Sausage and Vodka Sauce Pizza

 I work outside of the home and I am not usually home until 5:30 or 6:00.  My husband is a teacher so he gets off a little earlier, but he has to pick my son up from daycare and take care of him.  By that time everyone is hungry and I am not in the mood to spend a long time making dinner, I’m already exhausted.  
This leaves us with a few options.  One option is that my husband makes dinner, as long as my 1 year old is cooperating.  This means that the dinner needs to be something easy, so that he can make it while dealing with a fussy and hungry 1 year old and because, while my husband does a good job cooking, he can’t really do anything difficult and needs a recipe to follow.  Another option is that we make dinner once I come home.  At this point I really don’t want to make anything too hard as I am hungry, tired, and I want to spend as much time with my son as possible before he goes to bed.  The third option is that we go out to eat or get take out.
I don’t like eating out all the time as it gets costly and isn’t as healthy. I don’t think dinner should be a chore, it should be something fast and easy so that I can spend more time with my family while eating a great meal and then enjoy the evening afterwards.   That means for weeknights I need easy meals.  That is what I really like about this Sausage and Vodka Sauce Pizza is that it is easy to make and it tastes great.  I decided to take one of my favorite pastas, Sausage with Penne and Vodka Sauce and turned it into a pizza. 
This pizza was fantastic, it reminded me of a specialty pizza that you can get at a pizza place.  I also love that it was easy to make.  I used refrigerated pizza crust to make it easier.  Also, the sausage can be browned in the stove or it can be made in the oven, which takes longer.  Another option is to make the sausage beforehand so that it is all ready to go for dinner or use leftover sausage.  I think I know what we are having for dinner tomorrow!
Sausage and Vodka Sauce Pizza

1 refrigerated pizza crust
1 cup smoked sausage, cubed (can brown in the oven for 20-25 minutes or cook in a skillet over medium heat)
3/4 cup Vodka Sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Parsley (optional)
1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Spread out the refrigerated pizza dough on a pizza stone or round pizza pan.  Cook the pizza crust for 8 minutes before putting any toppings on.  This allows the dough to get a little more crispy.
4.   Take the pizza crust out of the oven and spread the vodka sauce over the whole pizza, leaving a little bit of crust on the sides.  Next, sprinkle the sausage evenly over the vodka sauce.  Then sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the pizza, covering the vodka sauce and sausage.  

5.  Cook for 6-10 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and melted. Before serving, sprinkle parsley over the top of the pizza.  


*Alyssa*
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  1. Interesting pizza toppings! Noted!

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  2. Thanks for the feature! :)

  3. Looks Delicious!

  4. This looks like a great Pizza for Game Day. Hope you had a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. The Vodka part caught my attention! Looks like a delicious pizza! Having quick and easy weeknight meals is definitely a must.

  6. That looks like an amazing recipe!

  7. We eat alot of pizza at our house and I am always looking for new and different recipes. so glad i stumbled upon this one! I would love for you to come link it up at our recipe link up! Such a great alternative to regular pizzas! ~~katie http://www.katieslanguagecafe.com/2012/10/french-cuisine-friday-recipe-link-up-6.html

  8. This looks really good, I’m intrigued bu the recipe. What do you mean by Vodka Sauce?

    • Thanks! Vodka Sauce is a type of pasta or tomato sauce. You can find it in the grocery aisle with the other pasta or tomato sauces. I know that Bertolli makes it, but there are other brands as well.

  9. Alyssa,
    This looks delicious! I love pizza and make it quiet often at home. I’ve never tried the Vodka sauce on it though, but I will now. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

  10. Hi there. Food on Friday this time is all about sausages! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

  11. Hi! Stopping in to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/clever-chicks-blog-hop-6.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy
    The Chicken Chick

  12. That looks incredible! I love how the chunks of sausage are visible, so many store-bought pizzas have these tiny tiny pieces of meat! Can’t wait to try this!

  13. Oooh …. we have pizza night every Friday …. we may need to try this!