Chicken Sausage Pizza with Kale Walnut Pesto

We may skip a week every now and then, but pretty much every Friday night we have homemade pizza for dinner.

It’s a farewell to the workweek and an introduction to the weekend. We always have a few slices leftover, which John enjoys for lunch the next day.

I have fun coming up with different ingredient combinations, and this one ended up working out really well!

On top of our favorite Whole Foods whole wheat dough is the Kale Walnut Pesto I posted yesterday, crumbled chicken sausage, and my go-to cheese duo of mozzarella and cheddar.

John picked up this tip from a friend “in-the-know” about the inner workings of a pizzeria; the mozzarella melts into that desirable gooey cheesiness and the cheddar lends a sharp flavor and beautiful golden brown crispness.

Can I tempt you to join in our tradition and make tonight “Pizza Friday”?!



Chicken Sausage Pizza with Kale Walnut Pesto

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Keywords: bake pizza main cheese kale chicken winter

Ingredients (1 pizza pie)

  • olive oil for drizzling
  • 2 links, about 1/2 lb, uncooked chicken sausage (I used garlic herb)
  • 1 lb ball whole wheat pizza dough, at room temperature (I buy mine from the freezer section of Whole Foods)
  • flour for rolling
  • 1 batch Kale Walnut Pesto
  • 1 cup freshly shredded low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded 50% reduced fat cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 450°F.

Remove casings from sausage and place meat in a medium nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until crumbled and no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside.

Drizzle a bit of olive oil onto a rimless baking sheet.

Lightly flour a clean work surface. Roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Transfer rolled out dough onto the sheet.

Spread the pesto evenly over the rolled out dough. Top with cooked crumbled sausage and both cheeses.

Bake for 8 minutes. Carefully remove the baking sheet from underneath the pizza. Bake directly on the oven rack for 3-4 minutes, or until the crust is crisp and the cheese is golden brown.

Nutritional Information will vary depending on type of chicken sausage and pizza dough used

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