Pear Goat Cheese and Italian Sausage Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Fresh Basil


I’m really starting to get into this whole fruit on pizza thing. I recently posted a Peach and Prosciutto Pizza and I loved it so much it kept me craving more. Pizza is one of my favorite foods and I was starting to get bored with the same tomato, basil, mozza pizza all the time, so I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone and let me tell you, it’s amazing!

Pear Goat Cheese and Italian Sausage Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Fresh Basil | Cooking Classy

It’s kind of like pizza crust is just a blank canvas and you just need to decide what you are going to paint on it. But honestly, we are all obsessed with pizza so why do we keep buying and making the same kinds over and over again? Let’s add in a little pizzazz to these pizzas!

This recipe is just like one I ordered at a restaurant, twice last week. My husband and I loved it so much we went back. But both times they forgot to put one of the main ingredients on my pizza, so forget that, I’m making this thing at home.

If you like flavor, you’ll love this pizza! You can even add a few herbs to the olive oil, for brushing over the pizza dough, for one more layer of flavor. Enjoy!

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Pear Goat Cheese and Italian Sausage Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Fresh Basil

5 from 1 vote

Not your ordinary pizza - this version is brimming with flavor and delicious contrast!

Servings: 5
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 (16 oz) pizza dough, homemade or store bought
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil , divided
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1 1/2 barlett pears , sliced thin
  • 6 oz low-moisture mozzarella cheese , diced into 1/2-inch cubes*
  • 3 oz goat cheese , crumbled
  • 5 oz Italian sausage (good quality), cooked and crumbled as cooking**
  • Yellow corn meal , for dusting
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves , chopped into thin ribbons


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove loose papery outer layers from garlic (the cloves still remain intact), and cut about 1/4-inch from top to expose garlic cloves. Set garlic over a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to well wrap around garlic), drizzle 1 1/2 tsp olive oil evenly over top of garlic, then wrap with foil to enclose. Bake in preheated oven until nearly roasted through (not quite fully because it will continue to roast on pizza), about 28 - 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool, then remove cloves from skins. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees and place an pizza stone in center of oven.
  2. On a large sheet of parchment paper lightly dusted with corn meal (or flour), shape and stretch pizza dough to 12 1/2 inches. Brush top of dough evenly with 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil then sprinkle top evenly with pepper and salt. Layer pears, mozzarella, goat cheese, cooked italian sausage and garlic cloves over pizza. Using a pizza peel, transfer pizza on parchment to hot pizza stone in oven and bake 11 - 14 minutes until crust is golden and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle with basil ribbons. Slice and serve warm.
  3. *I recommend using the kind that comes shaped like a cylinder (not fresh for this recipe though). Part skim or whole.
  4. **I slightly undercooked the sausage as it will continue to cook in the oven. Just make sure it's fully cooked through after baking.
  5. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sausage Pizza
Author: Jaclyn


  • Simone: Hi Jaclyn,
    This recipe sounds amazing! I do have a two-part question for you- pears don’t seem to be listed in the ingredients list- did you use 1 whole pear? Do you have a suggestion for what kind of pear to use, or is it sliced so thinly that the firmness of the fruit is inconsequential? Thanks!
    -Simone September 7, 2014 at 8:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry about that I’m not sure where it went I must have accidentally deleted it. I used about 1 1/2 bartlett pears and sliced them probably just over 1/4-inch. I recommend using a pear that is firm and just about ripe (not quite fully ripened and soft). I hope you try it and love it Simone! September 7, 2014 at 10:05pm Reply

  • Laura | Fork Knife Swoon: I love fruit on pizza – that sweet and savory mix gets me every time. Love the goat cheese + pear combo too. Looks delish! August 30, 2014 at 11:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! August 30, 2014 at 11:59am Reply

  • Megan {Country Cleaver}: I’m 100% behind fruit on pizzas! I made a pear and prosiutto pizza and it was out of this world – I have to try it with pear and sausage NEXT!! And obviously, a boat load of goat cheese! August 26, 2014 at 9:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I never liked fruit pizzas when I was little and now I’m obsessed :)! August 27, 2014 at 11:45am Reply

  • Kate @ Diethood: That is beautiful!!! I am the only one in this house that will do the fruit thing on pizza – so I make a whole pizza for one. Boohooo me …. noT! ;-) August 26, 2014 at 6:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Kate! August 27, 2014 at 11:45am Reply

  • Mira: I love the combination of pear and goat cheese. Would like to try your pizza dough recipe, since I always make it with cold water and let it rise in the fridge. This pizza is gorgeous! August 26, 2014 at 9:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Mira! August 26, 2014 at 2:28pm Reply

  • Julia @Vikalinka: This pizza looks fabulous, I am one of those pear and cheese lovers, especially gorgonzola. I honestly think you can photograph a slice of bread and I will want to eat it. You have such a gift, Jaclyn! August 26, 2014 at 5:17am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for the compliment Julia, that means a lot to me! August 26, 2014 at 9:20am Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Jaclyn, your pizzas are always so gorgeous and perfectly topped! LOVE this! Pinned! August 25, 2014 at 8:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Anna :)! August 26, 2014 at 12:21am Reply

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain: HOORAY for pizza Mondays! Love the goat cheese and pear mixture. Looks amazing!! August 25, 2014 at 7:58pm Reply

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