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Mushroom Sausage Pesto Pizza – everyone loves pizza night! This easy dinner recipe uses PESTO instead of tomato sauce and we couldn’t get enough of it, especially when it’s covered with cheese, sausage, and mushrooms!
I’ll never forget the first time I had a pesto pizza. It was in college and I was staying at my boyfriend’s apartment. His cousin came over and brought it from a local pizzeria; I’d never seen pesto on pizza before. In fact, I’m not sure if I’d ever seen pesto before, period. I remember thinking wow…green sauce on pizza…that’s weird. His cousin proceeded to sit on the futon and play video games while eating his pizza until I saw a spider the size of a baseball and screamed so loud he jumped 3 feet in the air. That part of the story had nothing to do with pizza, but I remember it as being funny. I don’t think he thought of it as funny at the time.
It was years before I had pesto again because, picky college student. Once I grew up into my mid-twenties and got married and started cooking for myself I realized what a heavens nectar pesto is. I could quite literally eat it from the jar, I love it so much. Someone needs to make a pesto scented perfume because that’s what I want to spritz on my neck each morning. Now I love making pesto and putting it on everything!
Mushroom Sausage Pesto Pizza is an easy recipe to make at home for pizza night, made even better with pesto for the sauce!
What kind of pesto goes good on pizza?
You can use a jar of pesto or make your own. I used about 3/4 of a jar for my pizza recipe, but you can use as much or as little as you like. The rest will be stirred into pasta or I’ll just dip crackers in it for an afternoon snack. I always have a jar of the stuff in my cabinet for a pesto craving emergency.
Pesto on pasta is one thing. Pesto as a dip is another. Pesto on pizza? Out. Of. This. World. I actually think I love pesto pizza more than I love red sauce on pizza. It also makes me feel like I’m super foodie or something when I’m totally not.
Toppings for Pesto Pizza
Why sausage and mushroom? Well, two reasons. One, our default pizza order is always sausage and mushroom. Two, I had a very similar pizza when I was in Seattle and was dying to recreate it at home. The nutty, garlic, basil, salty flavor of the pesto pairs so well with the spicy Italian sausage. Mushrooms just add body and flavor; the earthy mushroom flavor pairs nicely with anything herbs and garlic.
Any toppings really go well with pesto pizza, but I especially love sausage and mushroom or caramelized onions.
Making pizza at home is easy!
Making your own pizza at home is so easy. If it were up to me we’d have pizza every day, but I try to limit it to once a week. I love making it at home because then I can make different versions; a pesto one for the adults and a pepperoni one for the kids (although Jordan does love pesto pizza!)
You can buy store bought pizza dough from the prepared foods section of your grocery store, or even use a tube of dough. I love making my own ultimate pizza dough recipe because it’s easy and I control the ingredients! Plus I can make one thicker crust pizza from that dough or two thin crust, depending on what I’m craving.
How to make the best pesto pizza at home:
- Use your favorite pizza crust; either homemade or store bought.
- I love using sausage and mushroom but anything goes with pesto pizza, even just cheese.
- Try a combination of cheeses (mozzarella and gorgonzola) for an alternative and more “foodie” flavor combo.
Try these pizza recipes:
- Caramelized Onion Pesto Pizza
- Arugula Pizza
- BBQ Chicken Pizza
- Pesto Tortellini Salad
- Pizza Pasta Salad
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Mushroom Sausage Pesto Pizza
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Place a cookie sheet, pizza pan, or pizza stone in the oven to preheat.
- Remove sausage meat from their casings. Cook over medium-high heat until brown and cooked through. Drain fat and let cool.
- Roll out pizza dough to desired shape on parchment paper. (Dust with flour if needed.) Spread with pesto (use up to the full jar depending on how much you want; I used about 3/4 of the jar). Sprinkle with cheese, sausage, and mushrooms.
- Transfer pizza to oven and bake for 8-12 minutes. Cool slightly before slicing and eating.
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Last Updated on May 20, 2022