PREP: 60 minutes | COOK: 15-20 minutes | YIELD: 8 slices

These may seem like unlikely toppings for a pizza, but the combination is pure heaven, and it will make you feel like you’re eating something truly gourmet.

1½ lbs (680 g) whole wheat pizza dough (store bought or see Supportive Recipes), at room temperature

½ butternut squash, about 1½ lbs (680 g), seeds scooped out

2 tsp (10 ml) extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 small clove garlic, chopped

1 tsp (5 ml) fresh thyme

Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced

¼ tsp (1.25 ml) herbes de Provence

2 Portobello mushrooms, stemmed, halved and sliced into ¼-inch thick pieces

½ cup (120 ml) Yogurt Cheese

¼ cup (60 ml) hazelnuts or filberts, coarsely chopped

Eat-Clean Cooking Spray (see Supportive Recipes)

Pinch each sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whole wheat flour or cornmeal, for dusting the pizza stone or baking sheet

Preheat oven to 425°F (215°C). Spray flesh of squash with Eat-Clean Cooking Spray and place flesh side down on a baking sheet. Bake until tender when pierced with a skewer, about 40 minutes. Remove and let cool until comfortable to handle. Scoop squash from skin and transfer to a food processor. Add 1 tsp (5 ml) olive oil, garlic, thyme, nutmeg and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.

Heat 1 tsp (5 ml) olive oil in a large skillet on medium high. Add onion and herbes de Provence. Cook until onions are starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly caramelized, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat.

Heat a large skillet on medium and spray with Eat-Clean Cooking Spray. Add Portobello mushrooms in a single layer, spray tops with a little Eat-Clean Cooking Spray, and cook, stirring rarely, until soft and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and remove from heat.

Stretch, roll out or toss the pizza dough into a shape that will cover a 15-or 16-inch pizza stone or round or large rectangular baking sheet. Sprinkle pizza stone or baking sheet with a little flour or cornmeal to prevent dough from sticking, and stretch dough over top. Spread squash pure onto dough, leaving ½-inch of crust at the edge. Top with mushrooms and caramelized onions. Dollop with yogurt cheese, and sprinkle with hazelnuts.

Place pizza in oven and bake until crust is golden brown at the edges, and pizza is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.

Transfer to a cutting board to cut into slices and serve.

TIME SAVER

The dough and toppings can be prepared up to two days ahead of time. When you’re ready, just assemble and bake.

NOTE

Yogurt Cheese must be made ahead of time.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE PER SLICE:

Calories: 299 | Calories from Fat: 66 | Protein: 9 g | Carbs: 51 g | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 0.5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Fiber: 6 g | Sodium: 435 mg | Cholesterol: 1 mg