Healthy Recipe: “Sausage” Pizza with Peppers & Onions

“Sausage” Pizza with Peppers & Onions

Recipe by Becky Duffett | Photo by Erin Kunkel

Carnivores love the classic combo of sausage, peppers, and onions. But you can slip in ground turkey, instead of sausage, to help this pizza clean up its act. It’s a little less salt and fat, but plenty of satisfying protein.

Shopping tips: Look for balls of fresh pizza dough in the deli case, preferably a whole-wheat or whole-grain variety, or make your own cauliflower crust. Choose a high-quality jar of marinara, checking the label for sodium and sugar. And make sure you’re getting part-skim mozzarella, to keep the fat in a healthy range.


1 ball (about 1 lb/500 g) fresh whole-wheat pizza dough
Corn or all-purpose flour for dusting
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon red chile flakes
¼ lb (125 g) lean ground turkey
½ cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) low-sodium marinara sauce
1 cup (4 oz/125 g) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
½ small red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
½ small red onion, thinly sliced


About 30 minutes before you’re ready to start cooking, take the pizza dough out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature on the counter.

Preheat the oven to 500°F (260°C). Turn the dough out onto a large work surface dusted with flour. Roll it into a thin round. Let it rest for 10 minutes, then roll it out a second time. Dust a baking sheet with flour, and transfer the dough to the prepared sheet. Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

In a frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add the garlic and chile flakes and stir until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the turkey, breaking it up with a spatula. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is browned and has some crispy edges, 8 minutes. Set aside.

Spread the prepared pizza dough with the marinara and sprinkle with the mozzarella. Arrange the cooked turkey, bell pepper, and red onion on top. Bake until the crust is golden and the cheese starts to bubble and brown, about 15 minutes.

Let the pizza rest briefly, slice into wedges, and serve warm.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 417
Protein 27 g
Carbs 51 g
Fiber 9 g
Sugar 5 g
Total fat 14 g
Saturated fat 4 g
Sodium 840 mg

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