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Cajun Veggie Pumpkin Pizza

October 11, 2021
Make this loaded Cajun-spiced vegetarian pizza at home for a family-friendly dinner!

Cajun Veggie Pumpkin Pizza

This Cajun Veggie Pumpkin Pizza is loaded with spicy pumpkin sauce, roasted colorful vegetables and a fluffy homemade crust. An ideal upgrade for family pizza night!

Cajun Roasted Veggie Pumpkin Pizza

Pizza night is always a fun dinner time at my house. Whether we’re digging into Garlic Herb Cheese Pizza or a healthy Chickpea + Veggie Gluten-Free Pesto Pizza, there’s no going wrong when you’re loading a homemade pie crust with your favorite seasonal toppings.

During the fall, I’m all about pumpkin, naturally. So it makes sense to make a creamy pumpkin sauce to top my homemade pizza dough. The roasted vegetables and gooey melted cheese are the perfect finishing touches on this family favorite meal. 

Cajun Roasted Veggie Pumpkin Pizza

How to Make Cajun Pumpkin Pizza

There are three parts to this recipe: the fluffy homemade pizza crust, the cajun pumpkin sauce and the roasted vegetable toppings. Start by making the crust, then roast the veggies and make the simple sauce. Finally, assemble your beautiful pie and dig in!

Cajun Roasted Veggie Pumpkin Pizza

Homemade Pizza Crust

You can certainly use a store-bought crust for this pizza recipe. But if you’d like to make your own, you’ll need these simple ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour. I use organic flour from Bob’s Red Mill.
  • Warm water. This helps activate the yeast. 
  • Rapid rise yeast. 1 packet is about 1 1/2 teaspoons of yeast.
  • Olive oil. This softens and flavors the pizza dough. 
  • Almond milk. Another dairy-free milk will also work. 

Cajun Roasted Veggie Pumpkin Pizza

Roasted Vegetable Toppings

I like to add nutrients, color and flavor to this pizza with plenty of healthy vegetables:

  • Spinach. You can use kale or another leafy green if you prefer. 
  • Grape tomatoes. I like roasting the tomatoes to concentrate their flavor. 
  • Mozzarella and parmesan cheese. These two melt wonderfully and have a salty, savory flavor. 
  • Cajun seasoning. You can find my homemade Cajun seasoning recipe in this One-Pot Cajun Pasta post. 

Cajun Roasted Veggie Pumpkin Pizza

Cajun Pumpkin Sauce for Pizza

To complement the doughy crust and healthy vegetable toppings, make a simple three-ingredient sauce with:

  • Pumpkin puree. Just make sure you’re not using canned pumpkin pie filling, which is full of sweet spices!
  • Stock. You can use chicken or veggie stock or broth for the sauce. 
  • Cajun seasoning. Make your own using my recipe or find store-bought Cajun seasoning. 

Cajun Roasted Veggie Pumpkin Pizza

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Cajun Roasted Veggie Pumpkin Pizza

Cajun Roasted Veggie Pumpkin Pizza

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Serves: 8 servings
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Ingredients

CRUST:

  • 3 1/2 cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsps pure honey
  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 Tbsps Almond milk + more if needed

CAJUN PUMPKIN SAUCE:

  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling!)
  • 1/4 cup chicken or veggie stock
  • 1 Tbsp cajun seasoning (See Notes!)

TOPPINGS:

  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 2 Tbsps Extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

TO MAKE THE CRUST:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer (with a dough hook attachment), mix together the warm water, honey, olive oil, and yeast (you might need to use a whisk to ensure that everything combines together well). Let is sit for at least 5 minutes, until yeast begins to activate and foam.
  • Slowly add the flour, salt, and milk (on low speed!), until fully incorporated and a soft dough is formed. NOTE: if dough is too sticky, add 1/2 cup of additional flour at a time)
  • Now, increase the speed to medium-high and knead the dough for about 5 minutes in the mixer. 
  • Once dough is formed, add it to a large greased bowl (with olive oil), roll it around, and cover it until it rises a bit, about 15 minutes.

TO ROAST THE TOMATOES:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the halved grape tomatoes in a bowl with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and cajun seasonings, mixing everything together until well coated. Place unto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until tomatoes are wilted, and charred.

TO MAKE PUMPKIN SAUCE:

  • In a bowl, mix all ingredients together until well combined.

ASSEMBLY:

  • After the rise, add the dough onto a floured surface and slightly roll out the dough until it’s flat enough to form a flat circle the rest of the way with your hands, about 11 inches in diameter.
  • Lightly grease your pizza pan with extra virgin olive oil and place dough on one end of pan, evenly pressing it and flattening it out to fit the entire pan. Gently use your finger to stretch dough until pan is fully covered and gently pinch the edges of the dough together to form the crust.
  • Brush a generous amount of the pumpkin sauce over the top of the crust until evenly coated.
  • Generously sprinkle on the cheeses until crust is fully covered in the middle, leaving a bit of crust for the edges. Top with spinach followed by roasted tomatoes.
  • Lightly brush the tops of the edge of the crust with 1 Tbsp of olive oil to ensure that it becomes a nice golden brown.
  • Place top rack into the middle of oven. Gently transfer the pizza pie to the hot oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or so, until the cheese has melted (and becomes bubbly) and the crust is crispy and golden brown.
  • Once done, allow pizza to rest/cool for a few minutes (about 2-3 minutes) so that the cheese sets before cutting into generous slices, using a pizza cutter.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • PIZZA CRUST: For a crispy pizza (especially on the bottom), I suggest using a pizza pan with holes to allow the crust to bake through nicely. I used the AirBake Pizza Pan, which can be found at Target!
  • STORAGE: Leftover pizza is best kept tightly wrapped in foil paper, refrigerated for 3-4 days for optimal freshness.
  • GLUTEN-FREE CRUST:To make your pizza crust GF, see my Easy GF Pizza Crust recipe.
  • CAJUN SEASONING (STORAGE):Any leftover cajun seasoning mix can be stored in a ziplock bag for later use or used as garnish. For homemade cajun seasoning, head over to my One-Pot Cajun Pasta recipe.

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