Cheddar and Swiss-style cheeses – as well as the Italian grating cheeses – are potent flavourings, even in modest amounts, so are especially good for cooking. They offer quality protein and – along with the melting cheeses like mozzarella – are rich in calcium.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 red capsicum, thinly sliced
1 green capsicum, thinly sliced
250g mushrooms, sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 purchased pizza base (30cm)
1/4 cup tomato pasta sauce
250g mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
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Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over moderate heat. Add the capsicums and cook for 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add the mushrooms, oregano and a pinch of salt, then cook for 4 minutes or until the mushroom liquid has evaporated. Put aside.
Preheat the oven to 220°C. Spray a baking tray with cooking spray. Place the pizza base on the prepared tray. Spoon the tomato sauce over the pizza base then top with the capsicum mixture, the mozzarella and a little pepper. Bake the pizza for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the crust is browned.
Did you know?
A high intake of calcium, especially during childhood and adolescence, can reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition where bones become brittle and weak. The calcium in cheese (and other dairy products) is more easily absorbed than calcium in other foods.