Category Archives: marinara

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Deep Dish Pizza


  • Italian sausage
  • Sauteed onion
  • Sauteed banana pepper
  • Sauteed jalapeno pepper
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara sauce
  • Deep dish pizza dough

Note: I can’t really describe how awesome this pizza was. We couldn’t stop eating it. A special thanks to Matt for the cast iron skillet!


Zucchini, Mushroom, Pepper, Spinach Pizza Recipe

Zucchini, Mushroom, Pepper, Spinach Pizza


  • Zucchini
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Baby bell peppers
  • Baby spinach
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara sauce
  • Homemade pizza dough

Notes: I made this pizza for my Aunt Bev when she was visiting from Australia. She wanted a healthy pizza and that’s just what she got. It was light, summery, and fresh.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Deep Dish Pizza


  • Italian sausage
  • Sauteed green pepper and onion
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Marinara sauce
  • Homemade deep dish dough made with cornmeal


This was a special pizza. My brother-in-law, Matt, gave me a cast iron skillet for my birthday. I have been a little too intimidated to try using it myself so he offered to come do a cast iron deep dish pizza lesson. It was super easy to make and so much more delicious than my old method. The cast iron skillet cooks the dough to perfection, crispy on the outside, soft but not mushy on the inside. The cheese melted beautifully and stretched out into long strings. The ingredients tasted much more flavorful. Andrew and I agreed that we will be making many more cast iron deep dish pizzas in the future.

Sausage and Leek Pizza Recipe

Sausage and Leak Pizza

I didn’t have any big ideas for a pizza this week so I looked to my freezer for inspiration. There was a bag of frozen leeks that I knew would compliment the Italian sausage patties I found in the downstairs freezer. Andrew grilled the sausage while I sauteed the leeks. I spread some marinara and a generous portion of mozzarella cheese before topping the pizza with sausage and leeks. This was a really simple pizza, but very good!

Steak, Peppers, Onions Pizza Recipe

Last summer I created a delicious grilled steak pizza. I was reminded of it while Andrew was grilling steaks for dinner one night, and quickly convinced Andrew to save some steak for a repeat of that delicious pizza.

I marinated the steaks in a similar homemade teriyaki marinade that I used last summer. It consists of soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, olive oil and minced garlic. This marinade is super easy to make and tastes fantastic on beef or chicken. After snatching some steak from the grill I sliced it into bite sized pieces, along with peppers and onions. Andrew has been craving pepper jack cheese lately and I thought it would go great on this pizza. I threw everything on top of a layer of marinara sauce, then baked it for about 10 minutes.

Pepper jack cheese was definitely the right choice for my Steak, Peppers and Onion pizza recipe. The kick of the cheese complimented the juicy, savory flavors of the teriyaki sauce on the steak. Another great summer steak pizza has joined the list!

Grilled Sausage and Kale Pizza Recipe

One of the things Andrew and I look forward to eating in the summer is Italian sausage, topped with peppers and onions from the grill. While cleaning out the freezer this afternoon I found two sausage patties and some frozen kale. So, in place of peppers and onions (see Pizza #23 Fuggetaboutit Pizza) I decided to make a sausage and kale pizza.

First, I chopped the kale and sliced the onion, then sprayed them with a light coating of olive oil spray. Andrew grilled the veggies along with the Italian sausage, while I rolled out the dough. I sprayed one side of the dough, then laid it on my grill pan. We let the dough cook for four minutes, then flipped it. Next we added the toppings. I spread on marinara, sprinkled on mozzarella cheese, then Andrew added chopped Italian sausage, the kale and onion. We let it cook for about five more minutes, then brought it to the top shelf under the grill in order to let the cheese melt. The sausage tasted great with the kale and onions. This pizza was another success!

Virginia Ham Pizza Recipe

Smithfield, VA

Hams have been cured in Smithfield, Virginia for over two centuries. The colonial town founded in 1752 is home to the Smithfield Packing Company and is known as the “Ham Capital of the World.” Only ham cured, treated, smoked, and processed in the town of Smithfield can carry the name “Smithfield Ham.”

smithfield hamI like to prepare a nice Smithfield Ham on occasion and really enjoy it with a side of broccoli. This got me thinking that a ham and broccoli would make a good pizza so I gave it a shot. I heated a small brown sugar cured ham in the oven and then sliced and diced it into bite sized pieces. Next, I spread marinara sauce onto the pre-baked dough, then sprinkled on cheddar cheese and steamed broccoli.

The ham was tender and the broccoli was cooked just right. I wasn’t sure how I would like ham and marinara sauce together, but with the cheddar cheese and broccoli to accompany it, the pizza turned out delicious!