White Bean, Kale, and Butternut Squash Pizza

October 22, 2010

Author Notes: I’ve always liked the combination of white beans, kale, and butternut squash, but I’ve only seen it as a stew – kind of boring. One of my culinary solutions to revitalizing a set of ingredients is to turn it into pizza, and I figured that these ingredients would work great as such. I was right - it worked really well. All of the flavors shine – nothing gets lost like it might in a stew. And it’s a pizza. Who doesn’t like pizza?raspberryeggplant

Makes: 2 10" pizzas

Ingredients

  • 2 6 oz balls of your favorite pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup small white beans
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups tightly packed kale leaves cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 pound butternut squash, preferably the neck of a medium-sized squash
  • 1/4 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded fontina cheese
  • 20 small sage leaves
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Heat an oven to 500º F. If you are using a pizza stone, place the stone on the middle rack of the oven and heat the oven at least a half hour before baking the pizza so that the stone gets hot. If you’re not using a stone, just put a rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Make the sauce by pureeing the beans, garlic, salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of oil, and milk in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the kale and cook for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander. Return the kale to the hot pot to dry off any excess moisture.
  4. Peel the neck of the squash and cut it into 4 pieces lengthwise. Cut each piece crosswise into 1/8” thick slices. Toss the squash slices with the remaining tablespoon of oil, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Gently stretch one ball of dough into a 10-inch round and place it onto a peel coated with cornmeal or onto a large baking sheet coated with cornmeal. Spread half the sauce evenly on the dough, leaving a ½” border for the crust. Evenly distribute half the kale over the sauce and top it with half of the cheese. Arrange half of the squash slices over the cheese and sprinkle half of the sage on top. Repeat with the remaining ball of dough.
  6. Bake until the squash is just soft and the crust is cooked through (but not dried out), about 8 minutes. Remove the pizza from the oven and let it rest a few minutes before slicing.

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Reviews (5) Questions (0)

5 Reviews

essikes January 23, 2012
Really enjoyed the white bean puree! I'm looking forward to using that as a base for other pizzas.
 
Anitalectric August 29, 2011
Great idea! I love kale on pizza. It is even more delicious when burnt and crisp around the edges!<br />
 
Cara E. October 28, 2010
This looks great!
 
cbear1984 October 25, 2010
This looks really special!
 
gingerroot October 25, 2010
Yum! Kale is my favorite topping for pizza, your addition of butternut squash and white bean sounds fabulous. I'm saving this.