Spicy Apulian Pizza with Sausage

This spicy Apulian pizza with sausage will become your favourite thing once you try it. Let me tell you why.

  1. It’s not your usual pizza
  2. It’s spicy
  3. It’s meaty
  4. It’s peppery
  5. It’s cheesy
  6. It’s regional and made with high quality Italian ingredients
  7. It’s filling, so you can share it
  8. You can make it at home in under an hr


Here’s what to expect: Hold a slice of this scrumptious pizza and you’ll instantly feel the thickness of the dough. Bite into a crunchy crust with a soft interior covered with homemade tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese. That bite will get even better once you meet the spicy toppings. Ready for more slices?

Let’s make this together.


ingredients for spicy pizza with sausage


Italian Sausage Pizza Toppings

Wondering what spicy pizza toppings to put on your pizza that go with Italian sausage?

These are the toppings I suggest using on your pizza with sausage:

Peppers – your regular ones or Friarelli from Puglia



A homemade tomato sauce

A spicy Italian spread/sauce like Belmorso Cannonata

Fresh or dry Italian herbs like oregano

A high quality extra virgin olive oil like Belmorso EVOO

Cannonata cannonata


Cannonata review


What’s the difference between Sausage and Spicy Italian Sausage on Pizza?

The simple and quick answer is that Italian sausage is just tastier and filled with good ingredients that will add so much flavour to your pizza.

You don’t necessarily need to use a spicy Italian sausage. Feel free to use a regular Italian sausage, like a Toscana variety (Tuscan sausage).

Even if you use a sweet sausage you can make your pizza spicy by adding Belmorso Cannonata or super spicy by adding our Italian chilli dip.


Spicy Italian Sausage Types

If you prefer a spicy Italian sausage, I suggest trying Salsiccia Abruzzese from the Abruzzo region, the famous Lucanica from Basilicata or the Calabrian Nduja sausage.


pizza with sausage before going in the oven


Best Sausage Pizza Recipe

Below you’ll find all the steps to make this tasty pizza at home. Follow along on your screen or print out the recipe card.


spicy pizza with sausage from Italy

Spicy Apulian Pizza with Sausage

Next time you crave a spicy pizza with sausage try this Apulian style chunky dough pizza, you won't regret it.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Time to cook pizza sauce (if not pre made) 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 share one large pizza
Calories 1000 kcal


  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 chopping knife
  • 1 round pizza dish
  • 1 small pot


  • 1 store bought round and deep pizza dough or regular pizza dough
  • 3 tbsp homemade tomato sauce with basil
  • 3/4 handfuls shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small yellow onion you can choose a stronger variety if you prefer
  • 1/2 orange pepper
  • 2 Italian sausages
  • salt, pepper, and oregano I am using dry oregano, but you can use it fresh too.
  • 5 tsp Belmorso Cannonata

Ingredients for Homemade Tomato Sauce


Preparing the Homemade Tomato Sauce

  • Add all your ingredients into your pot, mix, and leave the sauce to simmer for 40 minutes on low heat. You can leave the garlic cloves hole and then remove them if you prefer.
    homemade Italian tomato sauce for pizza

Making Spicy Apulian Pizza with Sausage

  • Peel and slice the onion sideways into thin pieces.
    slicing onion for pizza
  • Take half of your pepper, wash it and slice that into half strips.
    slicing pepper for sausage pizza
  • Take your pizza dough and lay it on a dish with a fresh sheet of parchment paper.
  • Spread your tomato sauce, enough but not too much that it makes the pizza liquid. If you are using frozen homemade tomato sauce, add a little less as it tends to be slightly more watery.
    spreading homemade tomato sauce on pizza dough
  • Top with as much mozzarella cheese as you'd like.
    adding shredded mozzarella on pizza
  • Then layer your vegetables on top, the onions and the pepper.
    toppings for pizza with sausage
  • Season lightly as your pizza is already well seasoned with the ingredients.
  • Next, sprinkle the oregano.
  • It's time to add dollops of the spicy component that will make your pizza so delicious. I am speaking about the Belmorso Cannonata, that so many rave about.
    adding spicy Cannonata sauce on pizza with sausage
  • After that, you want to take your sausage, remove the casing and add it into crumbled pieces on top of the other ingredients.
    Italian sausage on pizza
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. I preheated my oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes and the pizza turned out perfect.
    pizza with sausage before going in the oven
  • Take it out of the oven, cut into slices, drizzle some Belmorso Extra Virgin Olive Oil and share it with a loved one. It's perfect to be enjoyed alfresco, on ar romantic set table or while watching a movie.
    tasting pizza with sausage


This pizza is not low calories, as you can see. I suggest to see it as a treat and enjoy every crumb. Then work out a little more the next day :).
Keyword medium spicy, pizza, with Italian sausage


Quick Rising Italian Pizza Dough Recipe

If you can’t find the right type of pizza dough at your local supermarket, or prefer making your own, here’s our recipe for a true Italian pizza dough that rises quickly and tastes divine.


quick pizza dough recipe


Other Delicious Italian Pizza Recipes to Try

Don’t worry, we have plenty of lighter pizza recipes on our blog, so you can rotate between them. Have a look.

no yeast pizza dough pizza rustica capricciosa pizza pesto pizza mushrooms pizza


  1. No Yeast Pizza Dough – Apulian Vegetarian Pizza
  2. Pizza Rustica – a Vegetarian Pizza full of goodness
  3. The Classic Capricciosa with homemade dough that rises in 30 minutes
  4. Pizza al Portafoglio with Pesto – a Street Food style pizza
  5. Mushrooms and Wurstel Pizza


PS: If you have any Italian pizza requests, drop them in the comments.


Is Spicy Italian Sausage Actually Spicy?


Is spicy Italian sausage actually spicy?

Most spicy Italian sausage is medium spicy, so don't expect something that will set your mouth on fire. The mild spiciness makes it possible to savour all the flavours that come with a delicious and fresh Italian sausage. If you still want to taste the spiciest one try Nduja from Calabria, which is known for its heavy use of chilli.

What is spicy Italian sausage made of?

Spicy Italian sausage is made of the usual sausage ingredients in Italy plus some spicy components. The basic ingredients are a mix of low and high fat pork meat minced, a high fat component like bacon or lard, salt and pepper. The additional ingredients can include fennel seeds, dried chillies, white wine, parsley, provola cheese, as well as others.

Can you eat undercooked sausage?

Certain types of sausages, especially Italian ones, are safe to eat raw or undercooked. As for any pre-packaged or pre-frozen sausages, you should always cook them in a pan, oven or on a grill until they are fully cooked. You can measure the internal temperature with a kitchen thermometer, and that should be 160 F.


Author: Alessia


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