The Best Ways to Doctor Up Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Pizza Crust

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(Image credit: Lauren Masur)

Butternut squash is really, really good on top of pizza. But what happens when the butternut squash BECOMES the pizza? That’s what I imagine was the lightbulb moment somewhere in a faraway Trader Joe’s HQ conference room, during their company-wide brainstorm for their newest seasonal, alternative pizza crust offering: Butternut squash pizza crust.

I recently gave the crust a try, for research purposes, and concluded that it wasn’t exactly my favorite because I couldn’t get it crispy enough for my liking. SO, in hopes of giving this buzzy new item a second chance, I turned to the wise people of the internet for some ideas on how to zhuzh it up and make it a little less sweet, soggy, and sad. Here are some new ideas that just might fix the problem.

Keep it simple.

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This Trader Joe’s fan went with a classic sauce + cheese + pepperoni assembly, and declared it to be better than the store’s cauliflower counterpart.

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It’s hard to go wrong with cheese, cherry tomatoes, and oregano.

Pile on the protein.

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For this Instagrammer, TJ’s butternut squash crust is the perfect vehicle for hearty barbecue chicken, cheese and sweet potato.

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Have leftover rotisserie chicken? Shred it and pile it on!

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Everything’s better with bacon. In this case, Canadian bacon.

Load on the veggies.

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Brussels sprouts and asparagus make for perfect squash crust toppers.

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Did you ever think you could get your daily serving of veggies by having pizza for dinner?

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Here’s an idea for a fridge-cleanout pizza… just throw everything on top and hope for the best.

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Like we said before, squash on top of squash is a big-time move.

Serve with special sauce.

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For some butternut squash inception action, top this crust with TJ’s Autumnal Harvest Alfredo Sauce.

Have you tried this pizza crust yet?

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