Pizza and a Movie

My husband and I love pizza, but hate waiting for delivery and don’t always feel like driving to get it. What’s a person to do? I mean, of course it’s obvious — make your own. We made the decision recently to make our own pizza. We are trying to eat healthy and it was a way to choose what we put into our mouths.

We chose fresh and some pre-made ingredients, but you can totally use all fresh. I’ve always liked the bite that fresh spinach gives to pizza so of course we had to have it on our pizza. We also wanted bell peppers, onions (I love onions). The mushrooms and black olives were canned and bought from my local Food Lion store.

I preferred Boboli because the crust was thick, which is the kind of crust we like and it was available at grocery store. I bought the Inspirations Neapolitan pizza sauce on sale. It was a closeout item and only cost me 78 cents. I bought two jars.

An array of ingredients like fresh spinach, mushrooms and peppers make a great at-home pizza. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

An array of ingredients like fresh spinach, mushrooms and peppers make a great at-home pizza.
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We chose a pizza cheese blend and a pre-made pizza crust that only took 10 minutes to bake. The only effort really was chopping the vegetables.

Chopped onions and peppers make a great addition to at-home pizza. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Chopped onions and peppers make a great addition to at-home pizza. We chose canned mushrooms and olives.
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We sprayed olive oil on the crust before spreading the sauce. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

We sprayed olive oil on the crust before spreading the sauce. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Creating a family pizza night doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. We made two pizzas and had plenty of leftover sauce for two more pizzas later in the week.  We had a couple of slices and watched a great movie on Netflix.

The ingredients are fresh and pre-made to create one delish pizza. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

The ingredients are fresh and pre-made to create one delish pizza.
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Broccoli, Potatoes and Jonas

When you are hunkered down because of a snowpocalypse aka Winter Storm Jonas there’s nothing better than a bowl of yummy soup. So since I knew the weather would be pretty bad I planned to try out a potato and broccoli recipe that I’d been eyeing on Yummly.

If you don’t know what Yummly is then you are definitely missing out. It’s a free site that is a collection of recipes all in one place. It’s sorta like Pinterest in that the pictures, in this case, recipes, take you to the original site. When you want to add a recipe to your collection it’s considered a yum. I’m new to the site and unlike Pinterest I haven’t gone ham yet and yummed thousands of recipes, but there is still time. I’ve downloaded the app and have over 160 yums. I use the app when I’m in the grocery store and have only a few minutes to come up with dinner. I search for food combinations or dishes or you can even type in random items like chicken, vegetables and cheese and lo and behold — recipes appear.

So I chose to re-create a broccoli and potato soup because honestly because I had most of the ingredients.
I took a page from Cooking Classy who had the original recipe. I took several liberties and made this recipe my own. And if you know me and know how I cook then you know I very rarely measure. So I’ve linked the original recipe from Cooking Classy’s Cheesy Vegetable Chowder.

But first… let me tell you what I did differently. The ingredients I used are mostly the same, but the amounts are different. Here is what I did and in honor of Winter Storm Jonas I’m calling it:

Jonas Broccoli Potato Soup

Ingredients

• 3 TBS butter

• 2 medium carrots peeled, chopped

• 2 stalks celery, chopped

• 1/2 cup onion

• 2 TBS minced garlic, jar

• 4 cups chicken broth

• 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped

• 1/4 tsp dried thyme

• salt and pepper to taste

• 2 cups of milk (I used 2%)

• 1 TBS cornstarch with 1/4 cup of milk (I had no heavy cream)

• Campbell’s Broccoli Soup

• frozen broccoli pieces

Directions

I chopped all of the veggies. Sauteed the onions, celery and carrots in some butter and let it cook until the onions turned transparent. I added in my garlic and stirred some more.

I chopped some celery, carrots, onions and potatoes for the base of my soup. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

I chopped some celery, carrots, onions and potatoes for the base of my soup.    https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Slowly added the chicken broth, thyme, salt and pepper.

 

Stir all the ingredients together and let it boil. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Stir all the ingredients together and let it boil.
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Place a lid on it and bring the veggies to a boil for about 15 minutes. I added in my potatoes and broccoli at the same time and let it continue to boil. I then put in my version of heavy cream, which was whisked until thicker.

Add in the cream, cheese and give the soup a stir. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Add in the cream, cheese and give the soup a stir. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

In a separate saucepan I mixed butter and flour, whisking until it became the consistency of mashed potatoes. I then added this roux to the pot as thickener. To give it a creamy texture I added the can of broccoli soup. I let it simmer and topped it with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Soup's on: Enjoy with some crackers and a buttery yeast roll. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Soup’s on: Enjoy with some crackers and a buttery yeast roll.
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What’s your favorite soup when it’s cold outside? Share your go-to recipes with me via instagram, twitter or facebook.