Sausage & Kale Pizza

*This Sausage & Kale Pizza is such a fun and delicious dinner. Savory Italian sausage and hearty winter vegetables are the perfect warm, cozy toppings.*

This Sausage & Kale Pizza is topped with the perfect hearty and savory flavors for winter! | The Millennial Cook #winterrecipe #pizza #sausage #kale

Who… wants… pizza for dinner?! You guys, I feel like making homemade pizza is such a fun and underrated activity. Not only is the resulting product amazingly delicious, but it can be as difficult (homemade dough, lots of complicated toppings) or as easy (pre-made dough, the simplest toppings) of an activity as you want. Plus, making the pizza yourself means that each pie is totally customizable!

This Sausage & Kale Pizza is topped with the perfect hearty and savory flavors for winter! | The Millennial Cook #winterrecipe #pizza #sausage #kale

Whether you do decide to make your dough from scratch, or pick some up at the store (I got mine from Trader Joe’s) the real fun comes in assembling and choosing your toppings! I’m imagining all sorts of fun seasonal combinations – shaved asparagus and fresh peas for spring, so much corn (obviously) for summer, and roasted butternut squash – plus maybe some sage and bacon – for fall. Or, put out little dishes of lots of different ingredients and let your eating companions assemble their own favorite creations. I think that making pizza this way at home would be such a fun activity for kids, or a date night!

This Sausage & Kale Pizza is topped with the perfect hearty and savory flavors for winter! | The Millennial Cook #winterrecipe #pizza #sausage #kale

For this particular pizza – given that it’s the middle of January – I wanted all of the warm, comforting, wintery things possible. So I started by cooking up some Italian sausage – just a few minutes in the skillet, and look at that hearty, savory, meaty goodness. Then, I caramelized an onion, threw in some sliced mushrooms, and finished it off with lots of kale. All that’s left is a generous pour of tomato sauce and a bit of cheese to round everything out. This pizza is easy enough to pull off even on a busy evening, and delicious enough to wipe away any thoughts of takeout. I hope you enjoy!

This Sausage & Kale Pizza is topped with the perfect hearty and savory flavors for winter! | The Millennial Cook #winterrecipe #pizza #sausage #kale

Sausage & Kale Pizza

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This Sausage & Kale Pizza is such a fun and delicious dinner. Savory Italian sausage and hearty winter vegetables are the perfect warm, cozy toppings.

Ingredients

  • ½ pound Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 head kale
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Place sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Sauté, breaking up with a spoon, until browned, about five minutes.
  4. Transfer browned sausage to a plate and set aside.
  5. Heat olive oil in the same pan.
  6. Peel and half the onion, then slice each half into very thin slices.
  7. Add onions to the skillet and cook, stirring regularly, until browned, about ten minutes.
  8. Add sliced mushrooms and let cook, stirring regularly, until softened and browned, about five minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, grip kale leaves by the end of the stem and run your hand down the stem, removing the leaves from the stem.
  10. Wash and dry leaves, then chop them into strips.
  11. Add kale, salt, and pepper to skillet and let cook until kale is wilted, about three minutes.
  12. Meanwhile, sprinkle some flour on a baking sheet.
  13. Place pizza dough on sheet and stretch into a fourteen-inch round.
  14. Top with tomato sauce, spreading to cover dough. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.
  15. Spoon cooked vegetables over pizza, then sprinkle with sausage.
  16. Bake until dough is puffed and cheese is melted, about fifteen minutes.

This Sausage & Kale Pizza is topped with the perfect hearty and savory flavors for winter! | The Millennial Cook #winterrecipe #pizza #sausage #kale

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