Sicilian sausage-stuffed pizza

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
38 min
7 min
31 min
Pizza night just got a delicious upgrade - a two-crust pizza similar to what Sicilians call a sfincione, a pie believed to have been made by Sicilian peasant farmers long before anyone in the rest of Italy thought of making pizza. Making this impressive rustic pizza takes less than 40 minutes. Serve this for a casual weeknight dinner or for a fun, family night with a movie or board game. Terrific hot or at room temperature, you may have competition for any leftovers. Substitute turkey kielbasa for the chicken sausage if you like. Toss together a simple green salad for some cool crunch to serve alongside this wonderful pizza.


Cooked chicken sausage(s)

½ pound(s), smoked, coarsely chopped

Cremini mushroom(s)

1 pound(s), or white button mushrooms, sliced

Uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

Garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced, (to taste)

Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

½ cup(s)

Part-skim ricotta cheese

¼ cup(s)

Grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup(s), or Romano cheese

Pizza dough mix

1 pound(s), 1⁄2 recipe Basic Pizza Dough, at room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 500°F.
  2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Add the mushrooms and onion to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms give off liquid, it evaporates, and the mushrooms are golden, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the mushroom mixture to the sausage; let cool. Stir in the mozzarella, ricotta, and Romano cheeses.
  3. Sprinkle a work surface lightly with flour. Turn the dough onto the surface; knead lightly. Cut the dough in half. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll one half into a thin 12-inch circle. Transfer the circle of dough to a nonstick pizza pan or large baking sheet, gently pulling the dough back to a 12-inch circle. Spread the filling onto the dough, to 3⁄4 inch from the edge. Brush around the outer edge with water.
  4. Roll the remaining dough into a 12-inch circle and place on top of the filling. Press the edges together to seal, then crimp the edges. Cut 5 (2-inch) slits in the top of the dough. Bake until the crust is golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool 5–10 minutes and serve hot, or let the pie cool on a rack and serve at room temperature. Yields 1/8 pizza per serving.