This time of year is bonkers crazy, and today I am partnering with my friends at al fresco to bring you a quick, easy and tasty weeknight dinner.
Their fully cooked chicken sausage is delicious and versatile making it easy to heat up and pair with pastas, salads, soups or a pizza flatbread like I chose to do.
From October-December is when I start to indulge a bit much, and I get busy with work and life commitments, so when I can eat at home instead of going out and getting take out, I consider that a win for my waistline and wallet (the 2 W’s).
When I can have dinner done (and topped with veggies and lean protein) and on the table in under 30 minutes with only two pans to wash, I consider that a MAJOR win.
This pizza flatbread is easy, comforting and filling. The alfredo sauce, garlic herb butter crust, fresh veggies and tasty al fresco Italian style chicken sausage all work together to create a satisfying, kid-friendly weeknight meal. I mean, who would turn down pizza?
I paired it with a simple side salad with some vinaigrette dressing, but it’s also great as is or even paired with minestrone or tomato soup on a cold night.
Rustic Flatbread Chicken Sausage Pizza
Serves: 3-4 (Makes 8 slices)
- 2 links of al fresco Sweet Italian Style Chicken Sausage
- 1 pizza crust (I used the kind found near the biscuits in the refrigerated section)
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup of garlic alfredo sauce (out of a jar)
- 1/2 cup of baby spinach
- 1/2 cup of baby sweet tomatoes, sliced in half
- Parmesan cheese
- Optional: 1 tbsp of garlic herb butter, melted
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook your al fresco chicken sausage links in a non-stick pan for about 7-9 minutes until fully heated (item is pre-cooked). I like to get a litle char on them for a more intense flavor. Once it’s heated through, slice into rounds.
- While your chicken sausage is cooking, roll out your pizza dough onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Top with alfredo sauce, baby spinach leaves, and mozzarella cheese.
- Add on the chicken sausage and tomatoes to the toppings.
- Brush the crust edges with some garlic herb butter.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes until edges are golden brown and cheese is melted.
- Sprinkle on some parmesan cheese, slice into 8 and enjoy!
The minor addition of the garlic herb butter crust really complements the Italian spices in the chicken sausage and makes it taste gourmet. It’s in the details, y’all.
And I can attest to the fact that this pizza is also tasty the next day. I actually had some marinara I needed to finish up and dunked the pizza in the sauce… absolutely delicious!
You can make this recipe your very own by changing up the sauce, trying a different flavor of al fresco chicken sausage or trying different veggie combinations like mushrooms, artichokes, bell peppers or jalapenos.
Part of the reason I am so stressed is we’re hosting the HOA meeting at our house this Thursday thanks to my darn darling husband, and the sofa saga is still going on, and why can’t this be easier?
I’m also itching to get Christmas decor up, but my knee is still giving me trouble, and this is why easy recipes like rustic flatbread pizza are a staple in my house.
But more on the sofa saga tomorrow…until then, enjoy this tasty recipe from my kitchen to yours!