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Fennel and Sausage Pizza Recipe

Fennel and Sausage Pizza Recipe

Adapted from here.
Servings 4 servings
Author Brandon Matzek


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 large ball pizza dough
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces freshly grated low moisture mozzarella cheese
  • Scant 1/2 cup good quality canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, fronds and stalks removed, root trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Torn basil leaves


  1. Warm olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, then add the sausage. Cook sausage until browned, using a wood spoon to stir and break the sausage up as it cooks. Transfer sausage to a paper towel-lined plate, and let cool.
  2. Preheat an oven to 500°F, and set an oven rack in the lowest possible position. Lightly coat a pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Stretch pizza dough into a round large enough to fit the pizza pan. Very lightly drizzle the dough with olive oil, using your hands to evenly spread the oil around. Sprinkle dough with a small pinch of kosher salt. Top pizza evenly with grated mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce, then evenly scatter sliced fennel, cooked sausage and sliced garlic over top. Sprinkle the surface of the pizza with a little kosher salt and then lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Transfer pizza to the oven on the lowest rack and cook until the crust is golden brown (bottom and crust) and the cheese is nice and bubbly (9 - 11 minutes). Let pizza cool for just a bit, then sprinkle with red pepper flakes and torn basil.