Family pizza night done right

  • Written by Family Features

Pizza, Per Favore!

(Family Features) Forget about delivery pizza — make your own fresh and flavorful creations for a fantastic family pizza night sure to bring everyone together at the table.

This recipe uses ingredients that let you put your own tasty and creative spin on a classic favorite — fresh herbs; a blend of rich Italian cheeses; and high-quality, flavorful Johnsonville Italian sausage, available in mild, sweet or hot varieties.


Classic Pizza Margherita

Serves 4 to 6

1 package refrigerated pizza dough

1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 package Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage

1/2 medium red onion, minced

1 Tbsp. parsley, minced

1 Tbsp. garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. oregano

8 Roma tomatoes, sliced (divided — save 10 slices for the top)

10 fresh basil leaves (divided)

2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 c. fontina cheese, shredded

Pepper and sea salt

1/2 c. fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

Position oven rack on lowest shelf and preheat to 425°F. Lightly oil a pizza pan. Roll out dough as thin as possible. Let rest 10 minutes.

In small skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high, add sausage and cook until browned.

Remove from skillet, cool slightly and coin slice. In the same pan, sauté onion and parsley to golden, then stir in garlic and oregano for a few seconds.

Add tomatoes to pan, crushing them as they are mixed (do not substitute crushed tomatoes).

Boil, stirring 5 minutes or until thick.

Spread sauce over crust, sprinkle with half the basil, mozzarella, fontina, sausage, remaining slices of tomatoes and finally remaining olive oil.

Finish with generous pepper and a little sea salt. Bake for 10 minutes.

Using a spatula and an oven mitt, slip pizza off pan directly onto oven rack; bake for two minutes. Slip pizza back onto pan, remove from oven. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining fresh basil.

Cut and enjoy.

Sausage should always be prepared to reach an internal temperature of 160°F.

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