Spicy Sausage Pizza: Your Turn!

by simplylife on January 23, 2013

Friends!  I’ve been thinking about you.  And you know what I realized?  I don’t know nearly enough about you!!!  I am so so so thankful to those of you who come here regularly, read about my daily musings, what I’ve been eating and may even leave a comment or two!  You will truly never know how much I appreciate you!


I see the numbers, which tells me that you’re there.  Honestly, just knowing that someone’s out there is what keeps me motivated to come back to this little space I love so much.  Just knowing you’re on the other side of the publish button has helped me gain so much confidence in the kitchen, taught me so much about myself and ignited so many passions of mine.

But!  Google analytics may be able to tell me where many of you live and what are your favorite posts, but there’s still so.much.more. I want need to know!


For once, I want to be a little more quiet to hear what YOU have to say!  Will you let me get to know YOU a bit more?  I would loooooove to hear from those who have been reading but not yet left a comment.  And if you’ve been here before and left a comment: thank you!  But I still want to learn so much about you! 🙂


So please, do me a HUGE favor, something I’ve been wondering about for a long time: let me know who you are!  To those of you who have been lurking and not yet let me know you’re out there, would you at least say hi?!  And to those of you who are feeling a bit more bold, will you just tell me a little more about yourself?  Tell me anything {clean 😉 } you’d like!  And if you’re feeling a bit shy and want a little guidance, here are some questions I’ve literally been wondering for years:

  • Where do you live?
  • How old are you? (feel free to leave a range/category like “upper 20’s” 😉 )
  • How many people do you live with?  If you cook, how many people do you usually cook for?
  • What brought you here?
  • What keeps you coming back (hoping that you do!)?
  • What are your favorite type of recipes/posts?
  • Have you ever tried a Simply Life recipe?  What’d you think?!
  • What would you like to see more of?


Oh, and just to say thanks in advance, I’m leaving you with one of my favorite new pizza recipes.  This takes pizza to a whole new level: spicy sausage, melted cheese and fluffy dough…yeah, I can’t think of a better way to say please?andthankyou.

Spicy Sausage Pizza

by Simply Life
Dough adapted from The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking

Keywords: bake pizza/flatbread entree mushrooms cheese Super Bowl American



Ingredients (Dough makes 2 crusts)

    For the Dough

    • 5 1/2 cups bread flour
    • 2 1/3 cup warm water
    • 3/4 tbs. salt
    • 1 1/4 tsp. yeast

    For the Topping

    • 2 tbs. olive oil
    • 1/2 lb. spicy sausage, casing removed and crumbled
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
    • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
    • 1/2 green pepper, sliced
    • 3 button mushrooms, sliced
    • Oregano, to taste
    • Red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)


    For the dough

    1. Combine bread flour and water and mix on low speed until blended. Set aside and let sit for 15 minutes.

    2. Add the salt and yeast and mix on low speed for 5 minutes. Place in bowl lightly covered in oil (dough may be sticky, this is okay). Cover and set aside for 20 minutes. Uncover and punch-down dough. Cover and set aside 20 minutes. Uncover and punch-down dough again. Cover and set aside a third time for 20 minutes.

    3. Finally, uncover and pinch-down dough. Cover and set aside for 2 hours (I let it sit for about 4 hours and it came out great).

    4. About an hour before baking time, preheat oven to 450 degrees with baking stone in oven. If using dough for pizza crust, divide dough in half. Refrigerate half for later use. Take other half and shape into a circle. Dust top and roll out with rolling pin. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.

    5. Uncover dough and stretch out. Cover and let sit 30 minutes. Add toppings (see below) and place on preheated baking stone, dusted in cornmeal. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

    For the topping

    1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and onion and saute until cooked through, about 8-12 minutes. Drain pan.

    2. Top pizza dough with sauce, cheese, cooked sausage and onion, peppers, mushrooms, and seasoning. Bake about 20 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

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    ~So puh-puh-puh-please, leave a comment, say hi and tell me a bit about yourself!

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    • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

      This is a beautiful pizza!
      You know me 🙂 Haha. I love that you want to learn more about your readers!!!

    • Liz @ Tip top Shape

      Pretty sure you get enough of my rambling over at my blog, but I’ll answer the questions anyway 😉

      1) I’m from Chicago.

      2) I’m 22 and am enjoying that palindrome for all it’s worth, lol.

      3) I live with one roommate. She doesn’t always eat my food (we have very different eating schedules) but when she does she never complains!

      4) I actually think you were the first person to comment on my blog a few years ago, which then brought me here. I’ve stayed because you have genuinely interesting posts!

      5) I think I answered why I come back above…but I will add that I love your recipes here!

      6) I love a good soup recipe. Warms my soul 🙂

      7) I can’t honestly remember if I’ve tried anything here, but I’m sure I have at some point!

      As for this post, this pizza looks amazing!!!

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        Oh I’m so happy I left you that comment and also found your blog!

    • Mom

      Hello, I’m your Mom and love to communicate with you in any and every way possible so I’ll celebrate this time to let you into my life as much as you can:

      1) I live in the same state you were born and where the majority of your loving family still is.
      2) I will be celebrating my 53rd birthday in a couple of months, but feel much younger.
      3) I live with your dad for the past 35 years and we cook for each other and your sister though I’m hoping she’ll be at the stove soon so she can learn to prepare her own meals when she leaves for college.
      4) What brought me here is my desire to be in your world as much as possible. I can honestly say though that your writings and pictures are what makes me re-read your posts slowly over again.
      5) I keep coming back because I want to see what you have made not just for your own pleasure, but what has brought a smile to your hubby’s oh so adorable face, I come back to travel down memory lane with you when you write about your adventures, I come back to laugh, and yes cry at those memories and to celebrate life with you, and I come back to be inspired at your growth, enticed by your recipes, to see your amazing pictures, and to read what other’s are saying.
      6) My favorite types of posts are deserts and anything made with dough.
      7) We have tried your recipes…your bean soup, your biscotti, your ‘the best cookies I’ve ever had’, I’ve even bought a panini grill because of how amazing your sandwiches look, and I can say I’m so glad we did each one!
      8) I would like to see more deserts please.

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        Thanks Mom! 🙂

    • The Squishy Monster

      North Carolina



      Our friendship =)

      Your amazing pics/recipes

      ALL OF IT =)

      I’m totally going to have to try this pizza!


      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        Thanks so much! I love your idea- I’m always up for more baking adventures!

    • Ioanna

      1. Athens, Greece

      2. 31

      3. I share my life and house with my spouse

      4. I forget

      5. I like the recipes and your writing

      6. The yeasted ones

      7. YES! They all worked fine. The Mediterranean Olive bread is my all time favourite

      8. I like the blog the way it is. I will consider any change as a nice surprise

      I would like to add that I appreciate all your hard work in keeping this blog. I’m sure it has proved to be a challenge at times.

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        Hi Ioanna- thank you SO much for leaving this comment! I”m so glad you like the yeast recipes; they’re usually my favorite to make! I am thrilled you’ve tried, and enjoyed, the Mediterranean Olive Bread – it’s one of my favorites too!

    • a farmer in the dell

      I love your blog!! This is a great post.
      1. Hood River, Oregon
      2. 29
      3. I live with my husband and dog. I cook for two usually.
      4. google I think!!!!
      5. you are upbeat and I love your recipes!!!
      6. I love soup recipes
      7. I’m going to make this pizza this weekend!!
      8. I would love more soup recipes!!

      I am so lucky to have found your blog!!!

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        Thanks! I feel the same way about your blog! I am started following it soon after I found it- you are always such an inspiration in the way you live!

    • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

      Well, I’ve been around forever … but I’ll answer the questions!

      I live in Canada, on the Saskatchewan prairies.

      I am 30.

      I live alone, but my BF spends a lot of time at my place.

      I don’t even remember – probably Foodbuzz.

      I feel like I know you – that’s why I come back 🙂

      i like appetizer recipes on any site best.

      I have – some bread, and I forget what else.

      Keep doing what you’re doing!

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        Thanks, Jolene! It’s been so fun to be “blogging friends” for years! 🙂

    • http://thehappinessinhealth.com/ Jessie

      What a great idea!

      Where do you live? IL

      How old are you? 28

      How many people do you live with? If you cook, how many people do you usually cook for? Husband, and sometimes a lot of people!

      What brought you here? I read your blog regularly before I went on a hiatus, then was thrilled to get back into it again! 🙂

      What keeps you coming back (hoping that you do!)? I love the funny and touching stories you have.

      What are your favorite type of recipes/posts? All of them!

      Have you ever tried a Simply Life recipe? What’d you think?! I have so many bookmarked – guess I should get on those, huh? 😛

      What would you like to see more of? Nothing in particular – just keep up the good work!

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        Thanks, Jessie! So happy to have you here…I’m glad you like the stories! 🙂

    • Tasha

      I am a longtime reader who used to comment regularly but doesn’t quite have the time to anymore. I’m still reading all your posts though 🙂 and I do because your uncomplicated vegetarian dishes are right up my alley. I’ve made quite a few of your recipes, mostly soups, with your Pizza In The Raw probably being my favorite of all. I’ve loved seeing your photography evolve over the past couple years.

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        THANK YOU, Tasha!! This is so nice to hear- and I completely understand not being able to comment! So glad you’ve liked the recipes- and yes, I have to agree, the Pizza in the Raw is one of my favorites too! 🙂

    • Andrea@WellnessNotes

      I’ve been reading for a long time and comment when I can, but when I read on the phone it often doesn’t happen…

      I love your simple recipes and gorgeous photos and the little stories to keep things interesting.

      I live in California with my husband our our “baby” who is now in kindergarten. We also have a son in college. I am in my 40s (but feel much younger…). 🙂

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        Thanks, Andrea! It’s been so fun to follow along your blog as well! Hope things continue to go well without coffee- you’re an inspiration!

    • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/ Megan

      That pizza is mouthwatering!!!

      I live in Boston. I’m 31. I live with my husband and our 95-pound chocolate lab (and I just cook for my husband). 🙂 I’m not sure how I first found your blog, but I think your recipes and pictures are what keep me coming back. I haven’t tried one of your recipes yet, but there are a bunch I want to try.

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        Thanks Megan! Wow -I didn’t know about your dog – so fun! I hope we can find ourselves at the same Boston event soon! 🙂

    • yummychunklet

      I love sausage pizza. It’s my favorite! I can’t wait to try your version.

    • http://twitter.com/Zomppa Zomppa

      You’re so sweet…I can tell you – I LOVE this pizza!! Always love coming here for ideas and inspiration.

    • http://www.singerskitchen.com/ Singerinkitchen

      Yum! What a great idea. I am always curious about my readers too!
      I have only currently been living in PA for 6 months
      I am 34
      I live with hubby and have a 15 month old and another on the way. I am currently cooking for 3. 🙂
      I originally found you through Foodbuzz and have stuck around. Love the freshness
      I love how your photography has evolved and how unique you build each blog entry.
      I like your pizza posts and your travel posts in addition to your giveaways. 😉
      I have tried your recipes and I love them. I cook similarly to you too!
      Keep it up!

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        Thank you! This is great to hear! It’s fun to be with people who have seen the blog through photography stages- thanks for sticking around! And congrats again about the new addition to your family! 🙂

    • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

      That crust!! It’s gorgeous… and what a fun idea to learn more about your readers 🙂 I’m 31, live with my husband and pup (and soon will be joined by our first baby, who I hope will be a good eater!) I live in Boston (Cambridge) so probably stumbled upon your blog via the Boston blogger scene and am always interested in keeping up with other local blogs. I love how accessible your recipes are and how these meals obviously fit into your everyday life. The anecdotes and food are what keeps me coming back, and I can’t wait to try your pretzels rolls soon!

    • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

      Oops – looks like my first comment didn’t go through… here it goes again (and sorry if there is a duplicate) – I’m 31, live with my husband and pup. I’m currently cooking for the two of us… but soon to be 3! (which means I’m eating for two lol)… I’m always interested in other Boston blogs and I love the stories behind your recipes and how they really seem to be part of your everyday life. Keep it up!

    • http://www.facebook.com/theresa.r.neff Theresa Neff

      I’m 27, married to a wonderful man, & a nurse. I’m going to school to become a NP. I live in Indianapolis. Love healthy living & LOVE your blog.

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        THANK YOU SO MUCH! I have so much respect for nurses and what you do!

        • http://www.facebook.com/theresa.r.neff Theresa Neff


    • Jayne

      Hiiii! I’m Jayne from Malaysia. I’ll be 27 in 2 months and I cook mainly for hubs and myself. I like to bake as well so whoever happens to be in my path will get some. haha… I’m here for the first time today so looks like I’m coming back. 😉 Wish there is a space where I can share with you my blog add here too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/urvashi.agarwal.9465 Urvashi Agarwal

      Haha this is so cute my friend – I wish I could bond with you over this pizza 😀

      Ok so I am Urvashi (a.k.a Choc Chip Uru) and am a 17 year old from Sydney 🙂 – I live in a family of 6 but bake for the equivalent of 2 people due to my family’s health obsession (which I pursue through exercise as opposed to overcontrol on my sugar :P)

      Why did I come here? Because I found it randomly – what a fabulous find it was – your zest for life and talent keeps me coming back all the time!


    • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

      What a cute post! And getting to know your readers is such a fun part of blogging isn’t it? 😀

    • camille

      This looks like essentially a perfect pizza.

      About me:
      I’m 30, I live in Boston with my husband, and I usually cook for just the two of us (or just for me, sometimes), although of course there are holidays and bringing food to work where I get to cook for a crowd.
      I came here through saving one of your recipes off Foodgawker, then making it and seeing you come and comment about it on my blog! Ergo, you are now on my blogroll, which is why I come back regularly.
      I don’t know if I can pick a favourite type of recipe! I love appetizery/snacky things, but I don’t make them nearly as often as regular meal-type dishes, or even desserts. I love it all.

      • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

        It’s always fun to have another Bostonian around 🙂 So glad I found your blog! Thanks for reading!

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