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Italian Sausage Deep Dish Pizza

 Italian Sausage Deep Dish Pizza
Brought to you by Johnsonville® Sausage
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min.


  • 1 package (19 ounces) Johnsonville® Mild or Hot Italian Sausage Links, casings removed
  • 1 small green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can (2.25 ounces) sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 teaspoons yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tubes (13.2 ounces, each) refrigerated country Italian bread dough
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce


  • Cook sausage links according to package directions; drain, cut into
  • 1/4-inch slices and set aside.
  • In a skillet, sauté green pepper slices in 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • over medium-high heat until lightly browned. Remove peppers and set
  • aside.
  • In the same skillet, add remaining olive oil; sauté mushrooms over

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Italian Sausage Deep Dish Pizza (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • medium-high heat until lightly browned.
  • Position oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to
  • 400°F.
  • Butter the bottom and sides of two 9-inch round baking pans.
  • Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of cornmeal in the interior of each pan.
  • Remove bread dough from tubes, unroll and press one tube of dough up
  • sides and over the bottom of each prepared pan.
  • Arrange 3 slices of provolone over dough, followed by 1 1/2 cups of
  • mozzarella and 1/4 cup of Parmesan into each pan. Spread 3/4 cup of
  • pizza sauce over cheese layer. Top each pizza with half of the
  • green peppers, mushrooms, olives and sausage slices.
  • Bake at 400°F for 30-35 minutes or until crusts are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges.
  • Serve. Yield: 8 servings.
Wine: Sweet Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.