Sausage, Pepper and Mushroom Pizza

Omit turkey sausage and add extra veggies for vegetarian version


1 pound prepared pizza dough, preferably organic whole-wheat
6 ounces sweet organic turkey sausage, about 2 large links, casings removed
1 green bell pepper, sliced (add a few slices of red too)
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup prepared marinara or pizza sauce
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, preferably organic


Position oven rack in the lowest position; preheat to 450F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll out or stretch dough on a lightly floured surface to about the size of the baking sheet. Transfer to the baking sheet. Bake until puffed and lightly crisped on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into a medium nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat, breaking up with a spatula or spoon, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Spread sauce evenly over the crust. Top with the sausage, pepper and mushrooms and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until the crust is crispy and golden and the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes.