Healthy Recipe for Harvest Pizza

There’s just something about  harvest pizza that sounds perfect for autumn. There’s also something about it that screams gourmet, which usually means expensive and not for college students. Fortunately, tweaking a few ingredients from this otherwise expensive treat can make for a delicious creation that will leave your stomach and pockets satisfied!

The original pizza usually calls for:

An expensive homemade pesto.  One particular recipe calls for a sage and pine nut pesto.  Nuts are already pretty expensive…especially pine nuts!  A cup of pine nuts goes for about 8$ and that is just one ingredient in the pesto.  Add the sage, and you will surely be “breaking the bank.”  A substitute that’s not only cheaper, but easier to use is Classico Traditional Basil Pesto, which goes for about $3 a jar at your local Wegman’s.  It gets better…you won’t need the whole jar so you can use it for other staple-foods like pasta, paninis, or another pizza!

Butternut Squash.  It’s not the most expensive ingredient, but you can get a great deal at the local farmer’s market.  Help out a local farmer!  Additionally, most of the food there is organic, which would be much pricier at the grocery store.

Prosciutto or another expensive form of meat.  As a college student, using chicken is your best bet.  It’s something that most of you probably already have on hand.

Goat cheese.  Goat cheese is extremely expensive.  Although, delicious, the amount necessary for the original pizza will cost you approximately $10.  Try an alternative like Kraft’s parmesan-grated cheese that you probably already have around!

Following the original recipe fully would probably cost somewhere around $30.  As a college student, you don’t want to be spending that much on pizza, especially when you’re surrounded by local pizza shops, where you can get 2 for that price with the toppings of your choice!

Instead, try this recipe:

1 pizza crust

¼ – ½ cup of Classico Traditional Basil Pesto

2-3 small chicken breasts-chopped (feel free to marinate in Classico Pesto)

1 cup of sautéed spinach

1 butternut squash chopped and sautéed in:

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

¼ tsp. nutmeg (if you have)

1 red onion sliced and sautéed

½ cup Kraft parmesan grated cheese or three-cheese blend

*If you’re feeling really daring, try making the pizza dough from scratch!  The main ingredient is bread flour, and a bag of this stuff will get you really far.  The rest of the recipe consists of water, yeast, olive oil, and salt—all ingredients that you probably have in and around your kitchen!

Annie’s Eats offers a recipe for the “perfect pizza crust” using:

½ cup warm water; 1 ¼ cup room-temperature water

1 envelope instant yeast

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

4 cups bread flour

1 ½ tsp. salt

Try this recipe with your roommates as a treat during finals week!

By Shweta Shreyarthi

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