Homemade Pizza. With sausage. Nothing better, especially on National Sausage Pizza Day. Love, love, love this recipe. And I give you a terrific option for a gluten free crust.
Homemade Pizza: Yummy
Homemade Pizza is not as hard as it looks. It does take longer than a frozen pizza, of course, but it’s so much tastier. I like pizza just about any day, don’t you? October 11 is National Sausage Pizza Day and February 9 is National Pizza Day. Who knew that you like pizza so much, they created two days for it?
If you are interested in making the crust gluten free, there are two tricks to a good GF crust. I’ll tell you in a minute.
Favorite Pizza Recipe
I have made this recipe many times and it is amazing every time. It’s also very easy. I prefer sausage on my pizza and I use Italian sausage links. Simple Hack: I partially freeze the sausages and then cut them into chunks when slightly frozen. It makes them easier to cut. Then I brown them in a skillet and remove the casings as I cook.
The original recipe came from Betty Crocker’s International Cookbook (affiliate link). If you can get your hands on one, do buy it. All the recipes are absolutely scrumptious.
Gluten Free Crust Secrets
Secret No. 1: I use my Gluten Free Dairy Free White Bread recipe to make the crust. It is a single rise, super easy recipe, but you do need a good electric mixer. I whip it up exactly as I would for bread, spread it evenly across the oiled pan, and then let it raise for about 20-30 minutes.
Secret No. 2: The crust requires baking BEFORE you put your toppings on it (about 18-20 minutes). Fully bake it at 375°F until it is brown on the top. Take it out of the oven, add your toppings and bake it again according to the recipe below (about 18 minutes).
What You Need
For this recipe, you need measuring cups and spoons, knives, a cutting board, a big bowl, a skillet, and some kind of pan for baking the pizza. I use a jelly roll pan, but a pizza stone works well. In fact, a pizza stone is a terrific addition to any kitchen. The one below can be used on the outdoor grill, too.
Homemade Pizza RecipePrint
Thick crust, sausage pizza. So tasty. Easy, but it takes about an hour to make.
- Prep Time: 40 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 16 1x
- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: American
- 1 15–oz can tomato sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/2 green pepper (chopped)
- 4 Italian sausage links (sweet)
- 1/2 pound fresh button mushrooms (sliced or 1 small can sliced mushrooms, drained and sautéd)
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 package active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
- 3/4 cup warm water (105 to 115F degrees)
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a medium saucepan, combine onion, garlic, green pepper, basil, oregano, pepper and tomato sauce. Stir to combine.
- Slice the Italian sausages into ¼-inch round slices. Tip: To make the sausage easier to slice, freeze it for an hour or two before slicing.
- Fry the sausage coins until they are cooked through and browned on both sides. Then remove them to a separate bowl or platter.
- Fry the mushrooms until browned. If using canned mushrooms, drain and dry them before frying.
Pizza Dough (See Notes for Gluten Free)
- Dissolve yeast in warm water.
- When it starts to bubble, add sugar, salt, oil and 1¾ cups flour (a little at a time).
- Spread the remaining 1/4 cup flour onto the counter. Mix and knead the dough on this surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
- Spread dough on a greased pizza pan or jelly roll pan. (I always use a 13 x 9 jelly roll pan.)
- Let the dough sit (rise) for about 20 minutes.
Putting it Together/Baking
- Heat oven to 425F degrees.
- Top the dough with the prepared sauce, followed by the sausages, mushrooms and the two cheeses. Spread everything evenly over the dough.
- Bake at 425°F until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown, and the crust is brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Note: Substitute a gluten-free crust for the dough, and pre-bake the crust for 18-20 minutes if you are using gluten-free crust. Add the toppings and bake again for 18 minutes or so.
Use this recipe for the gluten-free crust: https://recipeideashop.com/gluten-free-white-bread/
- Serving Size: 2 Pizza Slices (about 4" x 3" in size)
- Calories: 180
- Sugar: 2.7 g
- Sodium: 274.3 mg
- Fat: 5.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.2 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 21.3 g
- Fiber: 2.3 g
- Protein: 12.7 g
- Cholesterol: 13.9 mg
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This recipe was originally posted on Recipe Idea Shop March 21, 2017 and updated October 11, 2021.