Mom’s Night In- Pizza

Happy Friday everyone! I had an awesome first week with my 6th graders! They are amazing; smart, sweet, and full of enthusiasm! Love each and every one! My school is pretty amazing this year, and I am glad to be back to work. I LOVE having my summer (June and July only) to spend with my girls, but I do love teaching and making a difference in my students’ lives.

My dad picked up the girls from school and took them on a surprise sleepover! My hubby is working late. I am chilling with Brutus (my dog, duh!) and my kitties and eating pizza, drinking wine, and catching up on my shows.

I ordered a small thin crust “White Pizza” with tomatoes, black olives, feta and bacon. Pretty amazing combo! I have a few pieces leftover for another day.


Baked Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce

Hey guys! Gymnastics tonight, so I made an easy semi-homemade baked lasagna with a pork and beef Bolognese Sauce. So easy and delicious. Here is the simple recipe. Happy eating!

Baked Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
Your favorite jar of plain marinara
red wine- a couple of glugs
a handful of fresh herbs- I used basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, and marjoram
lasagna noodles
cheese… see below

Preheat oven to 350.
Using a large saucepan, heat oil, saute’ onion and garlic until onion becomes translucent, about 4 minutes. Add your meat and lightly brown while occasionally stirring. Mix in your jar of marinara, wine, and fresh herbs. Simmer over medium heat. Let cook for 15-20 minutes.

While your sauce cooks, boil a large pot of salted water and cook your lasagna noodles. Spray a oven safe casserole dish. Once pasta is drained and cooled, place alternating layers of your Bolognese Sauce, noodles, and mozzarella cheese. My husband hates ricotta, so I just used all mozarella. BUT if this was just for me, I would make a combo cheese mixture of mozzarella, ricotta, and parmesan. About 3/4 cup of each, more if you deem necessary. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until your cheese is all melty and starting to brown on top!

A side of delicious bruschetta…here is how I did it…
Toast some baguette. Spread on some garlic. Add tomato, cheese, and thinly cut basil. Broil until cheese is melty and starting to bubble.




Margarita Naan Pizza

I have been looking forward to this night way too much. I knew my husband had to work late. I knew the grandparents were picking the kids up and taking them to dinner. I knew my Thursday afternoon schedule was finally back to normal. What does this mean? Mama has the whole house to herself for at least 2 hours! My plan was simple. Leave work. Stop and buy a bottle of wine (I ran out Monday when one of my besties from college helped me polish off my last bottle of Pinot Grigio). Come home and create a yummy pizza with ingredients already in my fridge. Drink said wine while cooking said pizza. Drink said wine while eating said pizza while watching TV in more than normal amounts. SILENCE IS GOLDEN!

Margarita Naan Pizza- so simple…1 piece of Naan bread, a tablespoon of my leftover sauce minus the meatballs (you can totally use a shortcut and buy your favorite homemade sauce), sliced mozzarella cheese, fresh basil. Cook at 500 for 10 minutes. Then I turned the oven to high broil with the oven door open for 5 minutes. Perfection!






Stove Top Lasagna and Bruschetta

Last weekend, I was watching The Kitchen, a show that comes on the Food Network. It is kinda like The Chew, but only comes on Saturdays. Sunny Anderson is one of the TV chef personalities, and she was making this stove top lasagna. It looked so easy and delicious, I thought I would make it the next time lasagna was on the menu. I made this kind of from what I remember, so it is not exactly the same as hers. Here is the link to her original recipe.
Here is how I made it…

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 chopped onion
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning and fresh herbs- next time I will add more
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound ground beef
One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 container of mushrooms
1 to 2 cups beef stock
8 par-cooked lasagna sheets, broken into shards- I also added the end of a box of penne.
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese

You need a large pan with a lid that is also oven safe. I used a circular dutch oven. Add the olive oil on medium-high heat. When the oil begins to swirl around in the pan a bit, add onions, mushrooms, Italian seasoning, a little salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the onions become translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and garlic. Stir for a couple of minutes.

Add the beef to the pan. Cook while breaking up with a wooden spoon until cooked through and browned, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir. Add the stock to cover the contents by almost an inch. Bring the pan to a boil then add the broken lasagna sheets. Make sure you cover the pasta with the liquid. Cover the pot, lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the lasagna noodles are al dente, about 8-10 minutes. I uncovered it and stirred it around every few minutes to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.

Once it is done, stir in the Parmesan cheese. The spread the mozzarella all over the top. Turn the oven on low broil. Put the pot in the oven and keep the door a jar a bit. Keep an eye on it and take it out when the cheese is melty and brown. YUM!



Of course I didn’t forget about the Bruchetta! Make this before you put your lasagna in the oven for a nice appetizer to munch on while you sip some wine and wait for dinner to be ready. Lots of different ways to make this- what kind of bread are you going to use; are you going to toast it first or toast the ingredients on it; what kind of toppings are you going to add etc.

I made mine pretty in a pretty basic way- Cut open some bread, minced some garlic and put it on the bread first, then add slices of a tomato, mozzarella, and top with some thinly sliced basil leaves. Put in the oven on low broil until cheese is melted. Perfect with a glass of Malbec!010



Pizza Night 1/31/14

Happy Friday, y’all! So tonight we made pizza for dinner. It was perfect and delicious. We used Boboli already made, homemade pizza sauce ( from the oven, and our own fave ingredients to top it off; mushrooms, black olives, pepperonis, and leftover steak (from leftover steak kabobs like these… Of course, we cannot forget fresh grated mozzarella! These are the before pics, but too many hungry munchkins made me forget to take the after pictures! Family made pizza is always better than take-out!



Pizza Night!

So the government is still shut down and my poor husband has been stuck at home and out of a job now for 2 weeks. Today I think he was finally pushed over the breaking point. He finished laundry and all of the folding, but not the putting away part. He actually cleaned out the dishwasher!!!! Can you believe it???? The dishwasher is his household arch-nemesis! Then he went to the store to buy ingredients to make pizza, and he actually made pizza sauce by scratch. Well, even though I have a food blog and have committed to writing and taking pictures of my food, I thought he deserved a shout out for his pizza sauce. I asked him if he made up the recipe or did he look it up, and if he looked it up, what site did he find it on. He said he looked it up, and of course he has no clue what site. So here is a pizza sauce recipe and our yummy family made pizza.

Pizza Sauce-
In a sauce pan chopped 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 of an onion, and 3 celery stalks thinly sliced. Sweat about 25 minutes until very soft. Add 1 can tomato paste plus 1-2 cans of tomato sauce until you reach your desired pizza sauce consistency. Add dried oregano (you could use fresh), bay leave, salt, 1 tablespoon sugar, fennel seeds, and thinly sliced basil. Cook for 2 hours. You should have enough for leftovers. Freeze in a zip top baggie.

Pizza Dough- We used Publix dough. You could make it, buy it, or get some sort of flat bread to make your pizza.

Pizza toppings-
Sausage, black olives, mushrooms
Black olives and mushrooms
Bruchetta Pizza- olive oil, garlic, tomato, mozzarella, and basil