Buongiorno!

November 5, 2012

Welcome to the launching of our Parsley, Oregano and Olive Oil blog!  This is a place where Food and Wine are First and where you can share in our most delightful culinary experiences!  My favorite chef will put together some of his favorites from his recipe file, as well as plenty of new additions, for you to try.  My job in all of this is two fold:  taste and type!  I’m very adept at both of those and I look forward to my valuable role in this blogging adventure.  Let’s get started, shall we?

Our first “share” comes in the form of my favorite food – Pizza!  And, believe me, The Chef can whip up a mighty mean pizza!  This one is his:

TOMATO BASIL THIN CRUST PIZZA        

Ready for the Oven!

Ingredients

1 – Boboli or other commercial pre-cooked 12” crust

2-4 second spray of olive oil

¼-cup chopped green bell pepper

¼-cup chopped onion

½ – clove garlic, minced

1  (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes (drained)

1-cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

3 – slices American cheese

1 tablespoon minced basil

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Optional toppings: black olives, artichokes, leftover chicken (use your imagination!)

 

Directions

1.  In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook bell pepper, onion and garlic in oil until tender.  Add the tomatoes, pepper and basil to the pan and simmer for an additional two minutes. Drain the topping on a plate covered with paper towel to remove excess liquid.

2.  Place the crust on a baking sheet.  Tear the American cheese into strips and place on crust and spread the mozzarella cheese evenly over the crust.  Then top the pizza crust with the ingredients in the pan and any optional toppings.

3.  Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes and sprinkle with parmesan cheese (optional).  Extend the time for extra toppings but, careful, don’t burn the crust.

Ready to Eat!

WW Plus Points tally:

Thin Crust- 24 points

Mozzarella Cheese – 8 points

American Cheese – 3 points

Total=35 points (add extra points as needed for additional toppings)

Serves 2 for 18 points per slice

Serves 4 for 9 points per slice

Serves 6 for 6 points per slice

This was a quick and easy prep recipe that proved to be a winner for a spur-of-the-moment dinner!

We hope you will try it and let us know what you think!

Until next time,

Buon Appetito!

The Chef and Me!

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