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Sausage and Onion Pizza

There’s nothing quite like a hot slice of this sausage and onion pizza! It’s cheesy, saucy, savory goodness in each bite, topped with three varieties of cheese and fresh basil.

What’s better, is this sausage pizza recipe uses a pre-baked thin pizza crust from the store which makes it extra quick and easy to prepare!

But you can certainly swap a homemade quick pizza dough, or sourdough pizza dough, or our whole-grain Einkorn pizza dough if you have the time. Either way, this sausage and onion pizza is so simple to make, that you can easily turn any night of the week into homemade pizza night.

Pizza slice being lifted from pan

In our book, sausage and onions are two simple pizza toppings that bring the maximum amount of flavor! Savory, sauteéd onions and crumbled, seasoned sausage add so much to pizza and pair beautifully with a medley of cheeses and herbs.

Plus, we’re making this sausage and onion pizza with a homemade pizza sauce. It’s thick and delicious- the perfect sauce that compliments all of the yumminess happening here.

Why You Will Love This Pizza:

Need more reasons why you’ll love this? Our sausage and onion pizza is:

  • Simple to make (we use a store-bought thin crust for maximum ease)
  • A pizza the whole family will love
  • The perfect combination of cheesy-saucy-crispiness
  • The best lunch or dinner, weekday or weekend meal

The Ingredient List:

Our sausage pizza recipe is constructed in two parts: the sauce and assembling the pizza itself. We go above and beyond with this easy recipe, layering the toppings in a special way so every bite is incredibly cheesy and tasty!

To make it, you will need:

  • Canned tomato paste
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Garlic powder and onion powder
  • Dried Italian herb mix
  • Pre-baked, thin pizza crust (such as Stonefire)
  • Ground Italian sausage (bulk, not links)
  • Onion, sliced
  • Provolone cheese (slices)
  • Fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Kalamata olives, halved
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Chopped parsley

How to Make Sausage and Onion Pizza:

Here’s the gist of the process, but make sure to check out the full recipe at the bottom of this page.

  1. Make the pizza sauce. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small dish and stir. Set it aside.
  2. Cook the sausage and onions. Cook the ground sausage until it is no longer pink, then set it aside. Add the sliced onions to the skillet and sauté until they’re light golden brown.
  3. Assemble the sausage and onion pizza. Layer the pre-baked crust with sauce, sausage, then Provolone. Spread the onions on top, then add the basil, more sausage, cheeses and onions.
  4. Bake the pizza. Transfer to the middle of the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes at 450°F. The cheese will melt and begin to brown. Remove, sprinkle with chopped parsley, slice, and dig in!

before and after photos of sausage and onion pizza

Tips for Success:

While this pizza recipe is pretty foolproof, take note of a few tips we have that will leave you with the best results!

  • The sauce: Our pizza sauce is thick and the amount in the recipe will make enough sauce for two, 14-inch pizzas. If you have leftover, store in the fridge in a jar or air tight container.
  • For additional toppings: If you choose to add additional toppings to the pizza, consider using only half the recommended amount of sausage. This will prevent the filling from getting too thick.
  • On baking time: This sausage and onion pizza only needs a few minutes of bake time since we’re using a pre-baked crust. Don’t over-bake it. It is done when the cheese has fully melted and begins to turn golden.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you cook the sausage first for pizza?

Yes! Cook the sausage in a pan first, just until there is no pink in the meat. Do not crumble raw sausage on this pizza.

What type of sausage is best for pizza?

We like using ground Italian sausage (usually a pork sausage but beef or a mix of beef/pork will work well too). In fact, any variety of Italian sausage– as long as it is ground sausage and not links– should work just fine for this pizza.

sliced pizza on a pan

More homemade pizza recipes to try!

If you love this sausage pizza recipe, we know you’ll enjoy a whole variety of homemade pizza recipes on our site! A few of our favorites include:

Pizza will always have a special place in our dinner rotation, and what’s great about this recipe is you can rely on store-bought crust, make this in minutes, and still have a yummy pizza that rivals your favorite pizza place.

Enjoy pizza night, friends!

a serving of sausage and onion pizza

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Sausage and Onion Pizza

Yield: 8 Slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Pizza night is fast and easy with our Sausage and Onion Pizza! we are using a pre-baked thin pizza crust and add our own thick pizza sauce. Sausage and onions are among our favorite toppings along with fresh basil and three varieties of cheese.

Ingredients

For the Pizza Sauce:

  • 1 6-oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herb mix

For the Pizza:

  • 1 14-inch pre-baked, thin pizza crust (such as Stone-Fire)
  • 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage (bulk, not links)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 8 slices Provolone cheese
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 4 ounces Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, halved
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoons chopped parsley

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450°F

For the Pizza Sauce:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a small dish, stir to combine and set aside.

For the Pizza:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high.  Add the ground sausage and cook until no longer pink, breaking it up into crumbles with a fork, about 5-7 minutes.  Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a small dish.
  2. Add the sliced onions to the skillet and sauté to a light golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Transfer the onions to a separate dish or plate.

To Assemble the Pizza:

  1. Place the pre-baked pizza on a pizza stone, pizza pan or a baking sheet.  
  2. Spread 1/3 of the pizza sauce over the crust to within 1/2-inch of the edge.  
  3. Distribute 1/2 of the crumbled sausage over the sauce.
  4. Cut the Provolone cheese slices in half and cover the sausage.
  5. Distribute the onions over the Provolone and sprinkle with the torn basil leaves.
  6. Add the remaining sausage over the basil.
  7. Add the shredded Mozzarella cheese over the basil leaves and Distribute the sliced Kalamata olives on the cheese.
  8. Cover the olives with the shredded Parmesan cheese.
  9. Transfer the pizza to the middle of the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
  10. Transfer from the oven, sprinkle with chopped parsley, slice and enjoy!

Notes

  • The pizza sauce is a thick and easy and will make enough sauce for two 14-inch pizzas.
  • If adding additional toppings to the pizza consider using half of the sausage to prevent an over-thick filling.
  • Do not over-bake the pizza, when the cheese has fully melted and beginning to turn golden, it is done.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 524Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 1344mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 24g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

LOL, I meant to say MORE black olives! :-)

John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Love pizza! And sausage is one of the best. We'd probably add some black olives, but that's us. :-) Good stuff -- thanks.

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Thanks John, it's definitely good stuff ;)

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