Posts Tagged ‘italian’

It’s Friday. Time to eat some pizza slices.I love making and eating homemade pizza, it is always the best. But then, I didn’t wanted the same old round pizza, so decided to do some experiment and ended up with this rectangular pizza.I like trying out different crust recipes, different toppings and different shapes of pizza.

This pizza is so good.  It’s flavorful, colorful, and delicious to the core.What I like the most is the thin, light and crunchy crust which is so incredibly good.

For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup warm water plus 1 tbsp
  • 2  1/4 tsp instant or rapid rise yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp extra light olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano

For the topping:

  • 1  (12 ounce ) can chopped tomatoes, drained and washed
  • 1 jalapeno, deveined and thinly chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra light olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


  • In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water and stir gently to dissolve. Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the 2 tablespoon of olive oil, dried oregano, garlic powder and salt to the yeast-sugar-water mixture.
  • Dump the flour in a large mixing bowl, slowly adding the yeast mixture , knead the dough until smooth and no longer sticky.
  • Shape the dough into a large ball and coat lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Place in a bowl and cover with a damp towel. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size about 1 hour.
  • Brush a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.
  • Punch down the dough and roll in rectangular shape such that it can fit in the sheet pan. Brush the top with olive oil.
  • Cover and let it rise again until slightly puffed about 1 hour or so.
  • Pre heat oven to 500 degree F.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine all the ingredients under topping  except mozzarella cheese and keep aside.
  • Sprinkle the pizzas evenly with grated mozzarella cheese leaving 1/2-inch border on all the sides. Layer tomatoes and jalapeno evenly on the pizza and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle little salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the crust is crisp and the cheeses begin to brown.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Tomato-Jalapeño Thin Crust Pizza

I like to make Italian food especially pastas which is easiest and quickest meal to prepare with flavorful ingredients and rich sauce. This dish with oven-roasted cherry tomatoes along with a healthy portion of shrimp and veggies is perfect for a week night dinner or weekend lunch and warms up nicely for leftovers. The tang of cherry tomatoes really brighten the flavor of the dish. This recipe works well with any shape of pasta.


  • 1 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • To roast the cherry tomatoes, wash and slice it in half and place it on a baking dish cut side up. Drizzle with  olive oil and then sprinkle with kosher salt, pepper. Mix the tomatoes around on the tray with your hands so they’re all coated with the oil.
  • Roast the tomatoes in the oven for 2 hour. Let cool on the baking sheet.  You don’t want the tomatoes to be totally dried up, there should still be some moisture left in them.
  • You can store the tomatoes in a jar or container in the refrigerator for a week. Usually I do this step couple of days ago and use it whenever I want. Make sure to collect all the juices released from the tomatoes.


  • 1/2 lb bow tie pasta (farfalle)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced in big chunks
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced in big chunks
  • 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and devined
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • salt to taste
  • fresh black pepper to taste
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Toss the shrimp with ginger-garlic paste, salt and freshly ground black pepper and keep aside for 4-5 minutes.
  • Warm a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the marinated shrimp in the pan and sauté the shrimp, turning over as needed, until just cooked through. Remove from the skillet with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl. Cover to keep warm.
  • Using the same skillet (do not clean), warm the remaining oil over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions and garlic. Sauté just until the onions are tender about 2-3 minutes. Season lightly with salt,pepper, oregano and red chilli flakes.
  • Add the peppers to the skillet. Continue to cook just until the peppers is crisp tender about 3-4 minutes.If the pan seems too dry, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water and scrape up any browned portions from the pan.
  • Stir in the dried cherry tomatoes, cooked shrimp and stir gently, to bring everything together, and let the mixture cook for 1 minute to bring the liquid in the pan to a boil. Add the cooked pasta, stirring frequently, cook for 1-2 minutes until the pasta is heated through. Taste, and season with black pepper. Add the coriander leaves, and toss to combine.
  • Serve hot.