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Sausage, Caramelized Onion and Kale Pizza

Cozy winter vibes brought to you by this caramelized onion, kale and sausage pizza. Comforting, seasonal winter flavors to enjoy on a frosty night. Pop a cheesy homemade pizza in the oven and cuddle up on the couch with some Netflix. 

Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian, Pizza
Keyword kale pizza, pizza recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 463 kcal
Author betsy


  • 1 lb store-bought pizza dough
  • 1 pound hot Italian Sausage casings removed
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 pound roughly chopped trimmed kale leaves washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Remove pizza dough from fridge 30 minutes before cooking 

  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 

  3. Place a large skillet over medium heat, add a drizzle of olive oil and add the onions. Cook 2-4 minutes until onions begin to soften. Add balsamic vinegar and reduce heat to medium low. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are caramelized and golden brown (about 15-20 minutes). Add garlic and cook 2 more minutes until fragrant. Remove onions from pan. Set aside. 

  4. In the same skillet add another drizzle of olive oil and add the sausages, breaking the sausage into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook until the sausages are cooked through (5 to 7 minutes). Transfer the sausage to a paper towel-lined plate.

  5. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Stretch the dough to desired thickness. 

  6. Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the dough with an even layer of pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella. Bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is beginning to brown and puff, about 6 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl gently massage the kale with a teaspoon of olive oil and the lemon juice. 

  8. Remove partially cooked dough from the oven and add sausage, caramelized onions and kale.

  9. Bake for another 2 minutes or until the kale looks perfectly charred and the crust is cooked to your satisfaction. 

Recipe Notes

For best results preheat a pizza stone when you preheat the oven. Transfer stretched dough to prepared pizza stone using a pizza peel or a wide spatula

Nutrition Facts
Sausage, Caramelized Onion and Kale Pizza
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 463 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 1183mg49%
Potassium 564mg16%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 5985IU120%
Vitamin C 73.3mg89%
Calcium 245mg25%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.