Sausage and Pepper Pizza Sandwiches

A bread of crispy, pizza dough surrounds sweet chicken sausage and red bell peppers for an easy, healthy and quick weeknight meal the kids will love.
The kids were crazy for these and they are so easy! Sausage and Pepper Pizza Sandwiches - Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Dinner Recipe

Sausage and Pepper Pizza Sandwiches could also be called the failed calzone. Truth be told, I had started to make calzones with my favorite pizza toppings. I had diligently pressed the seams together, rolled the ends to shut them tight, but the pizza dough would not stay sealed. I was ready to throw the entire baking sheet out the window, when I remembered the delectable “sub sandwiches” our local pizza joint makes. They make bread out of the pizza dough. The pizza dough becomes a little crunchy on the outside, but still light and airy on the inside. Plus an extra bonus to pizza sandwiches, I could fit more filling inside. That did it, sealed the deal. Forget making calzones, I was going to make pizza sandwiches instead. When I was making calzones I could only fit a few measly pieces of red pepper and sausage into the filling. By not needing to seal the dough, I could put more protein, more vegetables in our dinner and fewer carbs. That sounds like the perfect dinner to me.

We must talk about the sauce. This became a controversy in our house. Who knew we could have such passionate opinions about whether the sauce should be in the sandwich or on top of it. I had happened to see an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and the Italian Chef put his sauce on the outside of the calzone. You could see that the sauce caramelized a little, plus it kept the calzone from getting soggy. Well, I thought that was an absolutely brilliant idea. I love the idea of a more robust, caramelized sauce. My daughter, on the other hand, thought it was the worst idea ever. With the look she gave me, you would have thought I had horns growing out of my head. Luckily I had decided to experiment and make some with sauce on top and some with sauce inside. The pizza sandwiches with the sauce on top were everything I had hoped for. The pizza sauce had a more robust, slightly caramelized flavor. It was a great way to dress up store-bought pizza sauce or marinara sauce. Ly, of course. opted for the sauce inside. She is not one to break with tradition.

Try these with your family and see which way you like the sauce better. They are extremely quick to put together which makes them perfect for a weeknight. Use your favorite chicken or turkey sausage. I did use a pre-cooked one for these, yet another time saver. Put Sausage and Pepper Pizza Sandwiches onto heavy rotation for dinner over the summer. It is a healthy dinner the whole family can enjoy.
The kids were crazy for these and they are so easy! Sausage and Pepper Pizza Sandwiches - Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Dinner Recipe

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Sausage and Pepper Pizza Sandwiches

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. whole wheat pizza dough
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp. pizza or Italian seasonings
  • 6 Italian chicken or turkey sausage links, sliced
  • 6 ultra thin slices provolone cheese
  • 12 tbsp. marinara sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°
  2. Divide the pizza dough into six equal portions.
  3. Roll out each portion into a thin circle.
  4. In a medium microwave safe bowl, cook red pepper, mushrooms, onions and oil on high for 5 minutes. Drain all the liquid out.
  5. Divide the vegetables into 6 portions and place on one-half of the pizza dough round.
  6. Top each one with sausage and cheese.
  7. Pull the pizza dough over the sausage and cheese and press dough lightly. Do not seal.
  8. Top pizza dough with marinara sauce.
  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes and serve.
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Happy Healthy Eating,

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Comments

  1. I am all about anything that lets me eat pizza, so I want these for lunch! They look SO good!
  2. These look absolutely incredible. My entire family will absolutely love these pizza sandwiches.
  3. These look delicious! I've had dairy-free calzones on my bucket list for ages, and really need to get on it! I've actually even got some dairy-free provolone waiting to be used up!
  4. Failure can be your friend! Yum!
  5. I'm not sure I'm sold on the sauce on the outside idea, but the pizza sandwiches look delicious!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Ann, My daughter wasn't either but it is amazing how delicious the sauce gets. It tastes like a roasted tomato sauce
  6. I can never get those ends to seal up perfectly so I love the idea of a turning it into a pizza sandwich. I know my family would absolutely love these.
  7. These look delicious! I know my husband, especially, would love them and have pinned to make later, thank you!
  8. How can the kids resist this? So deliciously good! Love it!
  9. Love this recipe!!! So simple, but sounds absolutely delicious...the perfect weekday meal!
  10. I end up with failed calzones every time I try to make them - I don;t know what it is, but they NEVER seal - now I;m going to make pizza sandwiches for sure next time!!-

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