Sausage and bell peppers are a classic combination in Mediterranean cuisine - and on pizzas! With all the delicious vegetarian sausages now available in most supermarkets, we can enjoy the flavor without having to eat unhealthy meat-based sausage.
That said, veggie sausages are so good that they can fool even the most stubborn of carnivores. Just don't tell them it's not meat! ;-)
1 Basic All-Purpose Pizza Crust (12-inch) or Thin Pizza Crust (12-inch) (or your favorite 12-inch pizza crust)
1/2 to 3/4 cup Pizza Sauce, as desired
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 link (1 individual-size portion) Italian-style vegetarian sausage, coarsely chopped
1 small green bell pepper, diced or julienned
1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare the pizza crust and press into a 12-inch pizza pan, or form it into a 12-inch round on a baking sheet, with the edges slightly thicker to contain the toppings.
Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella.
In a medium skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped sausage, and saute until lightly browned. Sprinkle evenly over the pizza.
In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the bell peppers to the skillet, and saute for 4-6 minutes, until cooked through. Sprinkle evenly over the pizza.
Top the pizza with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella and the Parmesan.
Bake for 12-18 minutes, until golden.
Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing
-- 3-4 servings