Sausage, Red Bell Pepper and Spinach Pesto Pizza

by Erin

Ask and you shall receive. On my last pizza post, many of you left comments to keep the pizzas rolling so here’s this week’s installment! This time I’ve made a recipe I found on Bev Cooks awhile back. You make a pesto using spinach leaves for the sauce, and top it off with red pepper, Italian sausage and of course Mozzarella cheese. It’s a pretty fantastic little dance of ingredients. And they certainly look good together too!

Of course as with all of my pizza recipes, you do not need a stone and peel to make pizza at home. Just cook it on a pizza pan or cookie sheet as you prefer, but I am convinced that the crust comes out as pure perfection when using a stone. So you really should get your hands on one sooner rather than later. Probably my favorite kitchen item ever. And I am sure you can tell how well-loved it is by it’s stained appearance in pictures.

By the way, is anyone shocked that I rate every pizza I make as 2-3 servings? Maybe I am just a fat kid but there’s hardly a pizza made in my kitchen that ends up producing more than 3 servings. Maybe I cut my slices too big, but I don’t care O:-).

One year ago: Review: Just Tell Me What to Eat!


Serves 2-3


2 cups baby spinach

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

1/4 pine nuts, toasted

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 Tbsp

1 Italian sausage, casing removed

1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin sticks

1 recipe thin-crust pizza dough

1 cup shredded mozzarella


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with pizza stone on bottom rack.
  2. In a food processor add the spinach, garlic, Parmesan, pine nuts, and a pinch of salt and pepper. With the motor running, add the oil in a thin stream until pesto-y. Set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon oil in a medium skillet and add the sausage. Break up with a wooden spoon and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain on a paper-towel lined plate. Set aside.
  4. To the same pan, add the red pepper. Add a little more oil if needed. Add a dash of salt.
  5. Transfer pizza dough to the preheated pizza stone using a cornmeal dusted pizza peel. Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly golden.
  6. Remove pizza and stone and evenly spoon the pesto over the crust. Sprinkle a little cheese on top. Then add the sausage and peppers. Then more cheese.
  7. Return pizza and stone to the oven and bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown and cheesy is bubbly. Slice and eat.

Source: Bev Cooks

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Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 6, 2012 - 9:51 pm

This is totally my kind of pizza! I’m obsessed with pesto!

Liz May 3, 2012 - 5:55 pm

Oh, this could be the best pizza ever! ALL my favorite toppings…it might just be 2 servings here :)

Tracey May 3, 2012 - 5:53 pm

Haha, no you’re not alone – when we make pizza here it never serves more than 2. Or, if you’re my husband, it serves just over 1. He can pack in pizza like no one’s business :) Love the idea of the pesto made from spinach, looks great!!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 3, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Erin, this looks amazing!!! I love Pesto Pizza and adding peppers to it is perfect!!!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 3, 2012 - 5:19 pm

Pesto pizza? Drool.

Lynna May 3, 2012 - 4:43 pm

oh this look so good! i love pesto pizza!

Vicki @ WITK May 3, 2012 - 3:34 pm

I really should get a stone, I feel like my pizzas would come out way more crunchy. This one looks tasty :)

Angela @ Mind Over Batter May 3, 2012 - 3:22 pm

The pesto in this pizza is giving me a case of the “weak knees”. Holy smackers!

Jen @ Juanita's Cocina May 3, 2012 - 12:18 pm

You are just KILLING ME with these pizzas! LOL!

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite May 3, 2012 - 11:06 am

ah looks so good! I do have some pizza dough at home…might need to get on this!

amy @ fearless homemaker May 3, 2012 - 8:16 am

oh yum, this looks sooo good. you have me seriously jonesing for pizza now!

Bev Weidner May 3, 2012 - 7:08 am

Oh my word, yum! I’m so glad you dug it! Now I’m starving.

spiffycookie May 3, 2012 - 8:09 am

Thanks for the great recipe! I enjoyed making pesto out of spinach for a fun change.


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