How to make Pizza – Spicy Sausage Topping

This is a great recipe to know if you are the kind of person who likes to be able to whip something up and serve it to family or friends and have them all go “Oooooooh, you made pizza”

Pizza is always seen as something you order in from the professionals so to make it yourself and have it taste as if you’ve just pulled it from a wood-fired oven somewhere deep in the Tuscan hills is something that is way out of the home cook’s reach.

Or is it?

My pizza dough recipe is based on Jamie Oliver’s and is one that has always worked for me but I have altered it to suit my taste just a bit. You may wish to add more sugar or salt depending on your own preference.

You can add, change and experiment with the toppings all you like but I would heartily recommend keeping the passata/garlic combo firmly in place in this recipe. It gives the pizza a great base for you to get started with.

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Servings 4 Pizzas


  • Food mixer with dough hook


Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

  • 500 g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 7g Sachet Easy Bake Quick Action Yeast
  • 300 ml Warm Water (luke warm not hot)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Spicy Sausage Pizza Topping

  • 3 Large Sausages (flavour of your choice)
  • 1 Large Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Tsp Dried Red Chilli Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper (season to taste)
  • 3 Tbsp Passata
  • 1 Tsp Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Ball Mozarella (1 ball per pizza)
  • 3 Cherry Tomatoes (3, sliced, per pizza)
  • 1 tsp Capers (1 tsp per pizza)
  • 1 Artichoke Heart (1, sliced, per pizza)
  • Fresh Basil Leaves


How To Make Homemade Pizza Dough

  • Put the yeast and the water in to a bowl and mix together
  • Sieve the flour, salt and sugar in to a bowl and mix. If you're using a mixer attach the dough hook and mix together.
  • Mix the yeast and water together according to instructions on the yeast packet.
  • Pour the olive oil and the yeast/water mixture to the bowl with the flour in it and began to mix slowly, folding the flour in on itself if you are kneading by hand. If you are using a mixer/dough hook the kneading process took approx 7 mins until it was nice and stretchy. If you are doing this by hand make a well in the sifted flour/sugar/salt mixture and slowly add the wet ingredients to the middle of the well. Folding all of the ingredients in to one another until mixed and then knead until stretchy.
  • When you have finished kneading the dough sprinkle some flour on to the top of the dough ball and either keep it in the mixer bowl or place it in to a new bowl if kneading by hand. Cover it with a damp tea towel and put it in a warm place for an hour or until doubles in size. The reason for sprinkling the flour on top of the dough is to stop it from sticking to the tea towel as the dough rises.
  • Once it’s risen remove it from the bowl and knead it further for a few more minutes on a floured surface. Then divide the dough in to four pieces and roll out to a size and thickness you prefer for your pizza.
  • If you're not ready to make your pizza just yet you can wrap the dough in cling-film and keep until later.

How To Make The Spicy Sausage Topping

  • Pre heat your oven to 190c
  • Squeeze the sausage meat from the skins and gently fry until the the meat is brown and cooked but not burnt. Set aside.
  • Mix three tablespoons of passata with one teaspoon of minced garlic and spread this mixture all over the uncooked pizza base
  • Place one sliced ball of Mozzarella evenly over the base on top of the passata mixture
  • Sprinkle on the sausage meat topping
  • Add whatever else takes your fancy. I added sliced cherry tomatoes, capers, sliced artichoke hearts.
  • Cook for eight to ten minutes or on the floor of the AGA roasting oven depending on your cooker. Ensure that the cheese has melted and that the base is firm before removing
  • Add fresh basil leaves to the top of the pizza once it's cooked.

Homemade pizza is great for supper, birthdays, watching the rugby with or taking on a picnic when the weather is warmer. But most of all homemade pizza is great because …. you know what I’m going to say …. because the smell that comes from the oven and fills the house when you’re baking it will have you waiting by the oven door in anticipation of what’s to come.

Do let me know if you try this recipe and feel free to post your own pictures on my Facebook page. I’d love to see them. Huge love, Cx



  1. March 1, 2011 / 10:44 am

    Looks yummy!
    The kids love making their own pizza. We have to watch Ella (3) though because she tries to eat the dough before getting the topping on!
    We haven’t had a pizza night for ages.
    Guess what we’re having tonight!

  2. March 1, 2011 / 10:45 am

    Mmmmm…nosh, nosh…wish I could eat the picture! Looks divine Cherry.

  3. March 1, 2011 / 11:18 am

    That really looks delicious. I never heard of St. Davids day before, but as one of my sons name is David I think we are going to celebrate St. David day this evening with some pizza. Thank you for the recipe.

  4. March 1, 2011 / 11:22 am

    mmm. scrum. I love homemade pizza.

    You have the best Tuesday ever too 🙂 x

  5. jasmine cohen
    March 1, 2011 / 11:28 am

    Looks delicious Cherry. Gorgeous photographs too.


  6. March 1, 2011 / 11:59 am

    oo ive just started a diet and im salivating looking at the pics!!.. home made pizza is one of my faves .

  7. March 1, 2011 / 1:01 pm

    Great minds think alike…I made pizza on the weekend and used Jamie’s recipe too and I blogged about it yesterday! It was my first time making pizza and it definitely will not be my last 🙂
    Wishing you a fantastic Tuesday and first day of March
    Morwenna xo

  8. Roxanne
    March 1, 2011 / 1:20 pm

    Why no piccies of Ned or Anais popping up in the method. A cookery post isn’t the same without their cute, cheeky little faces.

  9. March 1, 2011 / 4:03 pm

    Craving pizza now!!! yummy

  10. claire
    March 1, 2011 / 5:28 pm

    Homemade pizza is my absolute fav! I cook mine on a huge piece of stone and it gives perfect pizzeria results.

  11. March 1, 2011 / 6:12 pm

    Pizza! How on earth do you get the dough to roll out properly? I have a terrible time with it. I’ve watched a lot of youtube videos trying to master it and still it vexes me. These guys are just mesmerizing. If I could have one superficial wish it would be for a wood burning pizza oven in the backyard!

  12. Julia (Austin Texas)
    March 1, 2011 / 6:32 pm

    That sure looks like a yummy pizza Cherry. Healthier looking than Wendy”s!!

    Loved your wedding pictures Post yesterday too. Happy Anniversary.



  13. Amy
    March 1, 2011 / 8:11 pm

    Our family makes individual homemade pizzas about once every two weeks. I put all the toppings on our island, and the kids have fun putting their own together. Ham, pineapple, peppers, onion, sausage, pepperoni, cheese, tomatoes, basil etc…It’s a blast and a fun little memory for us. (I’m a little lazy and use tortillas. They crisp up with a little olive oil added to the pan though.)

  14. Martha Housden
    March 1, 2011 / 9:59 pm

    Homemade Pizza? I love your site. You so need to get your booty over here and have a tv cooking show.


    Martha (NY)

  15. March 4, 2011 / 10:13 am

    Good grief, what a good idea to use the mixer and dough hook. I feel so completely thick and also totally enlightened. Thanks Cherry. I have made pizza for years, always hand kneaded – as I was shown. How ludicrous to not have pulled out my willing helper before .

    Mr Kennnnnwoood, where aaaare you?

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