Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Pizza with Italian Sausage

This sun-dried tomato pesto pizza is simple to make and packed full of delicious creamy and savory flavors. Use your favorite brand of sun-dried tomato pesto to top the pizza for a quick and easy pizza dinner.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total 35 minutes

This ultra-creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pizza is topped with Italian sausage, caramelized onions, ricotta cheese, and a sprinkling of fresh shredded mozzarella cheese.

It’s easy to make for a weeknight, but special enough for dinner guests.

baking sheet with slices of sun dried tomato pizza

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Sun-dried tomato pizza with Italian sausage

This tasty pizza is loaded with the flavors of summer, with deliciously flavored sundried tomatoes. It is also one of my favorite fall comfort food recipes to make!

We love the combination of sun-dried tomato pesto with creamy ricotta cheese. And the sweetness of caramelized onions with savory Italian sausage.

Yum, my mouth is watering for another bite!


  • KID FRIENDLY – This is definitely kid approved.. for that matter, it’s husband approved too!
  • EASY – Best of all, it comes together quickly to make a super flavorful family dinner. Perfect for busy weeknights!
  • INEXPENSIVE – It is quick and easy, but will remind you of eating out at a big fancy pizza bar, but with a fraction of the cost.
baking sheet and 3 white dinner plates with the sun dried tomato pizza slices.

Ingredients

This delicious pizza recipe only requires a few simple ingredients

  • Pizza dough — I always recommend homemade pizza dough, but you could substitute for a pre-made one if preferred.
  • ground Italian sausage — mild or spicy
  • onion — use white, yellow onion…or substitute with red onion if that’s what you have on hand.
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 8.1 oz jar of sun-dried tomato pesto — this will replace the usual tomato pizza sauce with tons of delicious flavor!
  • ricotta cheese
  • fresh shredded mozzarella cheese
ingredients in small bowls.

Instructions

Make a homemade pizza like this authentic Italian pizza dough recipe. It will take about an hour or so for the pizza dough to rise.

Use a rolling pin to roll out the pizza crust to fit into a large sheet pan.  

In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil and caramelize the onion, set aside. Brown the Italian sausage, drain and set aside. 

Spread the sun-dried tomato pesto on top of the rolled out pizza dough. 

pizza dough rolled out and on a large baking sheet.
sun dried tomato pesto spread over the pizza dough.
ricotta cheese spread over top of the tomato pesto on the pizza dough.

Dollop the ricotta cheese on top of the pesto. Press down with the back of a wooden spoon to spread it a bit, but not well enough to stir or fully combine with the pesto. 

Add the cooked ground sausage to the top of the pesto & ricotta. Add the caramelized onions to the top. Top with the mozzarella cheese. 

cooked Italian sausage crumbled over the top of the ricotta cheese.
mozzarella cheese on top of the caramelized onions and Italian sausage.
finished sun-dried tomato pesto pizza with Italian sausage on a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated 475 degree oven for between 13-15 minutes or until the edges of the pizza are nice and golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before slicing.

If desired, sprinkle with a bit of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat. Top with a little fresh shredded parmesan or pecorino cheese for an extra boost of deliciousness.

slices of sun-dried tomato pesto pizza on white plates.

How to store and reheat leftovers

If you have leftover pizza, store in the refrigerator. Use an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

To reheat, add to a preheated 350 degree oven for 7-10 minutes, or until warmed through.

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Sun-dried tomato pesto pizza with Italian Sausage

This sun-dried tomato pesto pizza is simple to make and packed full of delicious creamy and savory flavors. Use your favorite brand of sun-dried tomato pesto to top the pizza for a quick and easy pizza dinner.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 492 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pizza dough
  • ½ pound ground italian sausage
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 8.1 ounce sun-dried tomato pesto
  • 8 ounce ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese freshly shredded

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your favorite pizza dough. Roll out to fit inside of a large rimmed sheet pan.
  • In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil and caramelize the onion, set aside. Meanwhile in another skillet, brown the Italian sausage, drain.
  • Spread the sun-dried tomato pesto on top of the rolled out pizza dough. 
  • Dollop the ricotta cheese on top of the pesto. Press down with the back of a wooden spoon to spread it a bit, but not well enough to combine with the tomato pesto sauce. 
  • Add the cooked ground sausage to the top of the pesto & ricotta. Add the caramelized onions to the top. Top with the mozzarella cheese. 
  • Bake in the preheated 475° oven for between 13-15 minutes or until the edges of the pizza are nice and golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before slicing. 

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 20gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 1053mgPotassium: 223mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 542IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 228mgIron: 1mg
Keyword sun-dried tomato pesto and italian sausage pizza, sun-dried tomato pesto pizza
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