Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza with Sausage & Kale


A piping-hot cast-iron skillet turns pizza dough into a puffy, crisp-bottomed crust (similar to focaccia). If you have children, let them help make this easy pizza recipe: While you cook the sausage, have the kids tear up the kale--no knife required!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
1 pizza


  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 6 ounces (about 2 links) sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 2 cups kale, torn into bite-size pieces

  • 1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon cornmeal

  • 6 tablespoons drained fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella


  1. Place a 12-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven; preheat to 500 degrees F.

  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Toss kale in a medium bowl with 1 teaspoon oil. Stretch dough into a 12-inch circle.

  4. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle cornmeal into it. Carefully place the dough in the pan. Spread tomatoes over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Top with half the cheese, half the sausage and half the kale. Repeat with the remaining cheese, sausage and kale. Brush the edge of the dough with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil.

  5. Bake until the bottom of the pizza is crisp and the cheese is starting to brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

429 Calories
19g Fat
49g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 429
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Vitamin A 1130IU 23%
Vitamin C 14mg 15%
Folate 21mcg 5%
Sodium 787mg 34%
Calcium 224mg 17%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 17mg 4%
Potassium 177mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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