Boyfriend Recipe: Sausage pizza!

Everyone loves pizza!
Everyone loves pizza!

The last time I had a boyfriend, I introduced him to my mom over pizza. Homemade pizza. I actually made three different kinds that day, because… pizza. And Martha Stewart’s Sausage, Arugula and Parsley pizza was one of them and it was supremely delish!


  • 6 ounces of sweet Italian sausage (or spicy, if you’re up for it)
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound of store-bought pizza dough (don’t be afraid of the Pilsbury wheat)
  • 3 whole peeled canned tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (or two, or three)
  • 4 ounces of fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Remove the sausage from casings, saute over high heat, until just cooked through: 3-4 minutes. Break into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Brush a 12-inch cast iron skillet with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Press dough into the skillet, so it’s flat and reaches to all of the edges. If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, prepare a baking sheet and follow baking instructions on the dough package once the toppings are on the pizza.
  3. Combine tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, 1 tablespoon of oil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and red pepper. Spread over the dough.
  4. Cook (in the skillet) over medium-high heat until bottom is golden brown, 3-4 minutes, before transferring to the oven to bake for 3 minutes. Scatter the mozzarella and sausage on top; continue baking until edge of crust is golden brown, about 8 minutes. Garnish with parsley, arugula, and Parmesan.

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