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3 Cheese Italian Sausage Bread

Course Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian Inspired
Keyword 3-cheese-Italian-bread, Italian-sausage-bread
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rest time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 18 slices
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 lb spicy or mild ground Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 medium medium onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes adjust to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped Italian fresh parsley
  • salt to taste
  • Dough :
  • 3 1/2 cup all-purpose or bread flour (Plus additional for kneading) divided
  • 2 (1/4 oz) packages *Fleischmann's pizza crust yeast
  • 1 1/3 cup warm water or milk [115°F]
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded provolone cheese divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese divided
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1 large egg beaten


  • To make the filling: In a large skillet over medium-high heat cook Italian sausage and onion in a couple of drizzles of olive oil. Cook until no pink remains then, drain any excess fat from the pan.
  • Add minced garlic, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Taste and add salt to your personal taste.
  • Remove from skillet from heat mixing in Italian parsley. Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • To make the pizza dough: Divide the flour. placing 2 1/2 cups in a medium-size mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, add 1 cup of flour, yeast, sugar, salt and olive oil. Add warm water. mixing until fully combined and the yeast has dissolved.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the flour in the other mixing bowl. Mix together with a large silicone spatula until fully combined. The dough will be sticky.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface turning to coat with flour until it's not sticky.
  • Knead for 3-4 minutes adding flour as needed. [not to exceed 1/2-3/4 cup total]
  • Flatten the pizza dough pressing to roughly a 14 x 19-inch rectangle.
  • Sprinkle dough with 1/2 shredded cheeses (equal parts) over dough then top with cooked sausage leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Brush the border with the beaten egg wash.
  • Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese and 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese. Begin to roll from the widest side. (Don't panic if the dough tears, it will repair itself when baking and the cheese will act as a tasty glue.)
  • Place seam side down on the baking sheet, shape and tuck the ends under to seal.
  • Brush the top and sides with melted butter, and sprinkling remaining Parmesan cheese.
  • Reserve some butter to brush on top after removing from the oven.
  • Bake at 400° F for 30-35 minutes or until golden. Rest for at least 15 minutes on the counter before cutting.
  • Slice into 1-inch slices, and serve as is or with pizza sauce or cheese for dipping.