Naan Pizza with Butternut Squash and Pesto

Naan pizza topped with roasted butternut squash, pesto and gouda cheese. It makes for an easy vegetarian weeknight meal or an impressive party appetizer.

We don’t make homemade pizza often so when we do it feels like a real treat! Whether you’re having a pizza night at home or want to make a simple yet delicious appetizer to share with friends, this is a great naan pizza recipe that’s perfect for fall when butternut squash is in season.

Naan pizza topped with tomatoes, butternut squash, pesto, and cheese.

The best part about this recipe? It’s delicious as written, but it’s completely customizable! Rather have a different pizza sauce? Swap in tomato sauce for the pesto. Like different vegetables? Use your faves! Not a fan of gouda? Use mozzarella cheese. Want some bonus protein? Make a chicken naan pizza by adding shredded chicken. Seriously, swap in your favorite ingredients and make this recipe your own.

Three naan pizzas with butternut squash and pesto on a round baking stone.

What is Naan Made Of?

As you’ll notice, we’re using naan bread instead of a traditional pizza crust for this recipe. If you’re unfamiliar, naan bread is a traditional bread served with Indian food. It’s made out of white or wheat flour and mixed with yeast, salt and water. While it is a flatbread you actually do let it rise for a few hours and then flatten and cook. I usually just buy mine from the grocery store, but if you want to take a stab at making your own, it doesn’t seem too complicated! And here’s a recipe for gluten-free naan bread if that’s of interest.

Unbaked naan pizza on a pizza stone with tomatoes, butternut squash, pesto, and cheese.

How to Make Easy Naan Pizza

Making homemade pizza isn’t that hard to begin with, but when you use naan bread in place of dough, this recipe gets exponentially easier!

For this particular recipe start by roasting the butternut squash on a baking sheet until the squash is tender. While the squash is roasting make your homemade pesto by blending the basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan and olive oil until the mixture is relatively smooth.

Place the naan bread on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the shredded gouda over the naan leaving a border around the edge. Top with the roasted squash and diced tomatoes. Using a teaspoon, drop pesto over the naan pizzas and top with a sprinkle of parmesan. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and the edges of the naan are lightly browned. Top with fresh basil and enjoy!

Naan pizza with butternut squash and pesto, sliced into rectangles. Fresh basil is on the baking stone.

And just like that, you’ve got a fancy, filling, vegetarian pizza to enjoy. This might have to be our new Friday night tradition…

Slices of naan pizza topped with cheese, tomatoes, butternut squash, and pesto.

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Up close photo of naan pizza topped with tomatoes, butternut squash, pesto, and cheese on a black baking stone.

Naan Pizza with Butternut Squash and Pesto


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 3
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This naan pizza, topped with roasted butternut squash, pesto and gouda cheese makes for an easy vegetarian weeknight meal or an impressive party appetizer.


Ingredients

Naan Pizza

  • 1/2 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup pesto (use recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 pieces of garlic naan
  • 12 Tablespoons fresh basil, for garnish

Butternut Squash

  • 2 cups peeled and chopped butternut squash (1/41/2 inch cubes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • sea salt

Pesto

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Spread chopped butternut squash on a baking dish. Toss with 1 teaspoon oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until squash is tender.
  • While squash is roasting, make pesto by blending together basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan and olive oil until relatively smooth.
  • Place 3 pieces of naan bread on a baking sheet. Sprinkle gouda over naan, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Top with roasted squash and diced tomatoes.  Using a teaspoon, drop pesto over naan pizzas. Sprinkle each with parmesan.
  • Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until edges of the naan are lightly browned and cheese has melted. Top with fresh basil and serve.
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Fusion

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 pizza
  • Calories: 595
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 1494mg
  • Fat: 24g
  • Carbohydrates: 63g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 20g

Keywords: naan pizza

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    19 comments
    1. CounselorChick
      May 4, 2020 AT 5:42 pm

      This is just DELICIOUS! I subbed out marinara sauce for the roasted tomatoes & pecorino Romano & mozzarella for the cheeses. Amazing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 4, 2020 AT 11:23 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks so much for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it.

    2. Leslie
      April 15, 2020 AT 10:33 pm

      Made this recipe tonight and it was so good! I swear I’m losing my mind in quarantine, I definitely purchased fire roasted tomatoes at the store, but couldn’t find them in my pantry! Oh well, I doubled up on the pesto and threw some cherry tomatoes on there. It was still yummy!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 16, 2020 AT 1:26 pm

        Haha it’s okay, you’re definitely not the only one! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Leslie. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    3. Melissa
      April 4, 2020 AT 12:39 pm

      I love this recipe! Then I see a recipe for “Low Carb Eggplant Pizza” & want to make that as well as I love vegetables & eggplant is one of my favorites.
      Brittany,
      I am so happy that I found your web-site. Eating healthy is fun & with all the delicious, innovative & creative recipes that you have, it is also never boring. Thank you!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2020 AT 11:59 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Melissa! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    4. MaryPat
      November 23, 2019 AT 5:22 pm

      Made these with the mini Naan bread from Costco. Perfect with a side salad!! Yum!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 25, 2019 AT 7:16 pm

        Yay!! I love the idea of mini naan pizzas. 🙂 Thanks for trying this recipe, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. And thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it! <3

    5. Joshua Howard
      November 17, 2019 AT 9:17 am

      The best pizza recipe ever! It was really easy to make! Thank you for the share!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 18, 2019 AT 11:46 am

        Wooo-hoo!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Joshua. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    6. Janet Fazio
      November 13, 2019 AT 1:44 pm

      Perfect recipe for that butternut squash that’s been sitting on my counter for a while now.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 13, 2019 AT 3:51 pm

        Yay!! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it. 🙂

    7. arielle
      October 7, 2008 AT 8:48 pm

      I am making this!

    8. Rose
      October 6, 2008 AT 9:29 am

      This is a definite SAVE! must.make.soon.

    9. Allison
      October 6, 2008 AT 8:54 am

      Oh my goodness – that pizza looks AMAZING! I can’t wait for the results to come back! 🙂

    10. VeggieGirl
      October 6, 2008 AT 8:36 am

      Sandwich + pizza + baked pear = HOLY YUM!!!!!

    11. glidingcalm
      October 6, 2008 AT 7:48 am

      WOW! That pizza sounds and looks amazing! So creativE!!

      happy mondaaaaaaaaaay!

    12. Hangry Pants
      October 6, 2008 AT 6:24 am

      I love your use of pesto today! I want both the sandwich and pizza. Yum!

    13. eatingbender
      October 5, 2008 AT 10:40 pm

      Yum! I thought that pesto looked good by itself, but combined with butternut squash on a pizza?! Genius 🙂 It looks incredible – I love the combination with the gouda cheese, it’s very unique.

      I’ve added it to the list! Thank you so much for using this week’s ingredient!

      Yummy baked pear!

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