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Sausage Italian Bread Pizza

Oxmoor House
Prep time 12 mins
Cook time 19 mins
Yield

4 servings

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.

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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

Christmas with Southern Living 2007