Hearty Sausage and Kale Pesto Pizza in a cast-iron skillet next to a brown and white towel

Hearty Sausage and Kale Pesto Pizza

Try a healthier take on pizza with this delicious and hearty sausage pizza that uses a kale pesto sauce topped with onions and cheese.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword kale, pesto, pizza, sausage
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 527kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch



  • 1 pizza crust whole-wheat
  • 1 lb sausage
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion sliced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Preheat the oven to 450F or 500F (whichever your skillet can handle)
  • Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink
  • Meanwhile, cut the onion into thin slices
  • Remove the sausage from the pan and place on a towel-lined plate
  • Without cleaning the pan, add two tablespoons of oil, the sliced onions, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Cook the onions for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until brown and softened then remove from the heat
  • In a food processor, combine the kale, basil, parmesan, garlic, 2 tablespoons of oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until smooth
  • Heat an oven-safe 12-inch skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes
  • Add 1 tablespoon of oil and cornmeal and swirl to coat the pan
  • Stretch the dough over the pan to cover the bottom and sides of the pan
  • Cook dough over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes until the dough starts to bubble
  • Quickly spread the pesto on the dough, then top with the cooked sausage, onions, mozzarella cheese, and crushed red pepper
  • Brush any exposed crust edges with oil
  • Place the entire skillet in the oven and bake for about 12-15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese has melted


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1193mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1120IU | Vitamin C: 12.7mg | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 2.5mg