Spicy pizza with peppers and salami

Spicy pizza with peppers and salami

By 23/02/2014

A week does not pass without a pizza in sight.

Long gone are the days when as a student I used to buy a last minute packaged pizza from my local supermarket; I would heat it up on top of the radiator and greedily wolf it all down whilst sitting on the floor. It wasn't like my mammas, but hunger mixed with laziness and a certain pizza craving was the perfect cocktail for the cardboard-pizza route.

Although most of the pizzas had the same texture as the carton, there was certainly still lots of pleasure from it and probably the informality of it all that I loved most. This is what being young is all about: you are adaptable, easy and you just basically don't care!

Now, approaching forty and deeply set in my ways pizza has become one of those weekly indispensable customs I feel I would sin if I failed to observe. If you think that making pizza on a weekly basis is a chore then think again. It is like everything else: the more you make the quicker and better you get. And can you imagine how much money you are saving? You can then afford to splash out on good quality ingredients.

Good quality flour in number one: strong bread flour gives in my opinion a fabulous texture to a pizza. It is also very important that the tomato sauce and the mozzarella are both good quality and not too watery; for instance buffalo mozzarella retains lots of water which will result in a soggy pizza.

And after my vegetarian pizza  and  my healthy pizza with rocket and Parmesan  here is a fiery one for you: plenty of colourful chargrilled peppers with spicy salami and a touch of peperoncino (chilly) for a pizza from hell!

  • Prep Time : 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20-25 minutes


Make the pizza dough following the recipe here.

Wash the peppers, remove seeds and filaments and cut them into quarters. Put a griddle pan over a source of heat and when it is very hot lay the peppers on it. Chargrill them until soft for about 10 minutes turning them on both sides

roasting peppers

Spread the tomato sauce (for its density I like passata best) on your pizza base

spreading tomato sauce

Now put the mozzarella on top and sprinkle with dried oregano or a few fresh basil leaves


Now the peppers, the salami slices and a few black olives. Add some chopped chilly peppers if you like.

topping on pizza

Cook the pizza for about 25 minutes until golden. If you lift it with a fork, the base underneath should be crunchy. Then you will know your pizza is cooked. Drizzle with some olive oil with peperoncino (chilly) or ordinary olive oil.

pizza slice

And don't forget a glass of properly chilled beer which always makes the best match with pizza 🙂


pizza salami and peppers

I am entering my pizza into Recipe of the Week with Emily over at A Mummy Too.


The theme for Family Foodies this month of February is Love.  Making pizza for someone you care is certainly loving. So I am entering it to  Eat Your Veg hosted by Louisa and alternately with Vanesther of Bangers & Mash.

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16 Responses to Spicy pizza with peppers and salami

    • Alida

      Thank you Julie!

  1. Jaime Oliver

    wow that looks delicious, we have only attempted pizza once but this looks like one i might be able to do 🙂 thanks for sharing x

  2. gloria

    love this pizza dear!!

  3. Francesca

    Hunger and laziness have seen some really sad meals around here.. this looks deliciiiouusss. Cheers!f

  4. la cucina di Molly

    Buonissima la pizza, anch’io la preparo una volta alla settimana per cena! Mi piace molto la tua variante con i peperoni! Baci!

  5. Diana

    So cute and colorful….

  6. Catherine

    Dear Alida, Homemade pizza is the best.
    It is only limited by your imagination.
    The cost of getting a pizza out is much to much.
    A very delicious pizza.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  7. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Ok, now put it in a box and mail it to Dottie in Long Island! Oh my, this pizza looks and sounds spectacular! Like Catherine said there is nothing like a homemade pizza. Love it. This one has the peppers which I love, olives, pepperoni, and salami. . I also like to see that you just put pieces of cheese (not diced the same size) some bigger than others. I like that.More rustic. Great job and I am sure there was nothing left! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Have a blessed weekend..Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Dottie. We could not skip a week without pizza and yes I buy mozzarella balls which are really nice better than cheese for pizza which is often processed.

  8. Louisa

    Lovely pizza and a fantastic Family Foodies entry, thanks so much for linking up. I used to make homemade pizza once a week but now more like once a month as my kids just aren’t as keen as I am. I have to say it’s my staple go to dinner when I have friends coming round though, such a sociable thing to make and the flavours and toppings are endless!

    • Alida

      You are absolutely right! Pizza is great for socializing and it is always well appreciated by everyone!

  9. Emily @amummytoo

    Beautiful! Lovely choice of ingredients and the way they’re arranged is SO appealing. Thanks for linking up with #recipeoftheweek 🙂 I’ve pinned and tweeted this post and there’s a fresh linky live now. Hope you join in x

    • Alida

      Thank you Emily, I will look into the next linky too!

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