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Lasagna Formaggio

My 6-year-old daughter has never wavered from her plan to be a baker when she grows up, so she spends a lot of time in the kitchen with me. She was so excited about the recipe from McCormick for their delicious Lasagna Formaggio, because it was a simple recipe she could make with just a little help from me. In fact, here she is to show you how to make it yourself! Scroll down for the full recipe and directions, plus a great giveaway from McCormick!

Lasagna Formaggio Recipe

Lasagna Formaggio Recipe available at McCormick.com.

Lasagna Formaggio Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp McCormick Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp McCormick Parsley Flakes
  • 1 tsp McCormick Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 3/4 Cups Ricotta Cheese (30 oz.)
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (8 oz.)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 1/4 Cup Marinara or Pasta Sauce (26 oz.)
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 9 Uncooked Lasagna Noodles
  • 1/4 Cup Graded Parmesan Cheese

Directions

To create you McCormick Lasagna Formaggio, first preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, in a separate bowl pour all of your Ricotta cheese, about 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella, both eggs, and all of your seasonings (garlic powder, Italian Seasoning, parsley, salt, and pepper). Your a spoon to mix until well blended. Because the mixture is soft, you won’t need to use a mixer – a simple spoon will work great.

In a separate bowl, pour out all of your pasta or marinara sauce. Add the water to your, now empty, pasta jar and replace the lid. Shake slightly to release any extra sauce, then pour into the bowl. Mix until well blended to slightly water down your sauce.

Grab a 13×9-inch baking dish and pour about 1 cup of sauce into the bottom. Spread evenly to cover the bottom of the dish and add 3 lasanga noodles on top.

The best part, in my opinion, is the Ricotta cheese mixture. You’ll want to spread about 1/2 of your cheese mixture on top of the noodles. Next add another cup of sauce, 3 more noddles, and then the remaining cheese mixture. Top with the remaining noodles and sauce, then cover with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Cover your baking dish with foil and, once your oven is preheated, bake for approximately 45 minutes. Finally, remove your foil from the baking dish and cook an additional 15 minutes, so the noodles will become more tender.

Let cool for about 15 minutes before cutting. This will help your lasagna stay together a bit better. Serve and add additional sauce or cheese to top, if you’d like.

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Taco Pizza Recipe

Taco Pizza (3 of 3)

Ingredients

  1. 1 Can Del Monte Diced Tomatoes with Zesty Mild Green Chilies
  2. 1 Can Bush’s Black Beans
  3. 1 Packet Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  4. 1 Pound Ground Beef
  5. 1 Cup Chopped Lettuce
  6. 1 Pizza Crust
  7. 1 Cup Shredded Cheese

Directions

Place the Pizza Crust on a pizza pan and cook as directed in the oven. While it’s cooking, cook the ground beef in a skillet and add the Old El Paso Taco Seasoning as directed. Once both are done, begin layering your toppings on your pizza crust and serve warm. Top with sour cream, guacamole, and.or salsa, if desired.

Add a side of Old El Paso Spanish Rice to make it a meal.

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I used to live in this little town (seriously, only three stoplights) in Ohio. And there was a wonderful little privately owned pizza place in town that made the BEST Taco Pizza EVER!!!! It was our family tradition to order pizza once a month and when it was my turn to pick what we ordered it was always Taco Pizza from Hungry Howies. The crust was crispy, the taco meat with beans was delish, and the towering toppings of lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and sour cream was so heavenly that my mouth waters just writing about it.

But sadly, I moved away from that little town when I was 14 and haven’t tasted a bite of Taco Pizza since then (until I recreated it myself). Actually, everyone I have ever asked, had never even heard of Taco Pizza! So while this isn’t exactly the wackiest on my list of Wacky Wednesday ideas, since it seems no one outside of my sleepy little childhood town has even heard of Taco Pizza, I  just have to share my recreation of this delicious marriage of two of my favorite foods, Pizza and Tacos! Now, I know what you are probably thinking, and it is probably pretty close to my husbands reaction, “taco?…..pizza?…..That sounds really gross but if you must……” But I assure you, give it a shot and your family will have a taste-bud explosion and it will soon become a family favorite like it has in our house.

And it is so versatile, cut small squares and it can be an appetizer at a casual party or larger slices and it’s dinner, you choose!

What you need:

1 Pizza Crust (store bought or homemade, it doesn’t matter but crispy is the key!)
1 lb. Hamburger
1 Taco Seasoning Packet
1/2 can of re-fried beans
8 oz. Taco Blend shredded cheese
1/2 head of lettuce
2 small tomatoes
Black Olives
Taco sauce
(any other taco toppings that your family prefers)

How to make this simple taste-bud masterpiece:

Roll out your pizza crust to get it as thin as possible without tearing onto a greased cookie sheet or pizza pan. Cook the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat until just browned, drain well and add taco seasoning mix and 1/3 c. of water until well mixed as if you are making traditional tacos.

Spread a thin layer of re-fried beans over your pizza crust (not to much, we don’t want to overpower the meat). Even if you don’t care for re-fried beans, this is a necessity, it isn’t true taco pizza without it! Top this with the prepared taco meat, and drizzle with desired amount of taco sauce. I used about 1 cup for my pizza. All that is left to do for this part is to top with cheese! Cover the pizza with the entire bag of cheese and pop it into the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or the cooking time recommended for the crust that you use. Since everything is already cooked except for the crust, the goal is to just get the crust cooked through and melt the cheese.

 

While your pizza is in the oven, shred your lettuce to bite size strips, dice the tomato, and open the olives so you are all ready to add your toppings and eat!

After your pizza comes out of the oven, immediately top with shredded lettuce (don’t be afraid to really pile it on!) The crunchy chill of the lettuce contrasts so nicely with the warm gooey-ness of the taco meat, cheese and beans. Now top with diced tomatoes and black olives and any remaining ingredients you would like to add! Cut into squares, not triangle slices, this pizza works better with squares. It could be because that was how Hungry Howies always cut their pizza but it could also be because the toppings are loose and will fall all over the place if it isn’t in small easy to manage pieces. The last step is to add a dollop of sour cream to each piece and enjoy!

As you can see this is just like any other pizza so you can add or subtract ingredients to suit your families tastes. My recommendation is to NOT take away are the refried beans, taco meat, and lettuce! Those make it the best EVER!

Let me know what you think, just scroll down a little and leave a comment in the box below and give it to me straight, is it just me or is this the best pizza ever!?!?!?

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Frugal Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Canned Chicken
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can Chicken with Rice Soup
  • 1 can Evaporated Milk (13oz)
  • 1 can Cow Mein Noodles (5oz)
  • Potato Chips

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients except the Potato Chips in a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish.

2. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 min.

3. Crumble chips on top and cook an additional 15 min.

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Frugal Recipes

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 lb. Margarine
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 cups Boiling Water

Directions

1.Mix all ingredients. Roll out and cut into strips.

2. Place on cookie sheet and freeze

3.  Store in freezer bags until ready to use.

4. When ready to use take out as many as you need and cook for 15 to 20 minutes in boiling broth.

Cooking Tips & More

These work great as chicken, beef or Turkey ad dumplings.   They also work great in Maryanns Chicken Noodle soup.  Watch for the recipe next week.

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