A Desperate Plea for You to Make Pizza

by Rachel on October 21, 2010

Butternut squash pizza, if you will!

I don’t get sick of pizza, simply because there are so many things you can put on pizza. I don’t think of it as making pizza so much as “re-decorating my favorite carb.”

Last weekend, feeling all seasonal and shit, I decorated it with butternut squash, inspired by this recipe from Real Simple and my Nutritionista!

My thing was this: I had to find pre-cut squash if I was going to make this. I cannot even deal with cutting a squash. I’ve done it before, but I just hate it too much. And given how clumsy I am, it’s just a recipe for losing a digit, and really, as much as I love food, I might actually love texting more. Luckily, a lot of stores carry pre-cut butternut squash or cubed and frozen squash (including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s), so I crossed my fingers and prayed for a Central Market miracle. Luckily, my favorite grocery store came through, and so I was able to finish my butternut squash pizza mission.

The result was so good. I jazzed up the basic recipe with sage and rosemary in addition to the thyme and served it with a spinach salad topped with pumpkin leaves and dried cranberries, because I’m so seasonal like that. After all, it’s decorative gourd season, motherfuckers.

I let Eric take the leftovers for lunch the next day and honestly, every day since then, I’ve opened my fridge in excitement, thinking I’m going to eat the leftovers…and then I’ve felt very, very disappointed.

Forget screaming, “I moved across the country for you!!!” It’s definitely more like, “I gave you my best leftovers!!!”

I do have a good amount of roasted butternut squash and onions left over so I’m thinking of subbing that into my healthy mac and cheese recipe for a butternut squash pizza remix. I’m also thinking of putting the squash and onions in a whole-wheat wrap with some ricotta…but seriously, without the fluffy crust, I’m thinking it’s going to be the food equivalent of blue balls.

I’m thinking of a lot of things right now, actually. All of them food-related. I’m fighting a fab combination of allergies/cold/stomach bug/Core Fusion-induced soreness/illness that has left me with a complete inability to take care of myself. I am cursed with no appetite, yet on some level, I can still tell that I’m really hungry. So I’m just hanging out here in bed, scanning my old food pictures, trying to figure out what sounds good (not much) that also doesn’t involve me leaving the house (ugh…not a damn thing).

Anyway. I think that, provided you have functional sinuses/brain power/digestive systems/thighs/general well-being, you should definitely make this pizza tonight! I’ll feel better eating my buttered noodles knowing someone out there is eating butternut squash pizza with fresh herbs and ricotta.

I really think it’s the least you can do.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim October 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Amazing! I need to make this STAT!

I often make butternut mac&cheese and it’s amazing!


2 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm

That pizza looks really good :-).

When I am not feeling well and have next to no appetite, I eat a lot of bread. And lemonade.


3 Matt October 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I need that STAT ;)


4 Allie Finch October 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I was thinking about making this SOON — now I am convinced!
Bummer you are sick — feel better soon.


5 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) October 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Squash and onion are pretty much the best combo everrrr and they look pretty on pizza. I want to rip a slice from the screen!

Sorry you are feel sick, feel better!!


6 Stephanie @ Single in the City October 22, 2010 at 1:58 am

Although your post is certainly food porn, I’m under the weather, too. I don’t even have a damn can of soup in the pantry!!! I could really go for some mac ‘n cheese…


7 Christie {Honoring Health} October 22, 2010 at 5:38 am

What a gorgeous pizza. I made a similar one last winter and it was delish!

Hope you are feeling better soon!


8 Girly Guns n Cannons October 22, 2010 at 5:54 am

Dammit! The carrot sticks and hummus that I just lunched on are doing diddly to get my arse into size 8 shape in time for tonight’s pool party-cum-baptism.I just wondered if eating a pair of spanx instead would have been more effective.. I know it’s ridiculous, but I had that thought because that’s the kind of thing I think when I get into psycho-dieter mode..

I just think you need to know that I’m reading your blog and it’s gone a long way to helping me identify my madness ..yes, all the way down here in South Africa. ..I’m a typical “lucious” pear and melon salad… ahem.. that’s to say I have a rocker on my porch (boobs) and a swing in my backyard (ass) and an itty bitty waist ..in abundance, too much abundance, I’d say about 50 pounds or so of it .. I fantasize about being an athlete, that’s been my dream since i was a kid, but I’ve held myself back and sabotaged myself all the way to overweight! … recently , with the help of great girlfriends who do see the fat first, the way I do, Ive gotten to love my shape and have learned that loving my body is just like caring for a pet or a plant. I need to care for it daily..stroking it and brushing its fur and calling it all kinds of nice things isn’t going to keep Homer, my dog, alive..it’s proper feeding and excercise… my body can’t digest self-esteem.. self esteem isn’t going to make the hail damage on my thighs magically disappear- it’s so simple! so I have started working towards my dream of becoming an athlete and undoing all the mess that is in my mind about my body..

no short cuts, no instant gratification, no wasting time in fantasies about needing life-saving lipo..or having an exotic parasite in my gut that makes me lose weight ..(I know, disturbing!)..i gotta get to work.. and this is what your words have done for me.. so thanks!


9 kate October 22, 2010 at 7:45 am

“I cannot even deal with cutting a squash.”

Last night I made butternut squash soup, and after I had proudly finished cutting up the squash, my boyfriend lovingly pointed out I had forgotten to peel it first. So I individually de-gourded every tiny cube of squash, cursing the whole time. I feel you.


10 Rachel October 22, 2010 at 7:46 am

That. Is. A. Nightmare.


11 Sophie @ yumventures October 22, 2010 at 7:52 am

I hope you feel better!! And I will put that pizza on the menu :)


12 Dallas October 22, 2010 at 8:11 am

I love, love, love, love Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers.


13 Lauren Slayton October 22, 2010 at 8:36 am

Cracking up at “the food equivalent of blue balls.” I have actually had that when I anticipate leftovers and they are not there. My favorite butternut squash dishes latey are a Bittman black bean/butternut squash warm salad and parsnips and butternut squash. Feel better.


14 Cat @ YoungHungryFoolish October 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

Thank you for this post! I have a butternut squash in my fridge that now has a purpose.


15 Smash @ Appreciate The Now October 22, 2010 at 11:06 am

I definitely shouldn’t read this while hungry. Too late.


16 Lauren October 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Megs and I made butternut squash risotto (i think it was from cooking light) and it was fab.


17 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

My husband would take one look at that pizza and declare it a “hell no” recipe. Sorry, I’m sure he’s not sorry.

That said, I think it sounds fabulous, but the likelihood of it ever happening is my kitchen is similar to the likelihood that I’ll ever get to have a pretty little fluffball kitty with my allergic-to-cats and cute fluffy things husband.

Sorry you’re sick. It’s the weekend though. Make the boytoy wait on you. :p


18 Nikki October 22, 2010 at 11:30 pm

This post was hilarious, and the recipe looks and sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to try it tomorrow. Thanks and hope you’re feeling better!


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