 minutes.
  3. Combine squash and 6 medium cloves of garlic together in a blender or food processor. Purée until smooth. Set aside.

To Make the Sage:

  1. Heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add sage leaves in a single layer and let fry for 15-30 seconds until crispy. Remove leaves onto a paper towel-lined plate so excess oil can drain. Set aside.

To Make the Cashew Cheese:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

To Assemble:

  1. Bake pizza crust according to package directions. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spread the butternut sauce on the pizza and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and add arugula, dollops of cashew cheese, crispy sage, and drizzle with balsamic reduction.
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Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 1,173 | Carbs: 142 g | Fat: 59 g | Protein: 22 g | Sodium: 740 mg | Sugar: 14 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.