Recipe of the Week: Sausage Ricotta Pepperoni Pizza

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  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.

Recipe of the Week: Spicy Sausage Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe homemade pizza dough (or you can use store-bought dough)
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cooked spicy sausage crumbled
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced mini sweet peppers
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil**
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

Instructions

  1. If you are using homemade pizza dough, make it according to the recipe instructions. If you are using store-bought dough, remove it from the packaged and shape it into a 12-inch circle. Spray your pizza pan with non-stick spray and dust lightly with flour and gently transfer the dough to your prepared pizza pan.
  2. Adjust the rack to the lower middle of the oven and preheat to 475ºF.
  3. Spread the marinara sauce evenly over the crust leaving a 1-inch bare rim around the edge. Sprinkle the sausage, onion, and peppers over the sauce. Spread the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Rotate halfway through the cooking time.
  5. Drizzle the chili oil over the top and sprinkle with red pepper. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before slicing.