Delicious & Rustic Pizza 2 Ways ~ Sausage, Pepper & Onion Pizza & Fresh Margherita Pizza #CucinaAntica

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Delicious & Rustic Pizza 2 Ways ~ Sausage, Pepper & Onion Pizza & Fresh Margherita Pizza #CucinaAntica

 It is no secret to anyone that knows me that I love to cook and have since I was really young. I think that love all stems from my regular visits to my Grandparents house in Georgia, right outside of Atlanta as I was always so excited to go and visit as much as possible. They lived in the country on a Lake and their property was just so magical. Tons of woods, gravel roads, the lake and streams….. I just loved it. Then add to that the fact that my Grandmother was the like the best…. cook…. ever……. and it was always my favorite place to visit. My Grandmothers food was all that I could think about sometimes on the drive there as I imagined her big breakfast feasts with homemade buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, perfectly scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits….. and I can keep going. You get the point. Her southern cooking style was my absolute favorite thing on the planet and everything from breakfast, to lunch, dinner and even desserts, was the best. She never made anything that wasn’t just amazingly delicious and the best thing I had ever eaten….oh and did I mention everything was homemade? Yeah…. Everything. I always wanted to cook like her…. and to be able to share that love of food to everyone that I cooked for. Over the years I have had lots of practice and have finally gotten pretty good at replicating some of my favorite recipes of hers… plus I have added my own twist to a few. One of my favorite dinners when we visited every time was my Grandmother’s pizza.

My grandmother was southern…. but she could make delicious pizzas. She made the dough homemade and she would make a few varieties so that there was something for everyone. This got me to thinking that it has really been a long time since I made pizzas for my family. I mean a really long time. Sure you can order a pizza…. but homemade is just the best, especially when using the best ingredients and even having a bit of fun with the  toppings and varieties. You can really customize and make it all your own. I chose to use the Cucina Antica Tomato Basil cooking sauce for my pizzas and we took a vote and chose our two favorite pizza recipes…. Rustic Sausage, Pepper & Onion Pizza and a Fresh Margherita Pizza.

I am so excited to share with everyone that I have become a brand ambassador for Cucina Antica, a company that has created cooking sauces, pasta sauces, salad dressings and condiments that are Non-GMO verified, gluten-free, free of sugar and preservatives. I love that each and every jar is made with imported San Marzano Italian Plum Tomatoes which are known to be the best to chefs and home cooks alike. I also love that they create cooking sauces created with an artisanal method that leaves room for the home chef to truly create meals without the worry of their sauces becoming acidic from over-cooking. 



So you may be wondering what do I mean by pizza *2 ways*…. and it is basically that I am making 2 types of pizza and I am cooking the crusts differently for each. I decided to use a plain uncooked dough surface…. just like my grandmother used to do when she made pizzas…. for my Sausage, pepper and Onion Pizza. This one will be cooked completely in the oven and will be created by starting off with a delicious base of Tomato Basil Cooking Sauce and then all of my desired toppings such as crumbly Italian sausage, thinly sliced peppers and onions and lots of shredded mozzarella cheese. I love using a bottled sauce that is premium and delicious and that contains no added sugars because in all honesty it is really hard to find a sauce without all of the unneeded ingredients that my family and I are trying to avoid.

This is a delicious pizza creation that is a spin off of an Italian family favorite on my husbands side. Tasty Sausage, Pepper and Onions. This is definitely a delicious pizza that provides amazing flavor combinations that meld together starting with a hearty base of Cucina Antica Tomato Basil Cooking Sauce to create the most delicious pizza creation ever. This is a new family favorite for sure.

I also made a family favorite…. Fresh Margherita Pizza. I decided to try a new method of cooking the crust for this pizza as I have been wanting to use my new outdoor griddle. You can also use a grill for this method, but basically I precooked the pizza dough on my outdoor griddle and then added a hearty base of cooking sauce, layered with all of my toppings and baked quickly in the oven for 5 minutes or so to melt all of the toppings. The results were delicious and you can see the char from this method of cooking. Loved it.

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Recipe 1: Rustic Sausage, Pepper & Onion Pizza

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Rustic Sausage, Pepper & Onions Pizza
Delicious Crispy Pizza Baked In The Oven and The Taste Is Sinfully Delicious!
  1. Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees this way it is ready to go once you have built your pizza masterpiece.
  2. Brown the Sweet Italian sausage in a pan. I used a ground sausage so that it would be small crumbles as I prefer it that way. Feel free to brown links and slice thinly to add if you prefer your Italian sausage sliced. Both ways are equally delicious. Once browned, drain on a paper towel and set aside.
  3. Now you will want to spread the pizza dough out onto a baking sheet into a nice sized circle....
  4. Spread the Cucina Antica Basil Cooking Sauce evenly onto the pizza dough leaving a little room for a crispy edge. Use more if you like a saucy pizza.
  5. Spread a bit of mozzarella to cover the sauce.
  6. Sprinkle as much of the browned sausage that you want onto the pizza.
  7. Now add the thinly sliced peppers and onions. as much as you would like.
  8. Now sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese on top and you can even add a bit of grated Parmesan Cheese to the top.
  9. Now pop your pizza on your baking sheet into the oven for 15 to 18 minutes. I check regularly after 15 minutes because the cooking time really depends on the amount of toppings that you have added to your pizza. You may like a softer crust.... or a crispier crust which requires a bit more cooking time. Just keep an eye on it after 15 minutes to see where you are at in the cooking process and you can remove or add extra cooking time.
  10. Now once you have pulled your pizza from the oven.... drizzle with a bit of EVOO ands sprinkle with some fresh grated Parmesan cheese and even some Oregano! The oregano brings out a delicious flavor in your melty cheeses.... so give it a try. YUM!
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Recipe 2: Fresh Margherita Pizza

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91 Replies to “Delicious & Rustic Pizza 2 Ways ~ Sausage, Pepper & Onion Pizza & Fresh Margherita Pizza #CucinaAntica”

  1. Mary Beth Elderton says: Reply

    Those pizzas looks so tasty—like a pizza from a restaurant. I will keep an eye out for the Cucina Antica sauces!

  2. Yummy, both ways sound absolutely delicious! I love homemade pizza, there is nothing better! My dad always had a garden and made the best pizza from scratch when I was a kid. 🙂 I will definitely have to check out this sauce, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. I will look for this sauce. I generally make my own but sometimes I do buy processed sauces.
    IF they are good quality.

  4. Love that the products are no n GMO and gluten free, and wow, that pizza looks fantastic! I will have to keep an eye out for Cucina Antica products next time I am in the grocery.

  5. I like the grilled pizza dough. Have to try this kind of sauce.

  6. I would defiantly make he Margherita Pizza. Would have to leave off the onions on the Rustic Sausage and Peppers one, because allergic to onion- which can sometimes be a problem when eating out!!

  7. shanah backman says: Reply

    i love making home made pizza

  8. Both pizzas look very good. I like the fact that the Cucina Antica Sauce is Non-GMO verified, gluten-free, free of sugar and preservatives.

  9. sheila ressel says: Reply

    Those pizzas look amazing! I have been testing different pizza doughs and sauces trying to find the perfect one for my family and will definitely give Cucina Antica a try. I love how fresh the sauce looks.

  10. I used to make my pizzas homemade then got busy. Now I’m remembering what I’m missing and I think I’m going to start making them fresh again. I do love basil, so that tomato basil sauce is just right for me to try. BTW, your pictures are so good I’m craving pizza right now – and it’s 7 in the morning….

  11. Yum! I have to say that both of those look so good! I have never tried making homemade pizza but I bet it would turn out so good! I know I would have to practice a few times first. I will definitely check these sauces out!

  12. Love the simplicity of your Margherita recipe, but I would have to add a TON of chili pepper flakes. My family is crazy for spicy pizza!

    1. I would love them too…. no one loves spicy like me in my household. My husband will take a bit of heat… but yes…. next time I will make a spicy one for myself 🙂 Sounds so good!

  13. Linda Madden says: Reply

    These look so good! I would love the sausage peppers and onion!

  14. Rebekah Thompson says: Reply

    This looks like something the boys and I could make together that everyone would enjoy.

  15. this has to be the most delicious pizza i have ever seen

  16. Allyson Tice says: Reply

    margherita pizza is amazing and these crusts look devine! i may have to give these a try this weekend with my hubby n kiddos! we LOVE homemade pizzas!

  17. Cassidy ciazza says: Reply

    I’ve never heard of this sauce but it sounds fantastic and the label is very elegant. The pizza recipe is now on my to-do list and looks like it could become my newest card addiction

  18. I love pizza. I need to make one for dinner.

  19. These pizzas look SO good! We do make homemade pizza sometimes, and you’ve inspired me with these recipes.

  20. Those pizzas look so good. They make me have a taste for pizza…we may just have to have some for dinner.

  21. Michelle StPierre says: Reply

    These look delicious! I will be ordering the sauce on Amazon. I have prime so that is great because I will get free shipping. As soon as the sauce comes in my kids and I will make pizza!

  22. Sandy Klocinski says: Reply

    These look awesome! Homemade pizza is so much better than store bought. And a good quality sauce makes the pizza

  23. This looks so yummy and I will have to try out the recipe 🙂

  24. Trisha McKee says: Reply

    Delicious pizzas that are not difficult to make! My partner loves pizza, and that is pretty much all he eats. But he is still so picky about the pizza he eats, so this would be amazing to make for him. Thank you for the recipes.

  25. Both these pizzas sound great! I hope I can find this sauce where I live!

    1. Available on Amazon if you run into an issue and is free shipping with Prime. Always an awesome thing!

  26. This looks so good. I really love the green bell peppers, and homemade is the best for any food.

  27. I love making my own pizzas from scratch. I’ll have to look for this sauce to make them even better.

  28. This looks delicious!! I would love to try that sauce, it can be hard finding just the right sauce to make the perfect yummy homemade pizzas!

  29. I love that you put fresh basil – so much better than dry!

  30. Darlene Carbajal says: Reply

    That pizza looks amazing! I have never made a homemade pizza before.

  31. Homemade pizza is the best. I need to try to make this. The right sauce makes the pizza! This stuff is super tasty!

  32. Margherita Pizza is one of my all time favorites. I’ll be sure to look for the Cucina Antica brand the next time I go shopping! Great recipes.

  33. Pizza is our favor.ite food at our house. I bet homemade would be better

  34. Pam Halligan says: Reply

    Pizza is my family’s favorite meal. Sausage is one of our favorite toppings, along with pepperoni and plain cheese.

  35. Cassidy ciazza says: Reply

    My mother lives in the South and always makes her pizza homemade as well because it’s better than what’s in the restaurants. I’ll share this review with her.

  36. Ugh I love pizza too much for my own good!
    I need this like.. right now!

  37. Dana Rodriguez says: Reply

    I haven’t seen this sauce before. I will be looking for it. Thanks for the recipes!

  38. I love pizza! the rustic sausage, pepper and onion is really tempting me.

  39. Phyllis Huebbe says: Reply

    I love both of these recipes. But I love any kind of pizza as long as it has a good crust and sauce.

  40. These pizzas look so good! I’m always trying to find new recipes that my two daughters will eat. They’re the pickiest eaters. My son will eat anything.

  41. Now that is what Pizza is supposed to look like. I bet is much better than delivery.

  42. Looks so good! I’m gonna try to make it on my next day off!

  43. vickie coutrurier says: Reply

    that pizza looks so good,,hard to believe it was made at home,,mine never look like that,so I think I’m gonna give this a try,thanks

  44. Cheryl Everitt says: Reply

    Thank you for sharing. I guess I have always been “chicken” when it comes to making homemade pizza. I figure mine will not be as good as the “other”. But, you have given me the courage to step up to the plate!

  45. Susan Hartman says: Reply

    Your pies look wonderful. I will keep my eyes open Cucina Antinca sauces in the grocery store. I’m always buying sauces but have to watch the carbs. Its good that there is no sugar added.

    1. And seriously it is so delicious. You would never miss it for a minute! So good.

  46. This sounds so delish!
    After reading and seeing that photo my tummy is growling!! Lol!
    Will definitely be trying this sometime with the family.

  47. Linda Manns Linneman says: Reply

    This sounds so good. I have never tried this product before. I love making pizza at home from scratch. It always tastes so much better. Thank you so much for sharing. I will be making this soon

  48. Delores Harris says: Reply

    Don’t read this when hungry, looks too good!

  49. The rustic sausage, pepper & onions pizza looks like something from a restaurant. I wanna try it out!

  50. Christine Weary says: Reply

    Looks so yummy gonna have to try this recipe.

  51. Where can you buy this sauce? Sign me up! This pizza looks good…

    1. It is available at several of my local grocers and also Amazon with free shipping via Prime. Also….. there is a store locator within my post to help you find a local store that carries it near you. Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

  52. I have never seen this sauce before but it looks delicious!

  53. Pizza is my favorite food ever but trying to avoid carbs for a few months for a wedding .

  54. (Delicious & Rustic Pizza 2 Ways ~ Sausage, Pepper & Onion Pizza & Fresh Margherita Pizza) We are due to make some homemade pizza’s here at our house, it has been awhile now. These sound like winners to me.

  55. Pizza looks very good. I would like to try that sauce.

  56. That pizza looks fantastic! The sauce seems thin, is it the picture or is it a thinner pizza sauce? Thanks for sharing with us!

  57. Sounds Great!

  58. Phyllis Huebbe says: Reply

    Any kind of pizza is good pizza, but these two look delicious!

  59. We love having pizza night at home.

  60. I now have these recipes on hand and ready to try! Thank you so much! 🙂

  61. Ashley walters says: Reply

    Looks great

  62. This looks so yummy.

  63. Shannon Mitchell says: Reply

    They look amazing. I’ll have to look for the sauce at my local Walmart. I have to skip the onions though my husband hates them.

  64. I like a good thick crust classic pizza.

  65. It is making me crave pizza right now. That looks so good!

  66. The Rustic Sausage, Pepper & Onions Pizza looks awesome. My husband and son would love it.

  67. All this food is makin me hungry. Amazing

  68. Sally Gearhart says: Reply

    My hubby and his family can eat pizza every single day, in fact me and pizza are taking a break because of it. This pizza could easily change my mind though. We do prefer making our own pizza and i definitely going to try this sauce. Thanks for sharing your awesome recipes, they both look really good!

  69. Those pizzas look super delicious. I will have to see if my store carries that sauce.

  70. Some good looking food here. I am always collecting recipes in hopes of trying to get my husband to eat more veggies. I could and was be a vegetarian for life but my husband is a meat eater. I wish he would realize the importance of veggies in a well rounded diet.

  71. Darlene Carbajal says: Reply

    That looks amazing!!

  72. gloria patterson says: Reply

    The last year I have been making pizza at home and have to admit that they are better than the store. My favorite of two you were doing is the Margherita Pizza.

  73. Buddy Garrett says: Reply

    I would love to make the Rustic Sausage, Pepper and Onion Pizza. It looks delicious.

  74. Shakeia Rieux says: Reply

    These look good! I have to try them both.

  75. gloria patterson says: Reply

    Beside the biscuits/gravy/home made pear preserves like you I could go on and on. I am from TN had a aunt that made chicken and dumpling for me ever times I got to come home.
    Pizzas looked so good! I am not a great cook so I buy the pizza dough but it is regular for me to make. Will have to look for this sauce.

  76. Great looking recipe. Can’t wait to make this pizza pie.

  77. Susan Gillam says: Reply

    Yum, now I want Pizza, just cheese.

  78. Katie Bellamy says: Reply

    The sauce looks so fresh for being in a jar! That pizza looks delish!

  79. They sound delicious! I love Pizza. Thanks for the recipes 🙂

  80. OMgosh that pizza looks really yummy and I love marghertia pizza omg soo good I wish I had money for pizza right now 🙁

  81. We make homemade pizza every Saturday. We like it so much better than restaurant pizza! These look like great recipes, thanks for sharing!

  82. Brittany Potter says: Reply

    Yummy! They look so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!

  83. Those look good! I love the Margherita Pizza! Thanks for sharing!

  84. That sauce looks so incredible. I make a lot of homeade pizza for my family. I will need to try this.

  85. OMGosh they both look good but i wouldn’t be able to eat it today as I have some sort of flu bug

  86. Pizza is my favorite food. I like to eat different types of f Pizza and I also like to cook. I liked your recipe very much. Thank you for showing such recipes. I hope you post more such recipes on your blog.
    Thanks again

  87. Those pizzas look amazing. We love having a made from scratch pizza at home. It’s always good to have a great pizza sauce like the cucina antica. The sauce means everything to me when I make mine.

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