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Well Seasoned, by Becky Johnson — italian

Pizza Time!

Becky Johnson comfort food Italian pizza

Pizza Time!

Now that the weather is cooling down a bit, it’s a good time to heat up the oven and enjoy some homemade comfort food.  Pizza answers the call and pleases many in my picky family. I usually make several pizzas, and have plenty to carry over to breakfast or the next day’s lunch. The best pizza is made with handmade dough.  Store bought is fine in a pinch, but treat yourself once in a while and make your own. It is empowering knowing what’s in your food, and if you make your own pizza dough, you control what goes into...

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Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

Becky Johnson dressing french italian recipe salad

Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

There are a million different tasty Caesar Salad recipes on the Internet, but many people are curious on how to use my Caesar Salad Dressing Mix.  The blend was designed to make putting together a salad easier for my husband.  With little time or planning, it can be a struggle to eat well.  This blend took the guessing about spices to add. Caesar Salad Dressing 2 teaspoons Home Cook's Pantry Caesar Salad Dressing Mix 1 tablespoon warm water 1 pasteurized egg yolk (you can also use 3/4 cup mayonnaise instead) 1 anchovy fillet (optional) 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese...

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Lasagna

Becky Johnson casserole italian recipe

Lasagna

9 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente 1 tbsp olive oil 1 cup each diced onions, carrots, zucchini 1/2 lb each hamburger meat and Italian sausage, combined thoroughly  2 tbsp Home Cook’s Pantry Italian Seasoning 15 oz ricotta cheese  3 cups shredded Italian blend cheeses  3 cups marinara sauce Preheat oven to 350°. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté vegetables in olive oil, then add meat and Italian Season. Cook until meat is brown. Drain and add marinara; cover and simmer 10 minutes over low heat. In a 9” by 13” baking dish, layer side by side 3 lasagna noodles....

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Italian Meatballs

Becky Johnson Italian meatballs pasta recipe

Italian Meatballs

1 lb ground hamburger meat 1 egg, beaten 1 cup plain breadcrumbs 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 3 tbsp milk 1 tbsp Home Cook’s Pantry Italian Meatball Seasoning 2 tbsp olive oil 24 oz marinara sauce In a mixing bowl, blend together by hand hamburger meat, egg, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, milk and Italian Meatball Seasoning. Form 1-inch meatballs. In a skillet on stove, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Brown meatballs, turning frequently, then cover with marinara sauce. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through. Yields 18-20 meatballs.

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Quick & Delicious Homemade Pasta Sauce

Becky Johnson arrabbiata italian pasta recipe red sauce spaghetti spice

Quick & Delicious Homemade Pasta Sauce

Start by sautéing 1 small diced yellow onion, two cloves of minced garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat for a few minutes.  For traditional gravy, add in 1 pound of hamburger or Italian sausage at this point, then drain when it's browned.  You can also add in diced bell peppers and mushrooms as well. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning and stir well.  Add in 1/2 cup of red wine or any kind of stock -- beef, chicken, or vegetable -- whatever you like.  Bring to a boil for 5 minutes to reduce.  Add in 1 large...

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