Deep-Dish Pizza

6 to 8 slices

  • 1 pound store-bought pizza dough
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage, casing removed (see Options)
  • 1 cup pizza or spaghetti sauce
  • 25 slices pepperoni
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Coat a 12-inch-deep-dish pizza or cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Using your fingertips or the heel of your hand, spread the dough so that it covers the bottom of the pan and comes three quarters or the way up the sides; set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the sausage oven medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes, or until crumbly and no pink remains, stirring constantly; drain.
  4. Spread the sauce over the dough, then top with the sausage, pepperoni, pepper, on onion. Sprinkle with the cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is crisp and brown. Cut and serve.

Options:  If you prefer a less-spicy sausage, go ahead and use a mild or sweet sausage.