Lightened up Deep-Dish Pizza


  • 2  teaspoons  sugar
  • 1  package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1  cup  warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1  tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12.38  ounces  all-purpose flour (about 2 3/4 cups), divided
  • 1/4  cup  yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 2  cups  (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2  precooked mild Italian chicken sausages (about 6 ounces), casings removed, chopped
  • 1  (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  chopped fresh basil
  • 2  cups  thinly sliced mushrooms (about 6 ounces)
  • 3/4  cup  chopped green bell pepper
  • 3/4  cup  chopped red bell pepper


1. Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in olive oil.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 11.25 ounces (about 2 1/2 cups) flour, cornmeal, and salt in a bowl. Stir flour mixture into yeast mixture until dough forms a ball. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky).

3. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Roll dough into an 11 x 15–inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Place dough in a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; press dough up sides of dish. Spread 1 1/2 cups cheese evenly over dough. Arrange chopped sausage evenly over cheese.

4. Preheat oven to 400°.

5. Chop tomatoes; place in a sieve. Stir in oregano and basil; drain tomato mixture 10 minutes.

6. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add mushrooms to pan; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in bell peppers; cook for 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Arrange vegetables over sausage; spoon tomato mixture evenly over vegetables and sausage. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until crust browns and cheese bubbles. Cool 5 minutes before cutting.

Nutritional Information

Calories:  330
Fat:  9.2g (sat 4.6g,mono 3.2g,poly 1g)
Protein:  17.8g
Carbohydrate:  44g
Fiber:  3.2g
Cholesterol: 31mg
Iron:  3.9mg
Sodium:  365mg
Calcium:  244mg

Via Cooking Light


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