Homemade Spicy Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Recipe

Homemade Spicy Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Recipe
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Homemade Spicy Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Recipe

Maryse Chevriere

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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Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

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.

Sausage Shopping Tip

Try to use fresh sausage whenever you can; they are full of flavor and don't have the high level of preservatives and nitrates that packaged sausage has.

Sausage Cooking Tip

Fresh sausage should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Sausage Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.