Dining Diaries: Pizza Night!

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I have a theory that on any given day, somewhere on this campus, you can find free pizza. Whether it's a Pizza Prof right here in CHC, a special event, or a weekly meeting of a campus club, there is almost always pizza to be found. Check out the Events Calendar and Campus Pulse to see for yourself!

In college, you'll find pizza everywhere, but on Friday, my friends and I decided to make our own from scratch! We all hung out in my kitchen as we rolled out the dough, chopped up veggies, and grated cheeses. We played Italian music on Spotify, just for fun, until we switched to another upbeat playlist called "Songs to Sing in the Shower." We sang along, chatted, and had the chance to catch up after the first week of classes. Pizza-making is low-stress, improvisational, and collaborative, so it's an awesome group activity and the perfect way to start off the weekend.

It's also great for a college student budget. We each contributed three dollars or so for the grocery shopping, which is way cheaper than a dinner out or delivery. We made a spinach and sausage pizza, and a broccoli and caramelized onion white pizza. They were long gone before we remembered to take a picture, but I promise they were good!

Once the semester starts to get busy, you have to be creative when it comes to making time for friends. Cooking or sharing a meal together is a great way to see everybody. And what better meal than pizza? It's a crowd-pleaser and nobody ever seems to get sick of it. Case in point: On Saturday, the very next day, those same friends and I were hanging out when we realized we were starting to get hungry. "What about Antonio's?" someone suggested. "I could go for a slice of cheese pizza!"

Caramelized Onion and Broccoli Pizza
1 lb. pizza dough, rolled out into a thin circle
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 onions
1 cup chopped broccoli florets
8 oz. ricotta cheese
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. minced fresh garlic
Salt and pepper, and more olive oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over low-medium heat. Slice the two onions into rings and add to the skillet. Cover and cook over low heat for 20–30 minutes, until caramelized. 

Meanwhile, mix ricotta in a large bowl with lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Preheat oven to 450 F. Top the pizza dough with the ricotta mixture and drizzle with olive oil. Top with the broccoli florets, caramelized onion, and then mozzarella cheese. Bake for 15–20 minutes. 

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