How do you get good at cooking?…
Obviously, some people have a natural knack for cooking and combining ingredients and making awesomeness (That’d be my husband not me, and yes, I’m still jealous). But, even though I’m not a very ‘natural’ cook, I’m a pretty good cook. Practice really does help.
That and learning not to cry when you do this…
We’ve been running on a limited pantry, which means creativity has to take over. To extend our pantry, we tagged teamed our skills. I made homemade Marinara sauce, and the hubby made homemade pizza… on tortillas (since we are out of flour).
The marinara sauce was made up on the spot with the items we had on hand, but it turned out great. The best part, was it made enough for 4 meals!
Marinara Sauce Recipe:
- 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 1 Onion, diced
- 2 teaspoon (I use the teaspoon from our silverware set to measure this, so it’s probably a lot more then a true TSP) of Chopped Garlic (I got a couple e-mails asking about the garlic we use. It’s Christopher Ranch Chopped Garlic in Oil. It was around $7.50 for 32oz. We use a lot of garlic, so this was a wise purchase for us.)
- 28 Oz Diced Tomatoes (I’m sure stewed or whole or halved would all work well. I just used what I had on hand.)
- 1 teaspoon of White Sugar
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- Heat Olive Oil on Medium-High heat, add in onion and garlic. Stir occasionally. Cook until tender. About 4-5 minutes.
- Add in everything else. Tomatoes, Sugar, Oregano and Salt.
- Take off heat and use your hand blender (or a masher if you don’t have a hand blender) to get a more marinara-like consistency.
- Place back on heat. Bring to a boil. Then simmer for 15 minutes.
- Marinara Sauce
- Cheese – We used Fresh Mozzarella and Provolone (it’s what we had on hand)
- Veggies – We used Tomatoes, Onions, Green Olives, (frozen) Broccoli, & Mushrooms (again, what we had on hand)
- Place Tortillas in 400 degree oven for several minutes. This helps them be a stiffer base for the pizzas. But don’t forget about them (see photo above again… )
- While tortillas are heating, chop veggies and cut cheese.
- We worked 2 – 3 at a time.
- Layer marinara (a thin layer is all that is needed)
- Then small chunks of cheese
- Veggies on top
- Cook about 15 minutes on 400.