I wish I had time to make everything homemade. I like knowing what ingredients are in my food, and of course homemade food tastes infinitely better. That said, I know you all aren’t going to run home and start baking homemade bread instead of buying the pre-sliced bread in the store.

Most of us do not make homemade noodles, myself included. We’re college students and we don’t have the time. But, there are some items that we should make by ourselves. The items I’ve included are easy to make and taste delicious. Next time you’re tempted to buy canned marinara or alfredo sauce, frozen burgers or personal pizzas, don’t do it.

It’s better made at home.

Marinara Sauce
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

¼ Cup Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic, halved
1 28 oz Can Peeled Whole Tomatoes
3 Leaves of Basil, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

Place olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic. Cook until garlic is soft and lightly browned. In a separate bowl,crush tomatoes (I use a masher to do this). Mash the tomatoes until they are the desired consistency. Fill the empty tomato can ¼ with water and add it to the tomatoes. Add tomato mix to the garlic and olive oil. Simmer for 20 minutes and stir
in basil.


Alfredo Sauce
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

¼ Cup Butter
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Clove Garlic, crushed
1 ½ Cups Grated Parmesean
¼ Cup Fresh Parsley, chopped (optional)
Pepper to taste

Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add cream to melted butter and simmer for five minutes. Add garlic and cheese and stir until cheese is fully melted. If desired, stir in parsley.


Hamburger Patties

Prep time: about 2-3 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes
Serving size: 4 small hamburgers, or two large

1 Pound Ground Beef

Divide hamburger into four or two sections. Roll meat into a ball, and press it flat. On the stove top, place in a ungreased frying pan on medium heat. While cooking, flatten the burger with a spatula. After five or so minutes, flip the burger. After the juices from the burger run clear, remove the burger from heat and enjoy.


Personal Pizzas

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

1 pita bread, or personal pizza crust
A sauce of your choice (marinara, olive oil, alfredo
or pesto)
¼ cup to ⅓ cup of mozzarella cheese
Toppings of your choice

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Take the pita bread or crust and spread the sauce. Add cheese and desired toppings. Place pizza on a cookie sheet and cook for 5 minutes. Remove pizza and enjoy.