A perfect balance of sweet and savory, this pumpkin and apple pizza has the deal sealed with bacon and delicious roasted garlic and ricotta cheese sauce!
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Bacon is that thing that makes everything in life taste better. In a way it’s kind of like salt – only better. If you love bacon as much as I do, then you’re going to fall head over heels for this Pumpkin and Apple Pizza with Bacon. It has pumpkin and green apple that is cooked in the fat rendered from the bacon and is balanced with peppery arugula and a sweet mixture of roasted garlic and ricotta! Pizza night will forever be changed!
Skills & Techniques
Before you begin making this yummy Pumpkin and Apple Pizza with Bacon, brush up on your skills and techniques by reading up on:
- Buying Pumpkins For Cooking. Don’t end up with a watery and bland pumpkin; know which kind will give you the best flavor!
- How To Cook A Pumpkin. This has all the tips you need to know about how to sauté a pumpkin.
- 9 Tips for a Perfect Pizza Crust. Get the perfect homemade pizza crust by following these tips!
- How To Roast Garlic. The sauce for this pizza uses not one, but two heads of roasted garlic. Find out how to get the perfect texture to keep it smooth in the sauce.
- What Kind of Flour To Use. Not sure whether to use all-purpose or bread flour? Find out now.
- How To Buy & Store Bacon. Find out the right cut and thickness to purchase for the best results on this pizza!
Also, for this pumpkin pizza I recommend using my favorite recipe for pizza crust – but turn it into a whole wheat crust by replacing one cup of the flour with whole wheat flour. This will give the pumpkin pizza a richer and deeper autumnal flavor that will accent the other flavors well.
Storage and Leftovers
Not that I think that you’re going to have leftovers, but just in case, this pumpkin pizza can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-5 days, or wrapped in aluminum foil for up to 48 hours.
If you would like to reheat this pizza, I recommend:
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Place the pizza on a sheet pan with parchment paper, or onto a clean pizza stone. Put in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until pizza is heated through.
- Carefully remove from the oven and serve hot.
Since it’s autumn and we’re transitioning into heartier, deeper flavors, I’ve recommended a whole wheat crust with this recipe. Whole wheat crusts however tend to dry out and get sad when reheated. I advise that you brush the crust with just a little bit of olive oil before reheating to help out with this issue. 🙂
Pumpkin and Apple Pizza with Bacon
It may seem like an odd thing to put on a pizza, but arugula’s slightly spicy and peppery flavor can add a lot to the flavor profile. For this pizza, I recommend placing it under most of the toppings before cooking. Since arugula is so tender and does not have a super high concentration of water, it tends to become overly crisp and paper thin when cooked in the oven for very long. By placing it under the other ingredients it maintains is supple texture with little fear of it ruining your pizza or preventing the crust from baking because of its moisture content.
Get your free printable grocery list for this Pumpkin and Apple Pizza with Bacon HERE.
This grocery list has everything you’ll need to make this Pumpkin and Apple Pizza with Bacon recipe. To help in making grocery shopping simple, each ingredient is listed in easy-to-find grocery store amounts. If there is no amount specified, that means that you can buy the smallest (or largest) container available and still have plenty left over.
If you would like to try some of our other savory pumpkin recipes, I recommend:
- Pumpkin Egg Casserole
- Deep Dish Pumpkin Cobbler with Parmesan Chive Biscuits
- Pumpkin and White Bean Tacos
- Brown Butter and Pumpkin Seed Scones
Happy Cooking! 🙂
Pumpkin and Apple Pizza with Bacon
- 1 batch of whole wheat pizza dough for a 12" pizza
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 1 head of roasted garlic
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 strips thick cut applewood smoked bacon , cut into pieces
- 1/2 pie pumpkin , peeled and diced
- 1 green apple , diced
- 4 cups arugula
- 1/2 small red onion , sliced
- 1 cup shredded cheese (like parmesan, fontina, mozzarella, asiago, etc...)
Preheat oven to 500°F or as high as it will go.
Spread out the cornmeal on a pizza stone, then stretch the dough out to make a 12" pizza.
Remove each of the roasted cloves of garlic from the head and use a spoon to smash them into a paste.
Stir together garlic paste with salt and ricotta until completely combined. Spread out on pizza dough as the sauce.
In a large sauté pan over medium heat, cook bacon to desired level of crispiness. Do not drain fat
Add in the pumpkin and cook for 5 Minutes. Add in the green apple and cook for 5 Minutes. At this point the pumpkin should be soft but still a little crunchy.
Put arugula on top of the garlic-ricotta sauce. Carefully spread out the hot bacon, pumpkin, and green apple mixture on top of ricotta.
Place the red onion on the rest of the toppings and finish out the pizza by sprinkling the one cup of shredded cheese on top.
Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 17 Minutes or until the cheese is browned and the crust is at your desired doneness.
Remove the pizza from the oven and let cool for 2 Minutes. Cut into 8 slices and serve.