Pumpkin and Parmesan Pizza

My brain is a strange place. A really strange place. Because while other people think about normal things like what they are going to do later, I daydream about pizza. Because pizza.

Let me back up. Last weekend, it was gray and rainy and cool. We were having a lazy Saturday hanging out, all three of us in our pajamas, under the covers, watching Princess Sofia. It was pretty much perfect. Minus the Princess Sofia part. I have seen the entire series now several times through. Hence my mind was wandering just a little bit.

And next thing I knew, just a few short hours later, I found myself at her house eating a buffalo chicken boat and making this pizza. And it was delicious. So delicious in fact, that both she and I made it again at our own respective houses the very next day. Because it was that good.

So let us start with how we can do it.

  Easy LEVEL 

 minutesPREP : 3  

   12 slicesSERVINGS:  

  10minutesCOOK : 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 1 package (11 ounces) store-bought thin-crust pizza dough
  • 1 can (15 ounces) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey


 

MAKE IT

Step 1

Preheat the oven according to the pizza dough manufacturer’s instructions. (Our suggestion is 400°F).

Step 2

Cook the pancetta or bacon in a medium sauté pan until browned and crispy. Remove the meat from the pan and let it drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.

Step 3

Place the pizza dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. If the dough calls for a pre-bake, follow these directions.

Step 4

Combine the pumpkin, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl,. Spread the mixture evenly over the pizza dough. Place the apple slices on top of the pumpkin and then spread the meat and cheese on top. Sprinkle the herbs and black pepper on top of the pizza. Bake the pizza 8-10 minutes, or according to manufacturer’s instructions, until cheese is melted and the edges of the pizza are golden brown.

Step 5

Remove pizza from the oven and drizzle the honey on top. Let the pizza cool slightly before cutting and serving.

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