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Sausage and Kale Pizza

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Your family will be so happy when this hot and delicious Sausage and Kale Pizza comes out of the oven! This simple pizza recipe is topped with Italian sausage, tomato sauce, chopped kale, fresh mozzarella, and sprinkling of parmesan cheese. So good!!

Check out this How to make Homemade Pizza post for detailed instructions and recipes for making pizzeria quality pizza at home.

A whole pizza on parchment paper topped with tomato sauce, melted cheese, Italian sausage, and chopped kale with a wedge of parmesan in the background.

I originally shared this recipe November 2016. Updated January 2023.

The temperatures are finally dropping here in Arizona, and that means I can finally turn on the oven again! And what should I make first? Pizza, I need pizza!!

I have actually had this Sausage and Kale Pizza in my head for a few months now, so it was time to to see if it was as good as I imagined…and it was!!

Close up image of a sausage and kale pizza on a sheet of parchment paper.

I used to pile my pizza sky high with toppings and cheese…lots of cheese! But after trying some Italian style pizzas with minimal amounts of toppings, I realized that they really weren’t necessary…and my waistline definitely didn’t need them either!

Looking down on a whole Sausage and Kale Pizza on a sheet of parchment paper with a wedge of parmesan cheese in the upper right corner.

These measurements are more like guidelines though, use more or less depending on your family’s taste preferences. If you prefer extra sauce, then by all means add more sauce…or sausage…or even cheese. That’s the beauty of making your own pizza at home, you’re the boss!

How to make Sausage and Kale Pizza

Place baking stone (if using) into cold oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees for one hour.

Roll out pizza dough into a circle on a well floured surface. Place dough circle on a parchment paper lined pizza peel or backside of a baking sheet.

Spread pizza sauce over the top of the pizza dough.

Red pizza sauce spread over a pizza dough circle.

Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese, then the cooked sausage over the pizza sauce.

Pizza dough circle on a sheet of parchment paper topped with sauce, crumbled Italian sausage, and grated mozzarella cheese.

Sprinkle the chopped kale and Parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza.

Pizza dough topped with sauce, grated mozzarella, chopped kale, crumbled Italian sausage, and grated parmesan.

Slide pizza onto the hot baking stone and bake for 10 to 14 minutes, depending on your oven. My gas oven took 14, my electric oven took 10 minutes, so keep an eye on it.

Remove from oven, slice and garnish with additional grated Parmesan cheese.

Looking down on a whole sausage and kale pizza cut into slices.

This pizza is sooooo good, exactly what I was craving!

Recipe Notes

  • I used my Homemade Pizza Dough recipe that is made in a bread machine for this pizza…because I forgot to make the Italian Pizza Dough the night before.
  • The bread machine version is ready to use in about one and a half hours.
  • A full pizza dough recipe is enough to make 2 pizzas, just double the toppings and you will have lots of pizza…and leftovers too!
  • I used Mild Italian Sausage, but Spicy or Sweet would work as well.

As you have probably already guessed, I did not measure anything when I made this pizza. Making pizza is kind of second nature to me after this many years, so I just toss things on top without thinking. Have fun with it, get the kids involved and make an adventure out of it.

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So what is your favorite pizza flavor? I also like sausage and pineapple, but didn’t know how well it would go over?

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Enjoy!!

A whole pizza on parchment paper topped with tomato sauce, melted cheese, Italian sausage, and chopped kale with a wedge of parmesan in the background.

Sausage and Kale Pizza

Your family will be so happy when this hot and delicious Sausage and Kale Pizza comes out of the oven!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pizza recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • .25 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup grated, fresh mozzarella cheese
  • .75 pound cooked Italian sausage or more
  • 1 cup chopped, fresh kale or more
  • .25 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese always more

Instructions

  • Place baking stone (if using) into cold oven. Preheat oven to 500°F for one hour.
  • On a well floured surface, roll out pizza dough into a circle. Place dough circle on a parchment paper lined pizza peel or backside of a baking sheet.
  • Spread pizza sauce over the top of the pizza dough, then sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese and cooked sausage over the top.
  • Top with the chopped kale and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.
  • Slide pizza onto the hot baking stone and bake for 10 to 14 minutes, depending on your oven.
  • Remove from oven, slice and garnish with additional grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes

  • I used my Homemade Pizza Dough recipe that is made in a bread machine for this pizza…because I forgot to make the Italian Pizza Dough the night before.
  • The bread machine version is ready to use in about one and a half hours. 
  • A full pizza dough recipe is enough to make 2 pizzas, just double the toppings and you will have lots of pizza and probably leftovers as well.
  • I used Mild Italian Sausage, but Spicy or Sweet would work as well.
  • These measurements are more like guidelines, use more or less toppings depending on your family’s taste preferences. 

Nutrition

Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 1357mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1095IU | Vitamin C: 11.9mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 3.9mg

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  1. This one would definitely be a hit in my house. The healthy eater would be happy about the kale, and the meat lover would be happy with the sausage. I love pizza’s versatility. Not sure I could rally to make my own dough, but I bet it would work with the dough I can buy at the grocery store, right?

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