Sausage Italian Bread Pizza

Sausage Italian Bread Pizza Recipe
Oxmoor House

Choose your favorite sauce for this quick pizza. Most supermarkets have a good selection of jarred pasta and pizza sauces ranging in flavor from simple marinara to roasted pepper.

Yield:

4 servings

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 12 Minutes
Cook: 19 Minutes

Ingredients

1 pound mild or hot Italian sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup pizza or pasta sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (1-lb.) loaf semolina bread (about 14
2/3 cup ricotta cheese, divided
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Preparation

Remove and discard casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat 8 minutes, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Push meat to outer edges of pan; add 1 Tbsp. oil. Add onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until onion is softened. Remove from heat; stir in pizza sauce and next 3 ingredients.

Cut bread in half lengthwise using a serrated knife, and scoop out center of each bread half, leaving a 1/2" border; discard scooped-out bread or reserve for making breadcrumbs.

Spread 1/3 cup ricotta down center of each bread half. Top each evenly with sausage mixture, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle pizzas evenly with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil. Place pizzas on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake at 425° for 6 minutes or until cheese is melted and pizzas are thoroughly heated.

Christmas with Southern Living 2007,

Oxmoor House

June 2007