My family loves homemade pizza! All 6 of us love our pizza just a little bit different, so making our own pizzas at home allow each one of us to have our favorite toppings or like no toppings (LOL) for Gabe. Plus, saving money by not buying 6 different pizzas. 🙂 Sausage and caramelized onion pizza
Our favorite meat toppings for our pizzas is sausage. But, not just any type of sausage. I like to brown a pound or two of breakfast sausage. You can purchase Italian sausage, but it’s a little bit more pricey than a pound of breakfast sausage.
Can you cook pizza on a baking sheet?
Yes, I have always baked my pizzas on a cookie sheet. I know that you can buy pizza pans, but a sheet pan or cookie sheet is what I have always had on hand and it bakes up the pizzas perfect!
What is sheet pan pizza?
A sheet pan pizza or sheet pizza is a thin crust style pizza. This pizza is baking on a baking sheet, for example, like a rectangular cookie sheet. Then, the pizza is cut into square or rectangular slices. Even though most sheet pan pizzas are thin crust some of my family likes a thicker crust, so I make both thin crust pizza and thick crust pizza on sheet pans.
I was actually making “sheet pan pizza” before I knew that it had a name, because those were the pans that I had available, LOL!
How big is a sheet pan pizza?
I have different sizes of sheet pans, because I have 6 people in my household, so how much pizza I need to fix depends on how many people are eating pizza. I have one kid who only wants pizza sauce and cheese, one kid who wants onions and some who don’t want onions and so on. So, I may fix a large Italian sausage pizza, but a small one without toppings for Gabe. But, y’all get the idea that any size sheet pan will work depending on how much pizza that you would like to make.
Here is a pic of one of the pizza that I made, LOL. Some with no cheese or no meat or no caramelized onions or just raw veggies OR JUST PIZZA SAUCE! LOL!
Yes, that’s Gabe’s little corner of pizza with nothing but pizza sauce, LOL.
Let’s just say no one likes the same kind of pizza!! LOL
There are five industry-standard baking sheet sizes.
- Full-Size = 18” x 26”
- 2/3 Size = 16” x 22”
- 1/2 Size = 13” x 18”
- 1/4 Size = 9 1/2” x 13”
- 1/8 Size = 6 1/2″ x 9 1/2”
How many slices in a sheet pan pizza?
Depending on the size of slices that you cut, here are some average slice amount:
- 9″x13″ pan: 12 slices
- 13″x18″ pan: 20 slices
- 18″x26″ pan: 40 slices
What temperature do you bake a pizza sheet? And, how long do I bake a pizza?
Typically, I bake my pizzas at 375 degrees and preheat your oven before you add your pizza. I have my oven rack in the middle position and I bake for 15-20 minutes or until my pizza is golden brown. Around my house these times will vary, because I like my crust REALLY brown, but not everyone does, so just keep an eye on your pizza until it’s as brown as you would like it to be.
Should I oil the baking sheet for pizza?
YES, the crust will definitely stick if you do not grease your baking sheet very well before cooking your pizza or you can add a sheet of parchment paper to the sheet pan.
What toppings are on a sheet pan sausage and caramelized onion pizza?
Toppings can vary, but here are the ingredients that I have chosen for my sausage and caramelized pizza:
- cooked breakfast sausage
- onion – sauteed in olive oil and some left raw (because Gerald likes his raw and not cooked,
- pizza sauce
- shredded cheese
- ranch dressing – for dipping your pizza in – a MUST HAVE at my house, lol!
- pizza dough – store bought or hand made, my recipe is in the this post.
- chopped parsley (optional)
Can I add other toppings to my sheet pan pizza? Yes, of course, there are so many toppings to choose from. My husband loves pineapple and Canadian bacon. My favorite is Italian sausage, jalapenos and black olives, so the choices are endless. Here are a few ideas:
- bell pepper – you can either dice up the bell pepper or slice it up, plus you can cook them or leave them raw and add to your pizza
- onion – same with the bell peppers, dice or slice and if you don’t want caramelized onions then add raw onions
- black olives
- Italian sausage, ham, chicken, Canadian bacon, breakfast bacon, taco meat
How do I make a sheet pan sausage and caramelized onion pizza? (scroll down for full printable recipe)
- Brown breakfast sausage
- Take a medium size skillet and saute onions in a little olive oil
- Make pizza dough or buy a pizza dough from the supermarket. Pizza dough recipe is in the post.
- Cook pizza dough for 25-30 minutes, then remove from oven to add toppings.
- Brush pizza sauce on to the pizza dough
- Add cooked breakfast sausage to the pizza
- Add caramelized onion
- Add shredded cheese to the pizza and bake until cheese is completely melted.
What can I do with leftover sheet pan sausage and caramelized onion pizza?
Well, if you have any leftovers, you can place the pizza into an airtight container for 3-4 days. Place a couple of slices into meal prep bowls and take for lunch the next day.
Can sheet pan sausage and caramelized pizza slices be frozen? Yes, I have froze pizza many times. I place the slices into a gallon bag and into the freezer.
- 1 lb of cooked breakfast sausage
- 1 medium onion
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 2 Tbsp olive oil to saute onions
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Make a pizza dough or use a store bought one (pizza dough recipe is in the recipe notes)
- Bake pizza dough at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes
- While pizza dough is baking, brown and crumble a pound of breakfast sausage in a medium size skillet
- Spoon sausage onto a plate with a paper towel to absorb any extra oil
- Add the olive oil to a medium size skillet and turn on medium heat
- Add cut up onions to the olive oil and saute until done. This depends on how done that you like your onions.
- Once pizza dough is baked, add pizza sauce to the dough, cooked sausage, onions and cheese
- Bake until the cheese is completely melted.
Pizza dough recipe:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 (.25 oz) package of active dry yeast
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 + 1/4 cup warm water
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Add ALL INGREDIENTS to a bowl and using your dough hook (standup mixer) mix until combined.
3. Next spray a sheet pan (9in x 13in) with oil and spray hands (to keep dough from sticking to your hands while you spread it out in the pan)
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