Brussels Sprouts and Spicy Fennel Sausage Pizza

Try this homemade pizza recipe topped with spicy-salty sausage and fresh Brussels sprouts and you'll have a hard time going back to from-a-box pizzas.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Rise Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
1 pizza


  • 1 recipe Easy Pizza Dough

  • 12 ounce ground pork

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts

  • 2 cup shredded Gruyère cheese (8 oz.)

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Easy Pizza Dough

  • 1 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 2 ½ cup bread flour

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Prepare Easy Pizza Dough. While dough is rising, prepare sausage.

  2. For sausage, in a large bowl combine pork, fennel seeds, salt, and crushed red pepper. Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Drop 1/2-inch pieces of meat mixture into the hot skillet. Cook until meat is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Remove skillet from heat; drain off fat. Set sausage aside.

  3. Preheat oven to 500°F. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Meanwhile, trim bottoms from Brussels sprouts and remove any browned outer leaves. Thinly slice Brussels sprouts.

  4. Place dough on a well-oiled 17x13-inch baking pan or a 14-inch pizza pan. Press and stretch the dough to the edges of the pan. Let dough rest 5 minutes. If necessary, stretch dough again to cover pan.

  5. Bake on lowest oven rack 10 minutes. Remove crust from oven. Top with cheese, sausage, Brussels sprouts, onion, and garlic. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. oil. Bake 10 to 12 minutes more or until edges are crisp and toppings are browned, turning pan once to ensure even browning. If desired, drizzle with additional olive oil before serving.

Easy Pizza Dough

  1. In a small bowl stir together warm water and yeast. In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups of the bread flour, the olive oil, salt, and the yeast mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead in enough flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease dough surface. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double in size (1 to 2 hours). Punch down dough; let rest for 10 minutes before using.

    Brussels Sprouts and Spicy Fennel Sausage Pizza

Make-Ahead Tip:

Sausage can be made ahead and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

500 Calories
29g Fat
38g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 500
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 722mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 44mg 220%
Calcium 330mg 25%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 369mg 8%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.1g
Folate, total 127mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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