Wild Mushroom Pizza | CPK Style Wild Mushroom Pizza


Restaurant style pizza at home, yes today I am going to share how to prepare California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) style Wild Mushroom Pizza – a thin crust pizza loaded with different varieties of mushrooms and cheese. Check out the detailed recipe with step-wise pictures and also the alternatives for cheese and mushroom varieties.

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Pesto Pizza

Pesto Pizza with homemade pizza dough

P is for Pizza, precisely Pesto Pizza and it’s my favorite kind of pizza. This is my second recipe from the land of Italy after Focaccia. I love thin crust pizzas and the one that I posted earlier is also a thin crust one and today’s recipe is also a thin crust one. Will you believe me that this pizza is a perfect weekday dinner and it can be prepared within 30 minutes with proper planning? No, I am not kidding, and that’s what I am going to share today, how I planned and prepared this.

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Focaccia Bread with Olives and Rosemary

Focaccia with olives and rosemary

I am going to share a rustic yeast based bread recipe from the land of Italy today. It’s the Focaccia al rosmarino – Focaccia bread with rosemary, and I added olives too. I love the rustic bread they serve as a starter in Italian restaurants. Be it the ciabatta bread or this focaccia; we love it with a generous drizzle of Olive oil and Balsamic vinegar. (I know ciabatta is more for sandwiches) You can serve this focaccia as a starter along with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or you can serve this as a side for soups and stews.

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Veggie Naan Pizza With Paneer

Yayyy it is the weekend, specifically the game weekend. Looking for easy yet exotic meals that can be prepared in a jiffy? Today I am going to present one such recipe which will be party pleaser for sure. Errr.. forget the parties and games, this recipe will surely magnify your dinner table and make your family time more memorable. When east and west meets, this is what you get – Curried Naan Pizza with Paneer. :-)

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Eggless Eggplant Parmesan | Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana or Eggplant Parmesan is one of the classic and unique Italian recipes. It is one of the staple in all the Italian restaurants. It is prepared with shallow or deep fried eggplant or aubergine slices and topped up with cheese and tomato sauce. Today I am presenting this eggless eggplant parmigiana and I am serving this along with spaghetti as they serve in restaurants. So here is the restaurant style, eggplant parmigiana but without eggs.


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Italian Red Sauce With Mushrooms | A Multi-Purpose Sauce

This is a simple multi-purpose Italian Red Sauce, prepared with tomatoes, basil and I added mushroom for the additional flavor. I use this sauce for pastas, spaghetti and as a dip and also for my pizzas. That’s why I am calling it as a multi-purpose sauce. This is a very basic version and you can add different herbs, veggies and prepare this sauce according to your preference. 


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Slow Cooker Mac And Cheese

Mac and Cheese is everyone’s favorite. No one can say no to baked Mac and cheese with crispy breads crumbs and ooey gooey cheese. I have already posted the traditional baked mac and cheese recipe and you can find it here. Today’s recipe differs from the baked mac and cheese in the ingredients used and the cooking process but tastes the same. Here is the slow cooker version of mac and cheese.

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Rotini Casserole With Roasted Veggies


I am not going to post a salad recipe today. It’s the regular pasta recipe with cheese. (Finally huh?)  I wanted to post-Thanksgiving meal recipes last year, but it didn’t happen. Thanksgiving Vegetarian recipes are super simple, and I do prepare a couple of them on day to day basis, and I don’t know what kept me from posting them on my blog. So this year I am starting my Thanksgiving meal ideas and recipes. So today I am starting with the main course recipe and my kiddos favorite – roasted veggie pasta casserole.  Stay tuned for turkey free vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes. 

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Butternut Squash Sauce for Pasta


Fall is here and which means varieties and varieties of squash in market. Regular pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut squash and many more. Pasta is one dish that all kids like and including mine too. We usually add red sauce / Tomato sauce / Marina or the white sauce or Alfredo or Pesto. Kiddo loves colors in his food so alfredo pasta becomes white pasta, pesto pasta becomes green pasta and tomato becomes of course red pasta. So how I do orange pasta now? Obviously with squash :-) I am big lover of this bottle shaped ve  ggie squash. I have posted couple of soup recipes but now its time for the sauce recipe for the pasta. 


My earlier squash/pumpkin recipes.

For this pasta sauce we need to cook butternut squash either in vegetable broth or plain water and puree them. The cook the puree with garlic and other italian herbs. Thats it you are done ! 


Butternut Squash Sauce for Pasta
Butternut Squash sauce for pastas
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
  1. Peeled and chopped Butternut Squash - 2 cups
  2. Water - 2 cups
  3. Salt - 1 tsp
  4. Dried Basil - 1 tsp
  5. Dried Oregano - 1 tsp
  6. Finely minced garlic - 2 tsps.
  7. Olive Oil - 1 tbsp.
  8. Pepper powder - 2 tsps (adjust according to your taste)
  1. Peel and chop the butternut squash into cubes.
  2. Boil the water and add those butternut squash cubes.
  3. Let it cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until they become tender.
  4. Let them cool and puree them.
  5. Now in pan or kadai heat the olive oil.
  6. Once the oil is hot add the minced garlic and cook for a minute.
  7. Now add the squash puree, salt, pepper and the dried herbs.
  8. Mix them well and let it cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  9. Thats it. The pasta sauce is ready.
  10. Mix this with your favorite cooked pasta and enjoy.
  1. Along with minced garlic you can also add onion.
  2. Fresh herbs will be more flavorful. If you can get fresh herbs always go for it.
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