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Umami Recipe: Deep Dish Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

By March 14, 2014June 29th, 2018Savory Cuisine Corner
Deep dish pizza umami taste

If there is one popular dish that screams umami flavor, it’s a pizza loaded with umami-rich mushrooms, cheese, tomato sauce, and meat. Pizza lovers can be assured they are not alone!

According to Pizza Today magazine, of the “5 billion pizzas consumed worldwide every year, 3 billion are consumed in the United States.” In fact, 93% of Americans eat at least a slice of pizza every month. While ordering pizza from a restaurant is as easy as making a call or ordering online, homemade pizza is quite simple and can be tailored to your specific taste. And your kitchen is sure to smell umami-licious!


Deep Dish Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 .25 oz. package fast-rising active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water 105-110 degrees F
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. Italian sausage casing removed
  • 2/3 cup pizza sauce or red pasta sauce
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. For Dough: Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Mix flour and salt in a food processor. Add yeast mixture and pulse just until moistened. With machine running, pour oil through feed tube and process until dough begins to leave sides of bowl and forms a ball. Take dough out of processor and knead by hand for 1 minute on a lightly floured surface. Place ball of dough in an oiled small bowl, turning to oil top. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 30 minutes or until double in size.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a 10-inch deep dish pizza pan or oven-safe skillet. Press dough along bottom and about 1 inch up sides of skillet to a make raised edge. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. While crust bakes, cook sausage over medium heat in a large skillet for 8 to 10 minutes or until sausage is fully cooked, stirring frequently. Drain off any fat. Set aside until ready to use.
  4. Remove crust from oven and prick any air bubbles with a fork. Spoon pizza sauce over crust, spreading evenly. Top with cooked sausage, mushrooms, and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake pizza for 15 minutes more or until edge of crust is golden and cheese is melted. Cut into 8 wedges to serve.

Recipe Notes

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