Butternut Squash, Pesto and Walnut Pizza with Garlic Cashew Cheese

Bonjour everybody, guess who’s back and feels sorry for letting you abandoned without Jon Snow appreciation posts for like 398429 years.

What can I say, uni has been crazy and stuff.

Vegan Butternut Squash, Pesto and Walnut Pizza with Garlic Cashew Cheese

AND making the transition to a tiny weeny dorm room (without oven or proper pans to make pancakes) and moving to a different town?? Even crazier.


Hello, my name is Consuelo and I’m doing a degree in “Professional whining and complaining about stuff I cannot change and dinner getting stuck in the bottom of crappy, cheap dorm room pans”. I’ve heard I’m getting all A++++++++’s this term.

Vegan Butternut Squash, Pesto and Walnut Pizza with Garlic Cashew Cheese

Now, seriously, can I sign for the complaining degree? It sounds way easier than the food and enviroment one I’m taking. Read: just math and physics for the moment. I kinda feel like throwing myself off the window, but I fear that someone would force me calculate the strength which I hit the ground with afterwards, so no, thank you – I’ll look for a different way not to attend to physic lessons anymore.

Vegan Butternut Squash, Pesto and Walnut Pizza with Garlic Cashew Cheese

Before I start complaing as you guys know I can do – oh how I wish I was as good as physics as I’m complaining – I think I’ll introduce you to the Jon Snow of pizzas.

This baby.

If wanting to marry your pizza is wrong then I don’t want to be right.

Vegan Butternut Squash, Pesto and Walnut Pizza with Garlic Cashew Cheese

 But who wouldn’t, that’s the question. A crispy, golden crust topped with caramelised chunks of butternut squash, zingy pesto and creamy garlic cashew cheese. Isn’t that what heaven sounds like?

And, bonus points for the fact that this pizza is also healthy and completely vegan! Vegan pizza? You mean NO CHEESE? Cra-zy. 

Vegan Butternut Squash, Pesto and Walnut Pizza with Garlic Cashew Cheese

Caramelised butternut squash, extra basil, black wizardy… call it what you want, but no cheese absolutely works today.

I could go on talking about pizza for hours (urgent question: is there a degree for that? I need to sign up for that one as well), buuuut my physics homework is calling my name from my desk, so I guess I’ll just see you later.

Butternut Squash, Pesto and Walnut Pizza with Garlic Cashew Cheese
A crispy wholewheat crust topped with caramelised butternut squash, zingy pesto, creamy garlic cashew cheese and lots of basil! And it's healthy too!
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For the crust
  1. 1 + 1/2 cup white flour
  2. 1 cup wholewheat flour
  3. 1/2 tsp. active dried yeast
  4. 1 + 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 cup water
  6. 1 tsp. salt
Garlic Cashew Cheese
  1. 2 cups cashews
  2. 4 tbsp. soaking water
  3. 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  4. 2 garlic cloves
  5. salt and pepper to taste
Pesto
  1. 1/3 cup fresh basil
  2. 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  3. 2 garlic cloves
  4. 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Extra
  1. 2 tbsp. tomato sauce
  2. 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  3. 1/4 cup walnuts
  4. extra fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Start by making the crust a couple of days before you want to make the pizza. Mix both flours, dry yeast and salt. Add in olive oil and water. Stir to combine. Refrigerate at least overnight (you can keep it in an airtight container up to 4 days in the fridge!).
  2. When your dough is ready, dust it with cornmeal and roll it thinly if you want a crispy crust. Bake at 220ΒΊC for 15-20 minutes so it gets crispy!
  3. While you bake the pizza crust, you can roast the cubed butternut squash chunks as well, but do not do it at the same time so the crust ends up crispy and the butternut squash gets nicely caramelised.
  4. For the butternut squash, all that you have to do is roast it for 20 minutes before you put it on top of the pizza.
  5. For the pesto, add all of the ingredients to the blender and process until smooth.
  6. For the cashew cheese, soak the cashews overnight. Add them to a food processor with the soaking water and process until smooth. Add in minced garlic, oil and salt and process them again. You will likely have extra cheese.
  7. To assemble the pizza, top the already baked crust with a layer of tomato sauce, roasted butternut squash cubes, dollops of pesto and cashew cheese and walnuts. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melty.
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Let’s get serious now guys – as much as I enjoy it, I don’t think I can post as often as I used to, but I’m going to try and read your blogs and write as much as I can. Pinky promise and all that. I’ve really, really missed you all. Thank you so much for all the sweet comments and emails you sent me while I was “on vacation” (read: tryiing to figure out how not to die in physics class) (read #2: if anybody has the answer to that, just drop an email to consuelodetejeda@gmail.com. And brownies, send brownies too. And Jon Snow, will you guys send him in a cute little package as well) (read #3: SORRY THAT WAS SO CREEPY)

Ok all I wanted to say is that I’m not leaving the blog, it’s just that I will post less often than I did in summer. 

Thanks for putting up with such a weird post, it feels so weird to write after all this time.

Love,

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24 Comments

  • Reply whiskandshout October 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Your photos are bomb! Love everything that’s going on here, especially your writing πŸ™‚ ” I kinda feel like throwing myself off the window, but I fear that someone would force me calculate the strength which I hit the ground with afterwards, so no, thank you” made me laugh out loud! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Julie @ This Gal Cooks October 6, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Oh my oh my does this pizza look GOOD! Do want now.

    Ah, I never went off to college and stayed in a dorm. I stayed local and lived at home…and finally completed my degree 15 years after I graduated high school. LOL. You will have a good time and adjust. Just about everyone I know who has stayed in a dorm has said it was great, for the most part!

    Hope you’re having a great weekend, Consuelo!

  • Reply Alyssa @ My Sequined Life October 6, 2014 at 3:28 am

    I hope you’re having a great time Consuelo! (Minus the physics..blegh). I hear ya on improvising a lot of the time with kitchen gear in the dorms. There’s no way I could have blogged while I was in college! Packets of oatmeal and popcorn aren’t exactly captivating. πŸ™‚ I loveeee this pizza though! You’ve got me craving butternut squash now, and your pics are fab! (as always).

  • Reply Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron October 6, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Welcome back! Ugh, physics AND math? That’s just not right! This pizza looks amazing, though, and cashew cheese? Sounds crazy good!!

  • Reply foodrecipeshq October 6, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I am willing to offer my help for the physics problems in lieu of a home delivered pizza like this one! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen October 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Consuelo, you make me laugh every time I read your posts. πŸ™‚ And this pizza? Totally, completely, utterly awesomeness.

  • Reply shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com October 6, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Consuelo – I was just wondering where you were – this is my kind of pizza – as I am lactose intolerant! Love the flavor of the caramelized butternut squash with the “zingy” pesto and creamy garlic cashew cheese! BRILLIANT!!!
    I wold not have guessed that a degree in food and environment would have so much math and physics – Good luck lady – will be here reading the next time you are able to post!

  • Reply Monet Moutrie October 7, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Smile. You always make me laugh! I was so happy to see a post from you…and this pizza looks too delicious!

  • Reply josefinetm October 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    How wonderful to hear from you again! Uni sounds exhausting, but I’m glad to hear you are doing fine πŸ˜€
    This looks SO delicious! And the combination of flavors sounds just perfect. Pinned!

  • Reply Daniela October 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    This amazing treat for sure turns all thoughts about complaints into thoughts about culinary dreams. So much better πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ashley October 9, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Good luck with all your classes!! And this pizza sounds incredible! I cannot get enough butternut squash right now!

  • Reply Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com October 9, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Welcome back! And wanting to marry your pizza is NEVER wrong, especially when it looks like this!

  • Reply Monica October 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Consuelo! Good luck with your school work and juggling it all. Your pizza looks fabulous! I need hearty eats like this to make it through these cooler days and longer nights! The garlic cashew cheese is very creative. Take care!

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon October 12, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Uni can make it so hard to blog sometimes! I’m with you there this month. This pizza however looks amazing πŸ™‚

  • Reply Writing Process Blog Tour October 12, 2014 at 11:07 am

    […] has it together! She’s hilarious and her photography is always gorgeous. I’m making this vegan pizza later this week for dinner and I cannot wait! Consuelo’s vegan recipes always have a way of […]

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane October 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    welcome back, consuelo! don’t worry, I know what it’s like to move house and cities (actually, in my case countries). It ‘s tough and even tougher to keep up with a blogging schedule.
    Love this come-back pizza, though. I’ve never tried cashew cheese but it sounds intriguing!

  • Reply steworastory October 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I LOVE butternut squash on pizza. This one looks gorgeous! Glad you’re back to blogging. I know it must be hard living in a small dorm. Would love to hear more about your uni experience.

  • Reply renee@ Two in the Kitchen October 17, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Consuelo!!! I missed you!! I hope you are having a great time at college. Sorry that it sounds like your dorm is lacking in the kitchen department but you still managed to make this amazing pizza!! I want it NOW!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Judit + Corina | Glamorous Bite October 17, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Glad you are back Consuelo and with so much humor! Your pizza crust looks perfect, and we just keep scrolling up and down and wishing we could grab a slice or two πŸ™‚
    Best with your new dorm room and we know that you will make something wonderful in your tiny kitchen πŸ™‚
    J+C

  • Reply Kelly October 18, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Welcome back Consuelo and good luck with all your classes! Love this butternut squash pizza, it looks delicious! That garlic cashew cheese sounds amazing!

  • Reply AimΓ©e / Wallflower Girl October 18, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    This pizza looks mighty fine and I LOVE that it’s vegan too πŸ™‚

  • Reply ashley October 20, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Garlic cashew cheese??? This is pizza genius right here!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes October 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Consuelo it’s like we took the exact same break from blogging together – You to get adjusted with school and me to figure out this whole wedding/married thing πŸ˜‰ either way, glad we are both back, I missed ya!!! xx

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner October 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Yeah! Loving that you’re back. πŸ™‚ You gotta do what you gotta do, girl. Love this pizza!

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