The Best Pumpkin Pizza Recipe

Pumpkin, apples, and sage come together in this fall-inspired pizza. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Pumpkin, apples, and sage come together in this fall-inspired pizza.

Why this recipe works:

  • Baking the pizza on a pre-heated Baking Steel under a broiler maximizes crispness and gives you pizzeria-quality charred edges.
  • Slow-roasting pumpkin enhances its sweetness and intensifies its flavor.
  • We incorporate pumpkin in two ways: as tender sweet dollops of mashed pumpkin, and sautéed in butter.
  • Sautéing cubes of apple along with the pumpkin enhances its flavor without distracting.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 105 mins
Serves: 3 to 4 servings

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  • 1 pound homemade or store-bought pizza dough, divided into two 8-ounce balls

  • 1 small kabocha squash or sugar pumpkin, quartered, seeds discarded

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch grated nutmeg

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 crisp baking apples such as Golden Delicious, cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage leaves, plus 1/4 cup roughly torn leaves, divided

  • Flour for dusting

  • 8 ounces shredded Gruyère cheese

  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese

  • 2 ounces grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 2 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced, divided


  1. Place each ball of pizza dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Set aside.

  2. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 325°F. Toss three pumpkin quarters with 1 tablespoon olive oil and coat thoroughly with hands. Season with salt and pepper. Place in a cast iron skillet or on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and roast until a knife meets no resistance when poked into the flesh around the stem, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.

  3. Scrape pumpkin flesh out into a large bowl. Add honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Mash with a whisk until a rough purée is formed. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. While pumpkins are roasting, cut remaining pumpkin quarter into 1/2-inch dice. Melt butter in a large skillet over high heat, swirling until foaming subsides. Add diced pumpkin and apple and cook, tossing and stirring frequently until tender and browned on most sides, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper; stir in minced sage. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  5. When toppings are ready, adjust oven rack to top position under broiler and place a Baking Steel or pizza stone on top. Preheat oven to maximum heat setting. Allow to preheat for 30 minutes.

  6. Transfer one ball of pizza dough to a bowl of flour and turn to coat. Transfer to a lightly floured wooden pizza peel and stretch or roll into a thin circle. Top with half of shredded gruyere cheese, half of the mozzarella applied in dollops, and a light sprinkling of Parmesan. Add mashed pumpkin in rough dollops around the cheese. Add half of sautéed pumpkin and apple. Sprinkle with torn sage leaves and half the scallion whites. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt. Turn broiler on to high and launch pizza onto baking steel. Bake, rotating occasionally, until puffy and charred around the edges, about 4 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with half the pale-green scallions, and serve. Repeat with remaining dough and toppings.

Special equipment

Wooden pizza peel, metal pizza peel, Baking Steel or pizza stone

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1012 Calories
60g Fat
80g Carbs
39g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1012
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 60g 77%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 1889mg 82%
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 952mg 73%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 464mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)