Pumpkin Pizza with Pancetta, Caramelized Onions & Crispy Sage

This seasonal pumpkin pizza leans on canned pumpkin pureé for the base of the sauce. Big flavor toppings like pancetta, bleu cheese and caramelized onions are a winning combination.

  • Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains, Entreés
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Low Calorie


  • 4 ounces pancetta, small diced
  • 1 medim red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup pumpkin pureé
  • 2 tsp brown sugar (divided)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pre-made pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles
  • 56 sage leaves
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • optional: crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. 
  3. Brown the pancetta in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and decrease heat to low. 
  4. Add the sliced onions to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until caramelized (about 30 minutes). 
  5. Meanwhile, mix the pumpkin, 1 teaspoon of the brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  6. Once the onions are finished cooking, add the remaining teaspoon of brown and stir until evenly distributed. 
  7. Build the pizza: place pizza crust on sheet pan. Spread the pumpkin mixture evenly on top the crust. Layer with onions, pancetta and bleu cheese crumbles. 
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes (or per the crust package directions).
  9. While the pizza cooks, make the crispy sage leaves by heating the 2 tablespoons of oil in skillet. Add leaves and cook until bright green and crispy, about 10-15 seconds. Transfer to the paper towel lined plate. 
  10. Once pizza is done cooking, top with sage, walnuts, and crushed red pepper flakes (if using).



  • The equipment section above includes affiliate links to things I use often in my kitchen and recommend.
  • If you can’t find pancetta, feel free to sub bacon or prosciutto instead 
  • I used a pre-made sprouted wheat crust (see photo above) but you can use your favorite as long as it’s cooked.


Keywords: pizza recipes, pumpkin recipes, pumpkin pizza, fall recipes