JennifHsieh is a space for my rambling thoughts and snaps of my everyday style. I'm based in Astoria, Queens and I share a home with my two derpy cats and my equally derpy fiancé.

Garlic & Herb Crusted Pizza Recipe

My roommate, Rob, and I tried our hand at baking a pizza the other weekend after we saw some Garlic & Herb pizza dough at Trader Joe's. Personally, I can't resist anything that has garlic in it and you can't go wrong with herbs. Am I right? We piled on as many vegetables as we could find in our fridge, plenty of Mozzarella, and we had a quick and easy way to celebrate the weekend. I used to think making a pizza involved a lot of hard work - turns out, once you've already got the dough, it's a piece of cake! Or, in this case, 8 pieces of pizza! ;)

1 bag of pizza dough
1 cup of chopped onions
1 chopped garlic clove
1 roma tomato
1/2 sweet red pepper
1 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 handful of spinach leaves
1/2 cup of mushrooms
3 basil leaves
1 cup of tomato sauce
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

First, we preheated the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Rob was in charge of the vegetables, so he chopped up some onions and one clove and garlic and simmered them in some olive oil. He also sliced up one roma tomato, some red pepper, and two mushrooms. I'm anti-mushroom so he only covered half the pie with some of those bad boys. I was in charge of the construction of the pizza so I pounded out that dough like a pizza expert (with some flour sprinkled on the surface), evenly poured on the sauce, and very generously scattered the cheese (you can never have too much cheese on pizza). We ripped up some spinach leaves as a finishing touch and then popped our pizza into the oven.

Our only mistake was that we only baked our pizza for 8 minutes, since that's what the packaging suggested. My friend Stephen, who's an epic food blogger, later recommended that we let the pizza bake for at least 15 minutes. Whoops! At least it was still delicious. I think I'll be trying out his pesto pizza recipe next.


  1. What a fun thing to do with friends! It's something different than the always returning cupcake bake parties, haha. The pizza looks and sounds amazing! I wish you had saved a slice for me ^^ x

  2. This looks delicious! I'm hungry all of a sudden hehe. I want to try this recipe too, it's just simple and easy :)

    another day to wander

  3. Making homemade pizza is DA BEST! My mom found this amazing whole grain pizza dough recipe and so I always look forward to it. I love the idea of putting cut up tomatoes on it, though... I actually haven't tried tomatos on my pizza (cept for the sauce, 'course).

  4. Mhmmm homemade pizza
    is so good! I love
    things with garlic c:
    It just make food so
    much better!


  5. You're making me blush! :)
    The pizza looks great! I'll have to bring you some pesto the next time I see you.

  6. This looks so delicious! And pesto pizza also sounds delicious. You should definitely share your results!


  7. nice!! always love a homemade foods from the process till the results~~


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