Sausage Diavolo Pizza

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Sausage Diavolo Pizza

Spice things up with hot sausage on this delicious pizza.


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Sausage Diavolo Pizza

1 ball homemade pizza dough

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 package hot Italian sausage links

3/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

5 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and minced

3/4 cup onion, chopped

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 can crushed tomatoes (14 ounces)

1 1/2 cups dry white wine

1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried

Sea salt and pepper

3 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped

1 cup Italian blend cheese, grated

1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1 long, sweet red pepper, cut into rings

Other fresh herbs such as basil, optional

Position oven rack to center and heat to 450°F. Lightly oil pizza pan and roll out crust, thin.

In large skillet, heat oil and sauté sausage and red pepper flakes until browned. Remove from heat, drain fat, cool slightly and chop, roughly.

Add garlic and onion to skillet and cook about five minutes until onion is soft.

Add cherry tomatoes, canned tomatoes, wine and oregano. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer about 20 minutes, stirring when necessary, until cherry tomatoes are soft and sauce thickens.

Add parsley and chopped sausage to skillet. Remove from heat.

Top pizza crust with sausage mixture, grated cheeses and red pepper rings. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, sprinkle with fresh herbs, cut and enjoy. Yields 4 to 6 servings.

NOTE: Sausage should always be prepared to reach an internal temperature of 160°F.