Multipurpose

The pan of sausage, radicchio and burrata pizza is simple and fast -- and pretty enough to bring to the table. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)

Total time: 35 minutes

Servings: 6

Note: Burrata is available at Bristol Farms and Whole Foods stores, Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica and Joan's on Third in Los Angeles.

1/3 pound mild Italian sausage

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

2 heads of Treviso radicchio

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 recipe pizza dough

Freshly ground black pepper

4 ounces fresh burrata, sliced

1. Place a cast-iron pizza pan on the middle rack of the oven and heat to 350 degrees.

2. Remove the sausage from its casing and sauté with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the fennel seeds in a sauté pan over medium heat, breaking apart the sausage as it cooks. Cook until browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

3. Trim the radicchio and cut it into three-fourths inch slices. Toss in a bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil and one-fourth teaspoon kosher salt. Mound the radicchio on the pizza pan in the oven and roast, stirring and turning with a spatula, until it just begins to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Take the pan out, remove the radicchio and set it aside and return the pan to the oven. Turn the oven up to 450 degrees.

4. Brush the prepared pizza dough with the remaining olive oil. Spread the sausage then the radicchio evenly over the pizza. . Grind a little black pepper over the top.

5. Slide the parchment paper with the pizza onto an inverted cookie sheet or peel, then transfer both parchment and pizza to the hot pizza pan. Cook until golden and crispy, about 12 to 16 minutes, rotating it once halfway through (use the parchment to do so). One minute before the pizza is done, add the burrata slices to the pizza in the oven, so that it gets just melted.

6. Remove the pizza from the oven either by pulling out the parchment paper and sliding the pizza back onto the cookie sheet or by taking out the hot pizza pan and placing it on a trivet. Slice and serve hot.

Each serving: 273 calories; 9 grams protein; 23 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 16 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 22 mg. cholesterol; 349 mg. sodium.