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White Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Butternut Squash

We've had a lot of sourdough discard that we've kept in the fridge and put to use - and we've gotten super creative with how we use discard, especially over the weekends when there's been a little more time. I suggest if you don't have a go-to pizza dough recipe, to use store-bought pizza dough, as this works completely fine! One evening, I decided to make a white pizza with homemade béchamel sauce. We were mainly trying to figure out how to use more vegetables and also how to use what was leftover in our pantry, so we decided to roast butternut squash, add caramelized onions, and finish the pizza off with parmesan and fresh mozzarella.

Béchamel is a sauce made from butter, flour, and milk and though it sounds fancy - is actually really simple to make and can be used for a MULTITUDE of dishes. Just always remember 1:1:1. What that means is for every one tablespoon of flour, use one tablespoon of butter, and one cup of milk.

As you can see above, I first start by melting the butter and I added a LOT of chopped garlic for additional flavor. I add the all-purpose flour in and mix together until you get a pale brown color (a.k.a the butter/flour no longer looks blonde). Since I made 3 cups of béchamel, I used 3 tbsp. flour, 3 tbsp butter, 3 cups of milk. That's when you know you're ready to add the first cup of milk.

Gradually add the milk in and whisk, one cup at a time. You can increase your heat a little bit at this point so long as you watch the pot carefully. You want to wait until each cup you pour in mixes with the flour/butter mixture and thickens. That's when you know you're ready for the next. And that's all there is to it!

Once all the cups of milk have been added in and you've formed a nice, creamy sauce - go ahead and add your herbs and spices in. In this instance, I added chopped fresh basil since the garlic was already incorporated and added in. I then added salt, pepper, and crushed red chilies. If you want to add cheese for a pasta, this would be the time to do that. But since I was making pizza and adding cheese at a later point, I left it exactly like this!

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