“ Brand: Waitrose / Type: Pizza „
When I know I have a busy week ahead of me, I will sometimes buy a ready-made pizza for my husband and I to share for dinner. Faced with such a week last week, I threw this Mushroom & Marscapone pizza in my trolley, and we had it for dinner last Thursday night, as we have done several times before. In the past, we have followed the directions religiously - 220 degrees Celsius for 13 minutes exactly. This resulted in a very 'crisp' (read: burnt) pizza - the marscapone was blackened and virtually indistinguishable from the mushrooms, and the crusts were inedible. Having bought the pizza since, we have modified the directions somewhat - we now cook it at 200 degrees for 10 minutes, then checking it and gauging how much longer it needs to cook from then. We also drizzle some olive oil on top, which really kick-starts the taste of the marscapone and the mushrooms, plus stops it from burning - the crust is quite thin, which is why I think it burnt the first time we cooked it. This pizza is a great weeknight dinner option for two hungry people (or three normal people, as the serving size is for 3), but make sure you have a great salad on the side!
I brought this pizza a few weeks ago when I was feeling flush and did some shopping in Waitrose, it's a vegetarian pizza and is a thick base with tomato sauce then topped with mushrooms, cheddar cheese, mozzarella and mascarpone. The pizza only takes 10 mins to cook in the oven and you can freeze it to use another day, that's handy if you ever see these pizzas on special offer because their full price of nearly £6.00 is a bit expensive. I'm always a bit funny about mushrooms on pizza because there is usually either waaaaaay too many of them or they're slimey and not cooked very well. On this pizza though they're perfect and taste big time fresh, they're cooked so that they're soft but are deffo not overcooked because they're not slimey at all and are yummy! The base is one of the best I've tasted on a shop brought pizza, it's deep pan but isn't stodgy at all and is mega soft and airy. I love the feel of the base because it kind of melts in your mouth as you eat the pizza, it's nice to eat this one with a knife and fork instead of cutting it into wedges and picking it up with your hands. The tomato sauce is gorgeous, it's rich and proper tomatoey tasting. It's got a bit of a herby taste and I had to look on the box to see what it was, it turned out it was a sprinkling of sage and I think that went delish with the mushroom and helped bring the flavours out better. The cheese is perfect, the mix of cheddar and mozzarella gives the pizza a yummy rich taste and the mascarpone melts down to like a creamy texture and it's GORGEOUS. I think all the flavours in this pizza go proper nice together and I can see why Waitrose charge so much for it because it's brill quality and sooooo madly tasty. I think this pizza is very filling, some pizzas I can wolf down more or less a whole one but this one filled me up big time and after a couple of small slices I couldn't eat any more. I think some of this is down to how thick the base is, but also the richness of the toppings has got something to do with it. Recommended.... I'll deffo buy this pizza again when I can afford to go back to Waitrose!!! lol