Homemade Spicy Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Recipe

Homemade Spicy Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Recipe
Maryse Chevriere


  • 3 links spicy Italian sausage ($3.00)
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes (optional)
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 package ready-to-bake pizza dough ($.99)
  • One 15-ounce can tomato purée ($1.49)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons ricotta ($3.49)
  • Fresh basil, chiffonade (optional)

I'm pretty much convinced that if folks realized just how easy (and cheap!) it is to make great pizza at home, they would delete the delivery guy's number from their speed dial. Especially with the convenience of pre-made pizza dough, this recipe for sausage pizza is a no-brainer when it comes to looking for a low-cost dinner option.

Total cost: $8.97

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Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, placing a pizza stone inside, if using.

Meanwhile, remove the sausage meat from the casings and cook in a small pan over medium heat, breaking it up into little pieces, about 15 minutes. Mix in red pepper flakes.

Rolling out the dough is definitely the toughest part. Lightly flour a clean surface and roll out the dough until it reaches the size and thickness you desire (and don't worry about making it a perfect circle). When the dough is ready, place it on a lightly floured wooden cutting board (if using a pizza stone) or a lightly greased baking sheet. Season the tomato purée with a little salt and pepper, and spread it across the surface, making sure the sauce layer isn't too thick (you don't want your crust to get soggy). Evenly sprinkle the crumbled sausage over the sauce and top it with some evenly dispersed dollops of ricotta.

Place the pizza on the pizza stone if using, otherwise place in the oven on the baking sheet and cook for about 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven to let cool, then top with a chiffonade of fresh basil, if desired.


Calories per serving:

1,140 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 153g 236%
  • Carbs 141g 47%
  • Saturated 51g 255%
  • Fiber 15g 61%
  • Sugars 13g
  • Monounsaturated 73g
  • Polyunsaturated 20g
  • Protein 82g 165%
  • Cholesterol 301mg 100%
  • Sodium 4,438mg 185%
  • Calcium 569mg 57%
  • Magnesium 168mg 42%
  • Potassium 2,058mg 59%
  • Iron 14mg 79%
  • Zinc 10mg 64%
  • Phosphorus 935mg 134%
  • Vitamin A 187µg 21%
  • Vitamin C 60mg 101%
  • Thiamin (B1) 6mg 368%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 99%
  • Niacin (B3) 25mg 123%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 82%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 522µg 130%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 56%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 36%
  • Vitamin K 36µg 45%
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