Pizza in a Pot Recipe
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Pizza in a Pot Recipe

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"Since most kids will try anything to do with pizza, I rely on this recipe when one of my two teenage sons has a friend stay for dinner," shares Anita Doughty of West Des Moines, Iowa. "It's frequently a hit."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 338 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 1423mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 11g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the next 13 ingredients.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until slightly thickened. Discard bay leaf. Stir before serving with pasta. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese if desired.
    Freeze option: Do not cook or add pasta. Freeze cooled sausage mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Cook pasta according to package directions. Place sausage mixture in a large skillet; heat through, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Serve with pasta and, if desired, mozzarella cheese.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pizza in a Pot in Quick Cooking September/October 1999, p35

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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NoodleNel User ID: 6393598 79267
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"We liked it but hate the name, "in the pot" so my daughter wants to call it something like Fiesta Pizza."

cea267 User ID: 1848598 29954
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"I went ahead and added 8 ounces of our fav pepperoni chopped in medium sized pieces and browned it with the sausage. I then drained all the meat on paper towels before putting it in the crock pot with other ingred. Turned out really good. I served it with Asiago cheese because we like the flavor.


CheriMcN User ID: 1272462 21031
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2013

"Looks like pepperoni in the picture!!!??? Is there pepperoni in this recipe? If so, when does it get added?"

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 29951
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"Easy and quick to make with great flavor. Kids love it. I've been making it since the recipe came out in 1999."

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