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!
Note: This post was updated on August 13, 2019 with new content for your enjoyment!
Bacon makes everything in life taste better. Am I right? 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 pizza.
The pizza sauce is a sweet mixture of roasted garlic and ricotta! It has fresh pumpkin and green apple that is cooked in the fat rendered from the bacon and is balanced with peppery arugula. Pizza night will forever be changed and store bought or restaurants will never live up to this pumpkin pizza recipe.
Tip For Making The Pizza Sauce
Unlike a lot of pumpkin pizzas, which rely on canned pumpkin puree for the autumnal flavor, this recipe uses a different sauce; ricotta cheese and whole roasted garlic.
For the best results, roast the garlic for 5-10 minutes extra. Especially if it is a large head. This helps make sure the garlic cloves are soft enough to smash into the sauce. I mean, you could absolutely leave the garlic cloves whole if you want, but you get a better distribution of flavor this way.
How To Make Pumpkin Pizza Even Better
To take this pumpkin pizza recipe from awesome to phenomenal, use some of this culinary tips below. I highly recommend the first one so you get a flavorful pumpkin. It adds such a better flavor to the pizza than pumpkin puree does.
- 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.
- 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 a whole wheat crust. This will give the pumpkin pizza a richer and deeper autumnal flavor that accents the other overall profile better.
Pumpkin Pizza Recipe
It may seem like an odd thing to put on a pizza, but arugula’s slightly spicy and peppery flavor adds a lot to the flavor profile. It’s a very tender green and doesn’t have a super high concentration of water, so it tends to get crispy and paper thin if baked for too long.
For this pizza, I recommend placing it under the bulk of the toppings before cooking. This helps it maintains its supple texture with little fear of it ruining your pizza or preventing the crust from baking because of its moisture content.
Want a free printable grocery list for this autumnal pumpkin pizza recipe? Everything is listed in standard grocery store amounts. If no size is specified, even the smallest package will provide more than enough.
If you would like to try some of other savory pumpkin recipes, I recommend:
- Pumpkin Egg Casserole
- Deep Dish Pumpkin Cobbler with Parmesan Chive Biscuits
- Pumpkin and White Bean Tacos
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Cooking! 🙂
Pumpkin and Apple Pizza with Bacon
- 1 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 sugar pumpkin*, peeled and diced
- 1 green apple, diced
- 4 cups arugula
- 1/2 small red onion, sliced
- 1 cup shredded cheese, (like fontina, mozzarella, asiago, or parmesan cheese)
- Preheat oven to 500°F or as high as it will go.
- Stretch the dough to make a 12" pizza, place it on a pizza stone sprinkled generously with cornmeal and set aside.
- Remove each of the roasted cloves of garlic from the head and use a spoon to smash them into a paste. Stir in salt and ricotta until completely combined. Spread out on pizza dough as the sauce.
- In a large skillet over medium low heat, cook bacon to desired level of crispiness. Do not drain fat.
- Put arugula on top of the garlic-ricotta sauce. Carefully spread out the hot bacon, pumpkin, and green apple mixture on top of ricotta. Add the red onion and finish out by sprinkling the shredded cheese on top.
- Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 17 Minutes or until the cheese is golden brown, you have lightly caramelized onions, and the crust is at your desired doneness. Remove the pizza from the stone with a pizza peel, cut into eight slices and serve.