Watercress, Blue Cheese And Butternut Squash

Recipe courtesy of Watercress.

Watercress, Blue Cheese And Butternut Squash Pizza. Hello friends, happy Saturday. Any fun plans for the weekend? Fancy making a Watercress, Blue Cheese And Butternut Squash Pizza?

Table Of Contents:

  • Firstly, Watercress, Blue Cheese And Butternut Squash Pizza Ingredients.
  • Secondly, Watercress, Blue Cheese And Butternut Squash Pizza Method.
  • Thirdly, Other Recipe Ideas.
Watercress, Blue Cheese And Butternut Squash Pizza

How To Make Watercress, Blue Cheese And Butternut Squash Pizza:

Looking for a unique and delicious pizza recipe? Learn how to make a Watercress, Blue Cheese, and Butternut Squash Pizza with this easy-to-follow recipe. Topped with a flavourful combination of peppery watercress, tangy blue cheese, and savoury roasted butternut squash, this pizza is sure to impress your taste buds. Follow along step-by-step and create a homemade pizza that is both fresh and tasty.

Prep time: 40 minutes plus 1 hour proving time

Makes four small pizzas


For The Pizza Dough:

  • 500g strong white flour
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 325ml lukewarm water
  • Plain flour for dusting

 For the Sauce:

  • 200g tinned tomatoes
  • 2 heaped tablespoons tomato puree


  • 100g grated mozzarella
  • 75g blue cheese (we like Dorset Blue Vinny)
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 50g watercress
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Watercress, Blue Cheese And Butternut Squash Pizza

Watercress, Blue Cheese and Butternut Squash Pizza: 


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.  Make the pizza dough by combining the flour and salt in a large bowl.  Then take a measuring jug and whisk together the warm water, sugar, olive oil and yeast.   Leave the liquid for a few minutes to allow the yeast to activate.  If you can see lots of bubbles on the surface, then this means the mixture is ready.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour, then slowly pour in the liquid.  Use a fork to combine, then use your hands once the dough starts to come together.    Mix with your hands until the dough has come together into a ball then turn out onto a floured work surface.
  3. Now for the hard work!  If you have an electric mixer with a dough hook you can use this to mix the dough, 4 minutes on a medium-high speed should be enough.  Alternatively, do it the old-fashioned way and knead by hand for about ten minutes, or until you have a smooth, springy dough.
  4. Dust a large bowl with flour then place the kneaded dough inside.  Cover with a damp cloth and leave to prove in a warm place for about 45 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.

Whilst Dough Is Proving:

Whilst Dough Is Proving:

  1. While the dough is proving, peel and de-seed the butternut squash.  Dice into 2cm chunks, place on a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Put the tray into the pre-heated oven and roast the squash for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through and beginning to colour around the edges.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  2. While the squash cooks, make your pizza sauce by blending together the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree with a pinch of salt.
  3. Once your pizza dough has doubled in size, tip it out of the bowl onto a flour-dusted surface and knead briefly, this is called knocking the dough back and removes the large air bubbles inside.  At this point you could cut the dough into four and then freeze for up to two months if not using straight away.
  4. If using your dough straight away cut it into four and roll the four pieces of dough into balls.  Place them on a floured tray, cover with a damp cloth and leave to prove for a further 15 minutes.


To Finish:

  1. Finally, your dough will be ready and it’s time to make your pizzas!  Take a rolling pin and, on a floured surface, roll out your four balls of dough to your desired thickness.  Get two large pieces of kitchen foil ready and drizzle them with a little olive oil.  Carefully transfer two pizza bases to each piece of foil, making sure that they will fit in your oven.
  2. Spoon tomato sauce onto each base, using the back of the spoon to spread the sauce evenly.  Scatter over grated mozzarella, then crumble over the blue cheese and dot with the butternut squash.  Carefully transfer each piece of foil directly onto an oven shelf and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges have started to colour and the base is cooked through.
  3. Finally, remove the pizzas from the oven, scatter over the watercress and cut the pizza into generous wedges.  Serve with more watercress on the side and enjoy!
Watercress, Blue Cheese And Butternut Squash Pizza

So what do you think of this Watercress, Blue Cheese and Butternut Squash Pizza recipe? Do you also fancy trying it?

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Watercress, Blue Cheese and Butternut Squash Pizza: 

These recipes were created by development chef Keri Astill-Frew.  Keri has worked in top restaurants across the UK including a Michelin star hotel in Lancashire and a variety of fine dining restaurants and gastro-pubs in Dorset and Sussex.  She is passionate about watercress, both as an ingredient and for its fantastic health benefits and is devoted to developing new and delicious ways for you to incorporate more of it into your diet.   For more information and many more recipes please visit The Watercress Company or Watercress.

Watercress, Blue Cheese And Butternut Squash Pizza. Recipe Photography Credits: Lara Jane Thorpe Thank you so much for stopping by here today. I also hope you liked this post.

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  1. Aletha Cress Oglesby
    3 June 2023 / 01:53

    I’m always excited to find a post about watercress and watercress recipes. It’s a much-neglected vegetable and herb. My blog isn’t really about watercress, I just loaned it my family name, Cress. But once I learned how healthy watercress is, I’m glad I did.

  2. 29 May 2023 / 10:25

    This makes me hungry. Love your site!

  3. 3 May 2023 / 17:16

    Interesting ingredients, looks delicious!

  4. 3 May 2023 / 15:48

    Delicious looking but as I am not a lover of blue cheese, I will sub that with a different cheese. Love it

  5. Estelle Forrest
    2 May 2023 / 18:40

    Absolutely love this flavor combination. This is some next-level gourmet pizza for sure.

  6. 2 May 2023 / 03:58

    Looks yummy Claire. I cannot say I have had butternut squash on pizza, but it does look mighty tasty. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • 3 May 2023 / 17:38

      Thanks so much for visiting, Cara 🙂

  7. Ruth
    19 September 2018 / 17:16

    What a yummy looking pizza. Yes Please,

    • 20 September 2018 / 12:45

      Hope you get to try it 🙂

  8. Fabby
    17 September 2018 / 18:42

    Thank you so much for the feature dear Claire ! I can’t wait to find it, but I don’t on which party and I went thru all of them
    Appreciate if you let me know.

  9. helenfern
    17 September 2018 / 15:05

    Pinned this one – I want to try it next week!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – hope to see you next week too. In the mean time, have a fabulous week!

    • 30 September 2018 / 00:00

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by 🙂