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Sausage and Pineapple French Bread Pizza | Instead of making pizza dough, French bread can also be great for pizza. This version hits all the right notes, savory, sweet & tangy. #frenchbreadpizza #pizza #baked #pizzasauce #cheese #pineapple #sausage #dinner #dinnerrecipe #easyrecipe #weeknightrecipe | The Missing Lokness

Sausage and Pineapple French Bread Pizza

Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword easy pizza, easy recipe, French bread pizza, pizza sauce, sausage and pineapple pizza, weeknight dinner
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Lokness


  • 6 ounces mild Italian sausage (removed casing and roll into ½-inch balls)
  • ½ loaf French bread (halved lengthwise)
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce (recipe followed)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple (pat dried and cut into ¼-inch pieces)
  • Olive oil

Pizza Sauce:

  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes (28 ounce)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced and smashed)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • 1 medium yellow onion (peeled and cut in halves)
  • 2 large sprigs fresh basil (stems with leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • For the pizza sauce, first process the canned tomatoes in a food processor or a blender until almost smooth but still with a little pulp, think apple sauce. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add olive oil and butter. When the butter is melted, add garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt. Cook until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add canned tomato, onion, basil and sugar. Bring to a simmer and reduce to low heat. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 1 hour. Adjusting the taste with salt and sugar. Set aside to cool before use.
  • For the French bread pizza, place the oven rack 1 above center. Preheat the oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, warm ½ tablespoon olive oil. Add the sausage balls and sauté until cooked through and started to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.
  • Place the bread cut side up on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly toast in the oven for 4 minutes. Remove from oven and scoop some pizza sauce on the bread. Cover the whole bread (cut side) with a good layer of sauce. Then sprinkle the cheese over. Again, cover the whole thing. Next, pack as much pineapple and sausage as you can. Sprinkle with a little more dried oregano. Bake in the oven for 12 – 14 minutes until cheese is melted and the sausage is nicely browned.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to a cutting board. Cool for a few minutes before cutting them into thick slices. Serve immediately.


  1. French bread is pretty soft, which is perfect because it will be baked again in the oven 2 more times. When it’s done, it is soft inside with a very thin crust on the outside. Baguette is too hard for this. It will be very difficult to eat.
  2. For the pineapple, I like using fresh ones. I think it’s less sweet and a little tart. I didn’t get a whole pineapple, instead I got the ones that are already cut and store in a little tub. It’s much easier and I don’t have to finish a whole pineapple.
  3. Leftover pizza sauce can be store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  4. If you don’t have time to make your own pizza sauce, get one from store.
  5. Feel free to switch out to any toppings you like.
(Pizza sauce recipe adapted from Serious Eats)