Pizza Tart

by Erin

This deep dish-inspired Italian sausage pizza tart will be a hit! Modify with your favorite pizza toppings as you see fit.

Pizza Tart.

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Originally this pizza tart recipe was prepared as an appetizer, cooked in mini-muffin pans for perfect bite-sized portions. They looked so delicious I decided to promote them to ‘entree’.

The filling is simply tomato sauce, mozzarella and Italian sausage. I wish I had a green pepper when I made this, would’ve been a great addition! I suppose that depends on your pizza topping preferences, but as it stands it was still scrumptious.

Sausage Pizza Tart.

Like any pizza, you can prepare this pizza tart with any other “toppings” mixed in, or on top, that you crave. Try it with onions, pepperoni, maybe even the highly disputed pineapple! Where do you stand on the fruit on pizza debate? Personally, I love it, but I digress.

You could probably call this pizza tart a deep dish pizza, but it’s baked in a tart pan, so that’s where I decided upon it’s name. Besides the fact that I don’t want to ruffle any feathers on what a true authentic deep dish pizza looks like – ha!

Savory Pizza Tart Slice.

Pizza Tart.


Yield: 12 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 (8 oz.) block mozzarella cheese
  • 1(6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup Italian five cheese blend, shredded


  • 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 4 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 โ€“ 4 Tbsp cold water


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown Italian sausage, about 5 minutes. When done, remove and drain on paper towels.
  3. While the meat cooks, cut block of mozzarella into small cubes.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together the tomato paste, water, olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  5. Stir meat into the tomato mixture, stir in the mozzarella, then cover and refrigerate until assembling.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and Italian seasoning. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter until crumbly.
  7. Slowly add water and stir. If necessary, form the dough into a ball with your hands, adding a bit more water if needed.
  8. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to fit a 10-inch tart pan. Place and press into the pan and work up the sides to form a rim.
  9. Spread the filling into the tart evenly. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, top with shredded cheese and cook another 10 minutes, or until cheese is golden and crust is slightly golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.
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Source: Adapted from Cooking During Stolen Moments

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Post updated 3/14/2023, photo above is the original.

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