A quick way to make everyone happy – personal pizzas! These Sausage and Pepper Personal Pizzas are made on par-baked mini pizza crusts and take less than 20 minutes from fridge to table for a quick weeknight dinner idea!
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Our meals during the last few months have had quite a range of styles – Instant Pot soups, chicken pot pie, dinner snack plates, homemade crab cakes!, and more.
But I’ve also been trying to satisfy and honor our classic eating-out cravings. These Sausage and Pepper Personal Pizzas do just that.
I use premade crusts along with a few ingredients from the fridge and a sprinkle of seasonings to create this simple but magical pizza. We’ve eaten this meal three times in the last two weeks!
What do you put on your Sausage and Pepper Personal Pizzas?
This is the kind of recipe that came together from what I already had on hand, and these are the types of things I want to be sharing right now!
Here’s my take on Sausage and Pepper Personal Pizzas, the easy way.
- par-baked mini pizza crusts – To make dinner quick and easy, locate some premade crusts from the store. If you want to get super creative, feel free to make your own mini pizza crusts out of store-bought or homemade dough. Here’s a post I wrote on how to make store bought dough into four mini pizza crusts!
- pizza sauce – The premade crusts I bought from the store also had sauce with them. It measured out to about 3 tablespoons per mini pizza. Feel free to replace with marinara or BBQ sauce if you make your own crusts or don’t have pizza sauce.
- shredded cheese – I don’t have any mozzarella on hand, but I did have sharp white cheddar cheese. Turns out the sharp cheddar and the sweetness from the peppers contrast perfectly, so this was a delicious option. For a slightly more traditional approach, mozzarella would definitely work.
- dried oregano & garlic powder – There’s this thing called Frozen Pizza Seasoning from Penzy’s and it’s the best thing to put on any frozen pizza (homemade or not) to give it the extra punch of pizza flavor. Well, I ran out, so this is my quick and easy replacement combo.
- mini sweet peppers – These are the red, yellow and orange peppers that come in a bag. They’re so delicious and perfectly sweet. However, if you can’t find any, bell peppers would definitely work too!
- fully cooked sausage – This can be any fully cooked sausage or meat you have on hand. Heck, it could even be chicken. I used a grass-fed beef bratwurst, one cut up and divided between two mini pizzas.
What kind of crust do you use for the pizzas?
Here are some crust ideas! There’s no wrong answer. Anything 6-8 inches in diameter would be considered a personal pizza.
- What I used: This recipe is what Boboli mini pizza crusts are made for. I bought the “party pack” from Costco, because you can always put leftover anything on a pizza crust. The pack includes sauce, which is great for making a quick meal and not having to buy a whole jar of pizza sauce for one or two mini pizzas. These are about 8 inches in diameter.
- Buy premade pizza dough and make your own mini pizza crusts – Stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods sell their own pre-made pizza dough. You can make it into par-baked crusts yourself at home! Read this post for a video and more info on my methods.
- Make your own pizza dough and do it all yourself – If you have the time and the patience, you can definitely make your own pizza dough, and turn it into mini pizzas or not. Really, the choice is all about how much work you want to do and how much time you have.
What kind of sauce can I use for the Sausage and Pepper Personal Pizzas?
You’ll need about 3 tablespoons of sauce for each personal pizza.
- If you buy the Boboli mini pizza crusts, they come with pizza sauce. Handy! I measured it out and it’s about 3 tablespoons for each pizza.
- You can use a jar of marinara or pasta sauce. 3 tablespoons each pizza!
- BBQ sauce would also be very delicious!
How long do you bake the personal pizzas?
After you put all your toppings on the pizza, bake it in a 450F preheated oven for 9-12 minutes or until the edges are getting golden brown and the sausage is sizzling!
Is this a make-ahead friendly meal?
This recipe is meant to be more of a one-off, quick assembly, weeknight dinner meal. It’s not technically meant to be prepared ahead of time.
However, here are some ways you can still save time with this meal, especially if you are making more than two personal pizzas:
- Wash, slice and prep your sweet peppers ahead of time.
- Slice your sausage ahead of time.
- Shred your cheese ahead of time.
- Keep components prepped to make assembly quicker.
How do I reheat leftover pieces of pizza?
This is certainly a meal that I would just eat cold to save time, but you can reheat as follows:
- 30-60 seconds in the microwave
- 6-9 minutes in a 350F oven
More quick and easy dinner ideas from Project Meal Plan:
- Easy Air Fryer Shrimp and Vegetables
- Everything Bagel Baked Salmon Salad Bowls
- Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad Sandwich
These Sausage and Pepper Personal Pizzas are made on par-baked mini pizza crusts and take less than 20 minutes from fridge to table for a quick weeknight dinner idea!
- 2 par-baked mini pizza crusts (*see notes for options)
- 6 tablespoons pizza sauce (marinara or BBQ sauce would work too)
- 1 cup shredded cheese (sharp white cheddar or mozzarella!)
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2–3 mini sweet peppers, stem and seeds removed, sliced
- 1 fully cooked sausage link (such as bratwurst or italian sausage)
- Prep: Preheat the oven to 450F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil (do not use parchment paper at this high temperature). Place two par-baked or premade mini pizza crusts on the sheet pan. Add sauce, about 3 tablespoons to each crust, and spread around with a spoon. Next, sprinkle about 1/3-1/2 cup of cheese to each crust. Sprinkle a small amount of dried oregano and garlic powder on each pizza crust, then divide cut peppers and sausage between the pizzas, and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- Bake: Bake the pizzas in the preheated oven for 9-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the sausage is sizzling. Cut into quarters and enjoy.
Crust options: I used Boboli mini pizza crusts available at the grocery store; Another option is to buy premade pizza dough and make your own mini pizza crusts. Read this post for a video and more info on my methods; You can also make your own pizza dough at home, this recipe from King Arthur Flour is delicious.
Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal.
- Serving Size: 1 personal pizza
- Calories: 728
- Fat: 31g
- Carbohydrates: 71g
- Protein: 34g
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