I am betting that many of you are wondering why I put homemade in quotes. Well, that is because I cheated a bit when I made pizza this week. Pre-made dough from a can and pre-made sauce from a jar would make this less homemade then those that will yell at me for not making everything from scratch. I was down with Strep and I am not going to argue what is homemade and what wasn't. Everything came out delicious and I was happy to not have chicken soup again.
What you will need for the pizza are:
1 can of Pillsbury Thin Crust Dough
1 jar of Pizza Sauce (I used Trader Joe's)
Minced garlic or garlic powder
1-4 oz ball of fresh mozzarella cheese diced in small cubes
1 bag of cheese (I used Trader Joe's Quattro Cheese Blend)
20 fresh basil leaves (I happen to be growing some)
2 links of sweet Italian sausage, uncased, cooked and crumbled
Place the dough onto a greased baking sheet, I prefer to use olive oil. Spread the dough with your favorite pizza sauce and sprinkle the dough with garlic powder or you can use fresh minced garlic. Add the crumbled Italian sausage over the sauce. Take your basil leaves and give them a rough chop and then sprinkle them over the sausage. I recommend rolling the leaves up and slicing them first. Sprinkle the fresh mozzarella over the basil and sausage and finish off with the cheese blend of your choice. You will need about 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup depending on how cheesy you want your pizza. Bake for about 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees or until the cheese starts to turn a golden brown. I prefer mine more of a golden to dark brown color. Cut into pieces and serve.
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