Feb 24, 2014
Topped with fresh mozzarella, Italian sausage and basil, this meatlovers' pizza is always a crowd pleaser.
Oil, as needed
2 mild or spicy Italian sausages, casing removed
Flour, for rolling dough
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
2/3 cup to 1 cup jarred puréed tomatoes (passata)
1/2 small red onion, sliced
Handful whole black olives, pitted
1 large ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
Handful fresh basil leaves, torn
Hot pepper oil, for serving (optional)
Heat 1 tbsp. oil in large frying pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, add sausage meat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is no longer pink, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain excess fat. Let cool before using.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Oil a 17-inch x 11-inch baking sheet.
On lightly floured work surface, roll dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Add to prepared baking sheet. Set aside.
Spread 2/3 cup of tomatoes over rolled dough, adding more tomatoes for a saucier pizza. Top with sausage, onion, black olives and mozzarella.
Bake pizza until crust is golden brown and crisp and cheese is bubbling, about 18 to 20 minutes.
For serving, sprinkle with fresh basil and drizzle with hot pepper oil, if desired.
Yield: 1 large (17-inch x 11-inch) party pizza.