Italian Sausage & Caramelized Onion Pizza

I feel like I’ve been on the biggest pizza kick lately.  All I want to do is make 20 different kinds of pizza and snack of them all day.  I’ve decided I need a “Pizza Week” in my life, I just don’t know when I’ll be debuting it on the blog.  When I found out the list of products that were part of the Flavors of Summer group I immediately knew I wanted to make this pizza.

Italian Sausage & Caramelized Onion Pizza 1


I completely adore caramelized onions and Italian sausage sounded like the perfect pairing.  I planned on adding feta cheese to this pie for a little tang, but it didn’t make it on my shopping list so I forgot it.  I’d be lost without a shipping list.  The sweetness from the onions and the bite from the Italian sausage is really just SO good.  I was the only one who ate this pizza.  Not because no one else liked it {I got to eat it alone since Mike had band practice}, but because it was gone in a 24 hour period while I stood in front of the fridge eating the leftovers the next day.  Oops!  Guess I’ll just have to make another one.  Yay!


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Celebrate Sweet Vidalia Flavors of Summer with the great tastes of fresh Vidalia OnionsAvocados from MexicoGourmet Garden HerbsJohnsonville Italian Sausagemangoswatermelon and Stemilt Cherries. Great food and good friends make everyday a party to remember so start entertaining and visit for recipes, coupons and entertaining tips.

Don’t forget to head over to the Flavors of Summer giveaway I’m co-hosting to enter for your chance to win one of seven prize packs.  Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card, and “I Love Avocados” t-shirt, a copy of  Summer Thyme {cookbook}, fresh Vidalia onions, and squeezable herbs from Gourmet Gardens {love their herbs!}.


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Food Blog Picnic: Italian Sausage & Caramelized Onion Pizza
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 4 to 6
  • Pizza dough {homemade or store-bought}
  • About ½ cup marinara sauce
  • ½ pound Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 Vidalia onion, peeled, halved, and sliced thin
  • 1½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion slices; stir to separate into individual pieces. Cook until onions just begin to brown - about 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until onions are tender and caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove to a bowl; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  3. Using the same skillet, add Italian sausage and return heat to medium. Cook until sausage is browned and cooked through, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain; set aside.
  4. Roll out pizza dough to a 14 to 16" round {depending on your baking sheet/pizza stone size}, and place on baking sheet or pizza peel, if transferring to pizza stone.
  5. Top with a thin-ish layer of marinara {see photo above} to within ½" of the dough edge.
  6. Top with sausage and almost all the onions. Sprinkle pizza evenly with cheese, and remaining onions.
  7. Transfer pizza to oven. Bake 8 to 12 minutes until cheese is bubbly, crust edges are golden, and crust bottom is crispy. Remove from oven, slice, and eat!


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  1. says

    OMGosh, Julie… This pizza looks flippin’ FANTASTIC! I’m a HUGE caramelized onion fan, and of course, living in Wisconsin makes me a fan of all things Johnsonville :)
    I’m definitely Pinning this awesome recipe!

    • Julie says

      Thanks so much Becca! I got to break in my Pampered Chef pizza stone – LOVE IT! And I may have eaten the extra onions while I was waiting for the pizza to cook. It’s so freaking good. I want one right now. Why didn’t I make pizza instead of a #baconmonth recipe last night? *sigh*

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