Years ago, when I was poor, I used to buy Dr Oetker’s frozen mozzarella pizza because a) they were cheap; and b) they were tasty. Back then though, they didn’t have ‘suitable for vegetarians’ on the packet and so I was a bad vegetarian and just hoped/assumed that they were.
Now they do have ‘suitable for vegetarians’ on the packet and they’ve just added a new vegetarian pizza to their range – the Ristorante Vegetale.
I haven’t eaten a frozen pizza for years but the Dr Oetker Ristorante Vegetale pizza was just as nice as I remember the mozzarella ones being and the light, crispy base was generously topped with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, peppers, chillies and onions. The Meat Eater said it was the highest quality pizza out of a packet he’s ever had.
Because I had to share my pizza, I served it with garlic bread and jalapeno poppers.
The Dr Oetker range of pizzas have an RRP of £2.79 and can be found in the freezer aisle of ASDA, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
As I was making this dish, I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out as I thought it might be a bit bland. At the first mouthful, I did think it was a bit bland and needed ‘something’ but the more I ate of it, the more I liked it. Very nice indeed.
It’s another dish from the BBC Good Food website, but ignore what it says about being on the table in ten minutes, they are lying.
The ingredients call for 400g penne or macaroni but in the cupboard I had about 80g of macaroni and 140g of conchiglie, so I made up the difference with spaghetti that I snapped into pieces. Also it said to boil the onion but I didn’t like the sound of boiled onion, so I fried it. Another instruction I took no notice of was to grill it; I put it in the oven on about 200C for about ten minutes.
I won’t be blogging next week as I’m off to Naples on Monday to eat pizza for my birthday on Tuesday when apparently my life will be beginning.
But me being a wimp that is too scared to touch the coolest knife set in the world ever, I let The Meat Eater insert them into their holders and we go out and get the worst service in the world ever from my local Indian restaurant and the next day we go out and get the best service in the world ever from a local Italian restaurant (voted Best Pizza In London by Time Out magazine (it’s not, but don’t let that put you off going, it is very nice but the nicest is Mondragone (for pizza anyway Uffizzi may have the touch on pasta))) and later on I decide to be brave and use my new knives while I’m making my weekly soup and so I decide to use the one penetrating his right leg to chop up the vegetables for
Broccoli and yellow pepper soup (serves 5)
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 yellow pepper
How to make it: Melt the butter in a large pan
Add the onion and garlic and fry for a few minutes
Add the stock
Add the broccoli and yellow pepper
Add some nutritional yeast
Add some black pepper
After about 15 minutes, whizz it up with a stick blender and add some brown miso
Don’t cut your fingers off with new knives from the coolest knife set in the world ever