This pizza recipe is based on 3 or 4 recipes from online. We got the pizza dough from our supermarket deli. The advice to bake the crust for a little bit before adding toppings was perfect: it came out chewy with great texture. We also cooked 4 sausage links and 2 peppers, then halved them for this recipe. The leftover sauce, sausage, and peppers would be great over pasta.
Makes 8 servings.
Make it vegetarian: Omit the sausage and use sauteed baby bella mushrooms instead.
1 thawed pizza dough (1 crust) from deli
Sauce: You will have sauce leftover for other meals
2 cups spaghetti sauce with mushrooms
6 oz. can tomato paste
1 Tablespoon Italian Herb mix
2 raw chicken sausage links (we used spinach and feta sausage)
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
Large handful of baby spinach (about 1.5 cups or 45 g)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan
Heat the oven to 500F. Sprinkle cornmeal on a cutting board and a large rimless baking sheet.
Knead the dough lightly on the cutting board, and then stretch it out into a rectangle. Shape the dough onto the baking sheet, stretching into shape (about 1 inch/2 cm thick). Bake for 3 minutes, until the dough is puffed and lightly golden.
Turn the oven down to 400F.
Make the sauce: combine spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, and herbs in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until heated through. Keep on low heat while you cook the toppings.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Lightly coat the skillet with cooking spray. Cook the sausage links almost all the way through. Take them out of the pan and slice into coins. Return the sausage slices to the pan, and cook until the sausage is completely cooked.
Spread a liberal amount of sauce on the crust, leaving a border. Tile the sauce with the sausage slices.
Cook the peppers in the sausage drippings until they become tender. Stir often. Add the baby spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted. Using tongs, layer the peppers and spinach over the sausage slices.
Sprinkle the cheese on top, making sure that you cover the toppings with an even layer of cheese.
Bake the pizza at 400F for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the pizza crust is golden brown.
Cut into 8 pieces and serve.