Tomato, Basil, Motz & Chicken Sausage Pizza

This is what we had for dinner last night.  It was inspired by Pinterest, but I didn't follow the directions exactly.  Oh my goodness, it was amazing!  So good that I kind of want the leftover two pieces for breakfast.  

Here's what you'll need.

Pizza crust (We always make our own using our breadmaker*)
Olive oil
2 to 3 tomatoes (I used 3: 2/3 for sauce, 1/3 for topping)
1 tsp (?) dried oregano (I didn't measure...just sprinkled some in)
Crushed red pepper flakes (We like things spicy so I used quite a bit)
2 to 4 chicken sausage links - cooked & sliced
2+ oz fresh basil
8 oz fresh mozzarella - sliced

1.  Preheat oven & make crust.  Brush crust with olive oil and pre-bake before adding the toppings.  (This is to avoid sogginess.  I hate soggy things.  Unless it's a French Dip.)  I baked mine at 450 degrees for about 8 minutes.  You don't want the crust to be completely done because you're going to put it back in the oven later.  (If you use store-bought crust, follow the package instructions only don't bake quite as long.)

2.  Brown chicken sausage links in skillet.  Mine were pre-cooked, so I browned for about 5 minutes.  Then slice.

3.  Meanwhile, make pizza sauce.  Crush tomatoes (I crushed 2, saved third for topping), half of the fresh basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes.  Easy peasy if you have a food chopper.  Throw it all in and push the button.  (Side note: I high recommend buying a chopper.  Makes chopping things like onions so easy...and fun!)

4.  Once crust is mostly baked, take it out of oven.  Spread on tomato-basil sauce.  Add sliced sausage, remaining {diced} tomato, remaining basil leaves, and sliced mozzarella.  Bake for another 5 to 7 minutes until toppings are warm and cheese is melted.

5.  Enjoy!  I recommend a nice glass of wine to accompany this yummy in your tummy pizza!  :)

*If you have a breadmaker, here's the recipe we use to make our own crust.  I think it came from my parent's neighbors - as do lots of our yummy recipes!

Breadmaker Homemade Pizza Crust
3/4 cup warm water
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 1/4 cups flour**
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp dry yeast

Throw everything in your breadmaker (in order) and push the 'dough/pasta' button.  Ours takes 1 1/2 hours to complete.

**Don't use whole wheat flour.  I tried that and it didn't work.  Don't use powdered sugar either.  The hubs did that once twice three times.  Apparently he thought it was flour.  It doesn't work either.  Shocking, I know.


  1. Funny about the powdered sugar! I was back at my parents a few years ago trying to make cookies I've made a zillion time and they would not rise. Come to find out, I was using powdered sugar instead of the flour jar. Been there, done that! That pizza does look good! I've never used our bread maker for pizza dough, interesting... must try! Anything with fresh moz and tomatoes is yum yum!

  2. " Don't use powdered sugar either. The hubs did that once twice three times. Apparently he thought it was flour. It doesn't work either. Shocking, I know."

    Nearly fell out of my chair when I read this I was laughing so hard.