Easy Dinner Recipe Of The Week ~ SLOW COOKER DEEP DISH PIZZA
- 8 ounces bulk Italian sausage
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup tomato puree
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper
- 1 pound purchased pizza dough
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
- 10-12 pepperoni slices
Brown sausage in a medium pan, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon. Once sausage is about halfway cooked, add onion. Cook until sausage is no longer pink and onion is soft.
Add garlic powder, tomato puree, and Italian seasoning. Simmer until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Place parchment paper and dough into crock pot. Reshape the dough so that it comes 1 inch up the sides. If there is too much excess parchment paper, trim it some. Be sure to leave enough to lift the pizza out of the crock pot.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on the dough. Spread sauce over dough.
Sprinkle Italian cheese blend on top of sauce. Scatter pepperoni on top.
Place several layers of paper towels on top of the crock pot and fit the lid on. Be sure the paper towels are pulled tightly under the lid.
Cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or on LOW for 4 to 6 hours. Be sure to open the crock pot and take a peak shortly before the end of cooking time in case your crock pot runs a little hot. You don't want the bottom of the crust to burn.
Lift the parchment paper to remove the pizza from the crock pot. Slice pizza and serve.