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Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza

Homemade pizza crust cooked in a cast iron skillet. Topped with pesto, sweet Italian chicken sausage, strawberries, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic reduction. You will never purchase another pizza crust.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 287kcal



  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/4 ounce packet instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning


  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 2 links sweet Italian chicken sausage
  • 5 large strawberries cut into small slices
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ~1/4 cup fresh basil
  • Balsamic reduction



  • In a small bowl, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add flour, salt, olive oil and Italian seasoning. Use a mixer with dough hook and beat until dough turns into a ball.
  • Grease inside of a small bowl. Roll ball of dough in bowl. Cover with dish towel and let rise for 1 hour.
  • After the hour, punch down dough and kneed 5-6 times. Cut dough in half. You can freeze or refrigerate other half of dough if not making two pizzas.


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread dough from side to side in the bottom of a cast iron skillet.
  • Spread pesto over dough.
  • Place strawberries even on top of pesto.
  • In a small pan over medium-high heat, brown chicken sausage. Spread the cooked chicken evenly over the pizza.
  • Follow with mozzarella cheese.
  • Place skillet and oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.
  • Spread fresh basil and drizzle balsamic reduction over top of pizza.


If you do not have balsamic reduction, you can make your own by bringing 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar to a boil, then reducing to low and letting it simmer for 10 minutes.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1.8mg