Heart Shaped Pizza

This heart shaped pizza is made with a homemade deep dish crust and filled with sweet Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, three cheeses & homemade sauce.

Heart Shaped Pizza Recipe

When it comes to Valentine’s Day for this single girl, if I’m going to make something heart-shaped, it’s going to be pizza, because let’s be honest, pizza is the key to my heart 😉

Heart Shaped Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

My best friend & her family own 3 pizzeria’s in the Phoenix, Arizona area, Jimmy & Joe’s, each year they make delicious heart-shaped pizza’s for Valentine’s Day, and each year I watch their Instagram page for the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day craving one of those scrumptious heart-shaped pizzas!

Well, this year, it just so happens that I will be in Phoenix visiting my friends on Valentine’s Day weekend… this trip was totally not planned around a heart shaped pizza… ok maybe it was 😉

Either way, I decided that in addition to having an original JJP heart shaped pizza on Valentine’s Day, I would also re-create my own heart-shaped pizza delight for all of the lovely readers of Little Leopard Book!

Heart Shaped Pizza Recipe

Ever since I began planning a trip to Chicago, I’ve been totally craving deep dish pizza, so I decided to take my favorite deep dish crust recipe and use it for my heart-shaped pizza!

Deep Dish Heart Shaped Pizza Recipe

Now I get to enjoy heart-shaped pizza deliciousness two weeks in a row, this week at home, next week in Arizona!

Deep Dish Heart Shaped Pizza Ingredients

Ingredients

  • deep dish pizza dough (←click link for homemade recipe)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce (←click link for homemade recipe)
  • ½ lb sweet Italian sausage
  • ¼ cup roasted red peppers (diced)
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh mozzarella cheese (sliced)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese (grated)

For this recipe, you can purchase pre-made pizza dough, and sauce, or prepare the dough and sauce at home using the links provided above.

Preheat the oven to 425°.

Begin by cooking the Italian sausage. I used two links of the Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage seen pictured above, removed the sausage from the casing, crumbled and cooked the sausage on the stove top over medium heat for 7-9 minutes.

Italian Sausage Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Once the sausage is cooked through, drain any grease from the sausage.

Press the dough into a 10″ heart shaped pan (which you can find at this link on Amazon for $10 or basically any store that carries Valentine’s Day supplies – grocery stores, Wal Mart, Target, etc.)

Deep Dish Heart Shaped Pizza

Add the sausage and peppers to the crust.

Deep Dish Heart Shaped Pizza

Divide the ricotta and mozzarella across the pizza.

Deep Dish Heart Shaped Pizza

Top with the parmesan cheese, then the sauce.

Deep Dish Heart Shaped Pizza

Place the heart shaped pan on a rimmed baking sheet (just in case any sauce bubbles over) and place into the oven to bake for 30-35 minutes.

Deep Dish Heart Shaped Pizza

Voila! Sweet pizza pie perfection!

Heart Shaped Pizza Recipe

Seriously, if this doesn’t say love, what does?!

Don’t have a heart shaped pan or prefer a thin crust heart-shaped pizza? Use my traditional pizza dough recipe, roll out the dough, divide it in half and roll out one square and one circle, cut the circle in half, place the square at an angle and place one half circle on each of the top sides of the square. Pinch the dough together, roll flat, then add the toppings.

Heart Shaped Pizza Recipe

Whether you prefer thin crust or deep dish, whether you’re single or taken, this heart-shaped pizza will give your heart and tummy something to smile about this Valentine’s Day 🙂

Heart Shaped Pizza Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the sausage, add additional cheese or veggies to make this pizza vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Try this gluten free pizza dough recipe to make a heart-shaped gluten-free pizza.

Heart Shaped Pizza

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1 - 10" heart shaped deep dish pizza

Heart Shaped Pizza

Ingredients

  • deep dish pizza dough
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ lb sweet Italian sausage
  • ¼ cup roasted red peppers (diced)
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh mozzarella cheese (sliced)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese (grated)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. Remove the sausage from the casing, crumble and cook on the stove top over medium heat for 7-9 minutes.
  3. Once the sausage is cooked through, drain any grease from the sausage.
  4. Press the dough into a 10? heart shaped pan.
  5. Add the sausage and peppers to the crust.
  6. Divide the ricotta and mozzarella across the pizza.
  7. Top with the parmesan cheese, then the sauce.
  8. Place the heart shaped pan on a rimmed baking sheet and place into the oven to bake for 30-35 minutes.
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This heart shaped pizza is made with a homemade deep dish crust and filled with sweet Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, three cheeses & homemade sauce!