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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!

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Mushroom Sausage Pesto Pizza - everyone loves pizza night! This easy dinner recipe has pesto for the sauce and it goes so well with the sausage and mushroom topping!

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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!

Mushroom Sausage Pesto Pizza - everyone loves pizza night! This easy dinner recipe has pesto for the sauce and it goes so well with the sausage and mushroom topping!

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.

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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.

pesto pizza with mushrooms and sausage

How to make the best pesto pizza at home:

  1. Use your favorite pizza crust; either homemade or store bought.
  2. I love using sausage and mushroom but anything goes with pesto pizza, even just cheese.
  3. Try a combination of cheeses (mozzarella and gorgonzola) for an alternative and more “foodie” flavor combo.

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Servings: 8 servings

Mushroom Sausage Pesto Pizza

Prep Time:
1 hr
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Mushroom Sausage Pesto Pizza - everyone loves pizza night! This easy dinner recipe has pesto for the sauce and it goes so well with the sausage and mushroom topping! Use a store bought dough or make my ultimate pizza dough recipe for the crust!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Italian Sausage links
  • 4 white or cremini mushrooms — stems removed, diced
  • 1 recipe pizza dough — or store bought
  • 1/2 cup pesto — or more, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place a cookie sheet, pizza pan, or pizza stone in the oven to preheat.
  2. Remove sausage meat from their casings. Cook over medium-high heat until brown and cooked through. Drain fat and let cool.
  3. 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.
  4. Transfer pizza to oven and bake for 8-12 minutes. Cool slightly before slicing and eating.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

You can use more pesto than called for, if you prefer (or less).
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pesto, pizza

Nutrition Information

Calories: 363, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 879mg, Potassium: 124mg, Carbohydrates: 26g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 15g, Vitamin A: 500%, Vitamin C: 0.7%, Calcium: 171%, Iron: 1.9%

pesto pizza with mushrooms and sausage

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9 comments

  1. It took me a few times to figure out if i liked pesto or not but it turns out i love it. This looks yummy! I like subbing the tomato sauce now and then just for a different flavor.

  2. The size of a BASEBALL???? Where were you, the Congo???? OMG!!!!! I would die, and I would have made someone who was not me get off their butt and destroy that sucker. haha!

    I looooooooooove pesto!!!! I never use it as pizza sauce, why, why? I’ll take an order of that perfume too, please.

  3. I like Karen’s comment – she is funny! I’m so glad that you are posting dinner recipes now, since you are an amazing cook. Can’t wait to try this pizza with the pesto you recommended; my picky- eater daughter likes all these ingredients!

  4. I absolutely adore pesto! I could pretty much eat it with a spoon! I love it on pizza!

  5. My mouth is watering and stomach is crumping to relish it right now. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. oh wow that looks and sounds like heaven!

  7. Yummy. I can’t wait to try this.

    Rating: 4

  8. I’ve never tried flatbread – but I’m going to this weekend! And your homemade pesto.

  9. I too, love pesto!  I like to drizzle it over my regular pizza, in addition to many other ways to use it.  But, I am too lazy to make it & after discovering the Costco brand, I never will!!! Need to make this sausage & pesto guy SOON 🙂

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