Smoked Pumpkin Pizza

This fantastic smoked pumpkin pizza is a great choice for the Fall season. The touch of smokiness really amps up the flavor without being too overbearing. If you’re not into smokiness, then simply use cooked pumpkin for the recipe. Or, use my method for smoking pumpkin.

Smoked Pumpkin Pizza

Smoked Pumpkin Pizza

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pizza, smoked vegetable
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh


  • 48 ounces frozen or refrigerated pizza dough
  • 2 cups arugula leaves
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan more if desired
  • flour for rolling

For sauce:

  • 2 cups smoked pumpkin flesh pureed
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt use more if preferred
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon powdered nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon powdered allspice


  • Puree pumpkin flesh in a blender or food processor with 1-2 tablespoons water or broth.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients with pumpkin in a medium pot and simmer over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Once warmed through, Remove from heat and keep covered.
  • Preheat grill for medium heat.
  • Cut pizza dough in half and roll each into 8” circles. Place dough onto the grill grates and cook for about 2-3 minutes, until the dough hardens a bit and turns golden. DO NOT TURN over. Remove dough from grill and place the raw side down onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Slather cooked side with pumpkin sauce and return dough back onto the grill raw side down and cook for 4 minutes or until dough has cooked through. Promptly remove pizza and top with arugula, sliced tomatoes, and shaved parmesan. Slice and serve.


Photo by: Sabrina Baksh

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