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Katie’s Pasta Salad

23 Jun

We first made this for a potluck we attended a while back Katie came up with the things she would like to have in a pasta salad, and we worked up the recipe together. She also helped put it all together. We recently made it again for another potluck, and I realized that I never shared her recipe.

It’s simple and quick to make, but sure tastes good!

Katie's Pasta Salad

Katie’s Pasta Salad

What you need:

1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 package turkey pepperoni, cut into 4ths (or regular if that is what you prefer)
1 can sliced black olives
1 box pasta of your choice (We used Barilla Gluten Free Penne)
1 16 oz bottle Italian dressing

How to make it:

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water.

Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Make Your Own Pizza Night!

17 Nov

Last night, I had 2 packets of yeast that needed to be used, so I decided that we would make pizza!  Both of my girls participated in mixing the dough, spreading it out, and putting on the toppings.  The 2 packets of yeast that I had were Rapid Rise, so I was able to use my favorite, quick crust recipe from Fleischmann’s

  • 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann’s® Pizza Crust Yeast OR RapidRise Yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 2/3 cup very warm water (120 to 130°F)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky. Knead on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. If using RapidRise yeast, let dough rest at this point for 10 minutes. (My Note: Since I used RapidRise yeast, after kneading, we formed a ball with the dough, put it back in the bowl, and drizzled with olive oil.  I covered it with plastic wrap, and set to rest and rise for 10 minutes)

Pat dough with floured hands to fill greased pizza pan or baking sheet. OR roll dough on a floured counter to 12-inch circle; place in greased pizza pan or baking sheet. Form a rim by pinching the edge of the dough. (My Note: I have 2 pizza stones that I sprayed with olive oil.  Then, I sprinkled corn meal on the olive oil before spreading the dough on the stone.)

Spread with pizza sauce. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese, and other toppings as desired.

Bake on lowest oven rack for 12 to 15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned.


Here is how K’s looked before baking.  She was so proud of her creation.  Hers has sauce, then grated Parmesan cheese, then shredded mozzarella.  She put pepperoni on it, then a chopped olive on each piece of pepperoni.  Finally, she put a pile of shredded cheddar in the center.  

Homemade pizza


And, I only got a picture of S’s pizza after baking.  Hers was just cheese.

S's cheese pizza


We made 2 big pizzas, but the dough could easily be divided to make 4 or 6 smaller pizzas so that each family member gets there own personal pizza.  I love that I have an easy recipe that we like a lot to make our own pizza!  

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