Pizza with Italian Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, and Caramelized Onions

Prep time20-25 minutes | Cook time20 minutes | Total time40-45 minutes | Yield4-6 servings | Original Recipe on Taste As You Go


  • 1 large white onion, peeled and sliced
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • Flour
  • Tomato or pizza sauce (optional)
  • Shredded mozzarella


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pour enough olive oil into the pan to cover the bottom of it. When the oil begins to ripple, add the onion and allow to caramelize
  3. In another large skillet, cook the sausage oven medium-high heat until browned. Use a wooden spoon to break apart the meat as it cooks.
  4. Drain the sausage on a paper-towel-lined plate. Wipe the sausage grease (if any) out of the pan with a paper towel and return the skillet to the heat.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. After about 1 minute, add the broccoli rabe and saute until the leaves have wilted and the stalks are cooked but still have a slight bite to them. Remove the pan from the heat to allow the broccoli rabe to cool.
  6. On a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough to your desired thickness. Lightly oil a baking sheet and place the rolled dough onto the sheet.
  7. Top with sauce (if using), mozzarella, and the sausage, broccoli rabe, and caramelized onions. You don't have to use the full pound of sausage or all of the broccoli rabe or caramelized onions if you don't want to! Base the amount you use on your personal preference.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. 
  9. Reduce the heat to 400°F and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  10. Remove the pizza from the oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before slicing into 8 pieces.

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