Monday night is half price pizza night at our local pizzeria. We love it and it has been a staple of our weekly menu for almost two years. Lately, we’ve been skipping it because it’s just too caloric. Honestly…I don’t even know how many calories are in it. I guess. Tonight, instead of half price pizza, I made homemade pizza!
The ingredients that I chose tonight were very simple and will make my whole family happy. Unfortunately, I forgot the fresh garlic, but they’ll live. :-). I started by rubbing a little olive oil the entire pan. This help ensure a crispy outside to the crust.
Then, I browned a pound of hot Italian sausage (no casing) in a frying pan. You can use turkey sausage, ground beef or I would use bacon if I wasn’t counting my calories.
In the meanwhile, I rolled out the pizza dough (thank you, Whole Foods!) on a floured surface.
Once the dough was rolled out, I laid it on the pre-oiled pan and poked tiny holes in it with a fork. I brushed a bit more olive oil on top.
See the fork holes!?!? This is to help keep your pizza flat instead of having a bubbly crust.
I brushed the crust with my favorite jar sauce.
Drained the sausage on paper towels…
Sprinkled the sausage all over my saucy crust…
Then, I sliced up fresh baby mozzarella balls and divided them up across the top of the pizza. I sprinkled it with Italian Seasonings.
This went into the oven for 25 minutes at 425 degrees. The end result?
My family is happy and I know exactly how many calories are in 1/8 of that pizza. Good stuff for a Monday night after a long day at school and work.