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Pesto Pumpkin Pizza Recipe

Pesto Pumpkin Pizza

Credit: Lisa Guy

Butternut pumpkin delivers plenty of dietary fibre, which is important for good heart and digestive health. Its bright-orange colour indicates high levels of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that enhances immune function and helps protect against cardiovascular disease.

Green leafies like baby spinach and basil are also great sources of beta-carotene, along with vitamin K, which is needed for regulating blood clotting and reducing the risk of osteoporosis and atherosclerosis.

Serves: 2-4




  • 1 small butternut pumpkin, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 flat breads (wholegrain or gluten-free)
  • 1/3 cup tomato pizza sauce
  • 2 handfuls shredded mozzarella
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • ½ cup pesto
  • Handful crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. In a medium bowl toss pumpkin pieces, garlic and a little olive oil until pumpkin is well coated. Place pumpkin on a baking tray lined with baking paper and place in the oven for 30-40 mins until the pumpkin is cooked through.
  3. Spread flat breads with tomato sauce, top with mozzarella, baby spinach, pumpkin pieces, dollops of pesto, crumbled feta and pine nuts.
  4. Place pizzas in the oven for around 18-20 mins until the base is crispy and golden.
  5. To serve, top with some fresh herbs or baby spinach.


Lisa Guy

Lisa Guy is a respected Sydney-based naturopath, author and passionate foodie with 16 years of clinical experience. She runs a naturopathic clinic in Rose Bay called Art of Healing and is the founder of Bodhi Organic Tea.

Lisa is a great believer that good wholesome food is one of the greatest pleasures in life and the foundation of good health. Lisa encourages her clients to get back to eating what nature intended: good, clean, wholesome food that’s nutrient-rich and free from high levels of sugars, harmful fats, artificial additives and pesticides. Her aim is to change the way people eat, cook and think about food.

Lisa is an avid health writer, being a regular contributor to The Sunday Telegraph's Body and Soul, and leading magazines including WellBeing. Lisa is an author of five books to date, including My Goodness: all you need to know about children’s health and nutrition , Pregnancy Essentials, Heal Yourself, Listen to your Body and Healthy Skin Diet .