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30 Minute Stovetop Skillet Lasagna

I am always in the search for easy mid week meals which are not only quick and easy but also comforting and satisfying. And yes, being an Indian, Daal Chawal is always a solution. But this day, I wanted to have something different ( because of the bad luck that had followed me around since the morning ), and being a fan of Italian food, what better than a cheesy and yummy lasagna!

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Spaghetti Pizza

I have been so obsessed with pizza this month and so I have been trying a lot of pizza recipes. Here’s one more that you can make from scratch- Pizza Spaghetti! No need to choose between spaghetti and pizza when you’ve got this recipe! It’ll combine both your favorites into one great dish! Also its a really smart way to use the leftover spaghetti from the night 😉 Here’s what you need for this :

Ingredients :
Spaghetti ( leftover or you may make fresh ) (150-200 gms )
Pizza cheese – grated ( mozzarella + cheddar )
Pizza/Pasta sauce ( 6-8  tbsp )
2 eggs
Olive oil ( 2 tbsp )
Some pizza seasoning ( 1-2 tsp )
Garlic powder ( 2 tsp )
Italian seasoning ( 1-2 tsp )
And of course…toppings of your choice!
And yes that’s it. Now this is a really simple and delicious recipe!

Directions :
Get the Spaghetti ready if you don’t have any leftover.
Fill a medium sized pot with water, some salt and about a teaspoon of olive oil and boil it. Now place the spaghetti into the pot so that its completely immersed into the water. Now cook for about 7-15 minutes, depending on your preference and the type of pasta and package directions. Drain the pasta and pour some cold water from above. Drain again.
Heat about 1-2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and add the pizza/pasta( 5-6 tbsp ) sauce to it. Add about 2 tsp of garlic powder and 1-1/2 tsp of pizza seasoning. Add the spaghetti to this. Cook for 2-3 minutes and remove from heat. Set it aside to cool.

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Meanwhile prepare your toppings. I used cherry tomatoes, red and yellow bell peppers and some basil leaves.
Preheat the oven to 325 F.
When the spaghetti cools down, crack the eggs into it and mix well.
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 Into the same pan, add this mixture.
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Cook for 2-5 minutes on low so that the egg gets cooked from the bottom. Now cover the handle of the pan with aluminium foil and put the pan into the oven on broil mode for about 6-8 minutes until you see that the egg is cooked from the top as well and forms a firm base.
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 Now that’s the pizza base. Once it cools, spread some more pizza/pasta ( 1-2 ) tbsp sauce onto this base ( you can also use pesto sauce ) and add your toppings to it.
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 Finally add the grated cheese on top and put it into the oven again until the cheese melts and it gets a little bubbly (for about 3-5 minutes ). And there you go! Your Spaghetti pizza is ready to cut and serve!

Pizza Omelette

Pizza omelette is a delicious choice for any breakfast, brunch or lunch! Being high in protein, it is a great way to use the leftover pizza toppings without  the hassle of making a crust. A smooth and tasty omelette with toppings of a pizza, is definitely a great way to kickstart any day!
 Ingredients :

For the base-
Italian seasoning ( 1 tbsp )
Eggs ( 6 nos )
Pepper ( 1 tsp )
Garlic powder ( 3/4 tsp )
Cream ( 1 1/2 tbsp )
All purpose flour ( 1 tbsp )
Salt to taste

For the toppings I used :
Chopped mushrooms
Onions cut into rings
Thinly sliced Bell peppers ( red and green )
Baby corns (  slit into 4  pieces vertically and then each piece further cut into 2 horizontally )
Cherry tomatoes (Cut into 2  parts)
You can make all kinds of variations by adding meat or your favorite greens etc.
Grated Pizza Cheese ( Mozzarella + Cheddar)
Pizza Sauce ( according to your preference, I used about 3-4 teaspoons )
Olive oil ( 1 tsp )
Pizza seasoning

Directions :
Get all your veggies ready.

Saute the mushrooms and babycorns with some salt and pepper and keep for about 2-3 minutes and keep it aside. I personally like to do this but you can omit it. Its all upto your liking.
Into a bowl, crack the eggs and add the salt, pepper, italian seasoning, garlic powder and whisk until well combines. Now add the cream and flour and whisk again for about 2 minutes until you see bubbles on top.
Take a shallow non stick pan and add about a teaspoon of olive oil to it. Move the pan to spread the oil evenly. Pour in the egg mixture into this and cook on low heat for about 2-3 minutes or until only the bottom part is cooked and firm. Run a knife lightly through the edges and you will see that the omelette wont stick which means its cooked. Turn off the heat.
Wrap a foil around the handle of the pan. Preheat your oven to 350 degree F on grill or broil mode. Place your pan into the oven for about 5-7 minutes or until the egg is perfectly cooked and firm. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
 Spread some pizza sauce on the top evenly. I used the store bought one but you can make your own at home. And if you do have a great homemade pizza sauce recipe, I would be glad share it! 🙂
Now arrange your veggies on top and at the end grate some cheese over it.
Bake for another 5-6 minutes in the oven until the cheese melts completely.
Sprinkle some pizza seasoning on top and serve hot with some ketchup!