Recipe of the Week: Sausage Ricotta Pepperoni Pizza


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 (13.8-ounce can) refrigerated classic pizza crust
  • 1 (8-ounce) can pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni
  • 8 (1-ounce slices) fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet or pizza pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  3. Working on a surface that has been sprinkled with cornmeal, roll out the pizza into a 12-inch-diameter round. Transfer to prepared baking sheet or pizza pan.
  4. Using a small ladle, spread pizza sauce over the surface of the dough in an even layer, leaving a 1/2-inch border.
  5. Top with sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella and dollops of ricotta.
  6. Place into oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheeses have melted.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with basil, if desired.

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