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Sausage and Peppers Pizza

DiRusso’s Sausage and Peppers Pizza

  • 2 premade crusts — I usually use Boboli or canned Pillsbury pizza dough
  • 1 box of packaged Boboli pizza sauce
  • 2 lbs of DiRusso Sweet Sausage – links or ground
  • 2 small packages of finely shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 6 peppers total – 2 red, 2 green, and 2 yellow
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 pizza pans
  • 1 saute pan
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 can of Pam Olive Oil spray
  • 1 cutting board
  • 2 large knives — 1 chopping, 1 slicing
  • 1 large spoon
  • 1 pizza cutter

Assembly & Cooking Directions

There are two different ways to prepare this pizza, sausage slices and sausage spread over the entire pizza. I will provide the directions for both styles.

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Spray both pizza pans with the Pam Olive Oil until a thin layer is visible
  3. Place a pizza crust on each pan and spray lightly with the Pam Olive Oil
  4. Using your chopping knife and cutting board, remove the core and seeds from each pepper.
  5. Cut each pepper into thin slices and then place in the large bowl.
  6. Cut the top and bottom off of the onion and then cut in half top to bottom. Place the flat side of the onion on the cutting board and thinly slice from top to bottom. Place the thin slices in the same bowl with the sliced peppers.
  7. This is where the DiRusso’s sausage comes in, if you have found ground sausage, you will need to fry it before putting it on the pizza. If you are using the links you can remove them from their casing and fry them or bake them in the casing. If you fry the sausage your prep time will be shorter than if you bake it. Fry: 5-7 minutes  Bake : 25-30 minutes
  8. While you are cooking the sausage sauce the pizzas. Opening each packet of sauce and squeezing it into the middle of the pizza. One and a half packets per pizza. Then, spread the sauce over the entire pizza with the large spoon, repeat on the second pizza.
  9. Once the sausage has finished cooking, strain off the grease if you fried it and place one pound on each pizza. Spread out the sausage and press down firmly with your spoon so that it resembles on large patty. *If you baked it or fried links, place them on the cutting board and slice into thin circles, and then place equal parts on both pizzas.*
  10. Use the same pan you fried the sausage in *if baked this is the first time you will use the pan* and dump the entire bowl of onions and peppers into the pan. You shouldn’t need more oil if you fried the sausage, but if you baked it, then spray the pan with a thin layer of Pam Olive Oil before you place the peppers and onions in it. Saute the peppers and onions until the have become soft and slightly brown.
  11. Equally distribute the cooked onions and peppers onto each pizza.
  12. Sprinkle the Mozzarella cheese on top of the pizza until satisfied.
  13. Place both pizzas in the oven, one on each rack, and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  14. I always remove the pizzas for a moment, and turn on the broiler. Returning the pizzas one at a time under the broiler for 3 minutes or until the cheese is a medium brown.
  15. Remove from oven and let rest for 3-5 minutes.
  16. Slice the pizza with the pizza cutter.
  17. Nom nom nom nom.

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