{Trader Joe’s Inspired} Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions & Bacon Pizza

I must admit, sometimes I’m all about the easy route. After working all day, the last thing I want to do is cook a time-consuming meal. Β By the time I get home, I’m really wishing I planned ahead and made a meal in my slow cooker so I wouldn’t have to do anything….but most days include me going to the store to get ingredients so I can feed myself that evening. For bad planners like me, I’m happy Trader Joe’s exists.

Trader Joe’s has a lot of things to make my busy life a lot easier! One of those items being premade whole wheat pizza dough. I know what you’re going to say, “Meghan, making pizza dough is super easy.” I know this buuuut I’m going for convenience. Since they make the dough, you still have the fun of rolling out the dough to the desired thickness (which I love) and their crust cooks up great! It tastes so good! (People will think you made it yourself, so we can keep this secret between friends.)

Another great item from Trader Joe’s is butternut squash cut into cubes. I hate hate hate peeling and cutting up butternut squash. Paying a little more for a bag like this is totally worth it for me.

As you can see from the title of this post, I made myself a pizza. The pizza – Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions and Bacon – was inspired by ingredients bought at Trader Joe’s.

The first thing you need to do is set out the pizza dough for about 20 minutes. While you’re waiting for the dough, work on the prep steps for the pizza. Sprinkle the pre-cut butternut squash with brown sugar, salt, pepper and a little olive oil. Bake squash in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. While the squash is roasting, fry bacon pieces in a skillet. When the bacon is browned, remove bacon from the skillet but save the bacon fat. Put the onions in the skillet and cook in the bacon fat. Cook until caramelized.

If you time this right, all of your pizza prep work should be done within 20 minutes. Roll out your pizza dough and top with squash, onions, bacon, goat cheese crumbles and spinach. Pop pizza in the oven and 20-25 minutes later, you’ve got dinner!

Thanks to the time saver ingredients from Trader Joe’s, I spent little time in my kitchen and more time enjoying my evening! Do you have any time saver meals you love to make? If you do, share them in the comments section.

Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions & Bacon Pizza

  • Pre-made pizza dough
  • 2 1/2 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 strips of bacon, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese crumbles
  • Baby Spinach
  • 1 tsp chives, chopped (garnish)

Directions:

  1. Pizza dough needs to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Set oven to 350 degrees. On a roasting pan lined with foil, mix butternut squash, brown sugar, salt & pepper and olive oil. Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  2. In a skillet, cook bacon pieces. Once bacon has browned, remove from skillet and set on a plate lined with a paper towel. In the same skillet, cook onions in the bacon fat for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Roll out pizza dough on a floured surface. On a pizza stone or vented pizza pan, place pizza dough and top with butternut squash, bacon, onions, goat cheese and spinach. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Garnish with chives. Slice & serve!

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13 Responses

  1. Pita Pizza with Pesto and Butternut Squash | The Tasty Fork says

    […] in Chicago, pizza is just as popular as Santa Claus. Everyone loves it! We have a variety of great pizza restaurants […]

  2. Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life says

    So glad you shared this on Wicked Wednesdays at http://www.ilovemydisorganizedlife.com
    How is it that you know EXACTLY how to make my taste buds tingle? Never would have thought to combine squash and brown sugar on a pizza, but this is one I have to try. Glad there’s a Trader Joe’s near me!

    • Miss Tasty says

      I LOVE Trader Joes! I don’t want to know what life would be like without one near by. :) xoxo!

  3. Jaime @ Mom's Test Kitchen says

    So seriously, all I can think to say is YUM! This pizza sounds so stinkin good!! Pinning!

    • Miss Tasty says

      Thank you!!! I hope you try it soon!!

  4. HungryLittleGirl says

    This pizza looks heavenly!
    I would love to have you link this and/or any other recipe of yours to Wednesday Extravaganza – my Foodie Link Party with a special something! Here is the link to it:
    http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/11/wednesday-extravaganza-6-german-gluhwein-mug-giveaway.html

    Can’t wait to see you there :)

    • Miss Tasty says

      Thanks for the invite! I linked up. I’ve been looking for Wednesday parties, so I’ll be sure to add Hungry Little Girl to the list.

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    [...] Yesterday’s recipe post was all about time-saving and short cuts. If a product tastes good and can save me sometime (meaning I get to drink wine and watch TV sooner), I’ll buy it. However, there is one item in a grocery I’ll never buy. Store Bought Pasta Sauce. It never tastes good. I’ve tried different brands but there isn’t one that can trick my taste buds. Making my own pasta sauce is the only way to go. [...]

  6. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I can’t wait to try this!

  7. Shiloh barkley says

    I love buying butternut squash that’s already cut up!

  8. Bill says

    Hope you forwarded this blog onto Trader Joe’s. Another great idea.

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