Spicy Three Cheese Italian Sausage and Red Pepper Pizza

My love for Spicy Three Cheese Italian Sausage and Red Pepper Pizza knows no bounds! So gloriously delicious and cheesy!

Dear Pizza,

I really like you. You’re saucy, crusty… and oh-so-cheesy. And I get to fold you in half and eat you with my hands. I love you deep dish, thin crust, cheese, meat lovers or with pesto and even pineapples {not necessarily together, of course}.

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I think about you all the time and what I love most about you is that I can make you at home without having to buy a Digiorno and pretend it’s delivery.

You’re the real deal… and I love you.

Sincerely,

Laurie {aka your bff}

Ps. I like your corners.

It’s true. I love pizza. And I think I wrote about it once {or eighteen hundred times… who’s counting?}. Do you remember me saying something about it being the one last thing I’d bring to a desert island? Yup still true.

This is one of those recipes that I kinda did the whole supermarket sweep deal. Just grabbed and went in a mad hurry. I was all “ohh sausage… red onions… red peppers!!!” You totally get it. But I swear it’s all in the three cheeses. Wanna know what’s horrible with three cheeses? Absolutely nothing.

sausage

I was planning to make two medium pizzas. So I started by taking the casing off of some medium-spiced Italian sausages and broke them up into a hot pan that had a touch of olive oil in it and cooked them until there was zero pink left. I then removed them to a clean bowl and made the sauce with the remaining sausage fat. Oh yes I dee-ud.

saucy

The sauce I made was from a post earlier in the year… it has gotten a lot of love on here and so I made it again, I just sautéed the onions and garlic using the sausage grease instead of the olive oil. Amazing.

the cheeses

Grate some mozzarella, sharp provolone and fontina.

risen

I started by making whole wheat pizza dough… or you could make the regular.

whole wheat pizza dough

I divided the dough in half and then rolled it out thin.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe l www.SimplyScratch.com

Carefully rolled it onto my rolling pin…

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And I gently laid it down onto a well-oiled rimmed, baking pan. The oil will help in crisping the bottom of the crust which isn’t a bad thing either.

sauce

Spoon on some sauce.

sausage

Then I topped that with the cooked and crumbled Italian sausage.

toppings

Then I topped that with the slices of red bell pepper, red onion and piled on the cheeses.

Pop it into a hot 450 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

red pepper flakes

Sprinkle generously with lots of red pepper flakes and let it rest for 5 minutes. Serious pizza perfection.

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Slice.

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And serve.

The flavor combination is out of this world. Yum.

 

Enjoy! And if you give this Three Cheese Italian Sausage and Red Pepper Pizza recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Spicy Three Cheese + Italian Sausage and Red Pepper Pizza

It's all in the cheese! {this is what it takes for two medium pizzas or 1 large}

Yield: 2 medium pizzas

Prep Time: 1+ hours {for dough}

Cook Time: 15-20

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes approximately

Ingredients:

1 recipe Whole Wheat or Regular Pizza Dough {links are in the post above}

1 recipe for Pizza Sauce {link is in the post above}

4 Hot or Mild Italian Sausage Links, casing removed, crumbled and cooked

1 medium Red Onion, sliced into rings

2 medium Red Bell Peppers, sliced into rings, seeds and stems discarded

8 ounces freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese

8 ounces freshly grated Sharp Provolone Cheese

8 ounces freshly grated Fontina Cheese

Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and use olive oil to grease two rimmed baking sheets generously.

Divide the dough in half and on a lightly floured surface, roll thin using a rolling pin.

Transfer the dough to the prepared pan(s) and top with pizza sauce.

Divide the cooked sausage among both pizzas and top with slices of red pepper and onion.

Divide the cheese among both pizzas and bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes, rotating the pans if necessary.

Remove and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Let the pizzas rest for 5 minutes on the pan before transferring to a cutting board and slicing into pieces.

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12 Responses to “Spicy Three Cheese Italian Sausage and Red Pepper Pizza”

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 10, 2013 at 8:36 am

    My husband and I are literally drooling over this recipe!!

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    Angela — November 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

    This looks fabulous! i love to make homemade pizza but i’m always coming up blank when thinking of new topping combos. thanks for the recipe! http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — November 10, 2013 at 11:10 am

    It’s beautiful!

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — November 11, 2013 at 12:09 am

    My boyfriend is a creep and was reading this as I was and I now have to make this for him “immediately”…”or else”… haha!

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    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — November 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Love this! You can never have too much cheese on pizza!

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    Kathryn — November 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Mega mega craving for pizza right now. You can’t go wrong with three cheeses either!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Well of course I’m dying over this.

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 12, 2013 at 10:39 am

    omg I love pizza. and cheese. fontina is one of my favorites. I just want to shove my face with this. definitely pinning for later. looooove.

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    Aly Mashrah — February 8, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Your open letter to pizza cracked me up LOL I *love* pizza so much I think I can eat it everyday. Love your recipe, looks delicious!

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    E — November 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    This pizza is so good we decided to only make it a couple of times per year, as a treat, when we have guests! If you think it’s good just by looking at the pictures, think again! It’s beyond good!!! Thank you Laurie for this recipe, as well as for the home made sauce – which is delicious, too, and easy to make.

    As usual I’ve twisted this recipe a bit by using Italian sausage, small strips of fried bacon, and some precooked mushrooms and sweet pointed peppers (softened beforehand in coconut oil). I also changed the kinds of cheese depending on what I have available – also I couldn’t find fontina cheese here on the West Coast of Canada. So far we found that mozza & white cheddar & parmesan work reasonably well:)

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