6 Life-Changing Tips for Making Amazing Italian at Home

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, August 2, 2016

Rachael Ray Show

Aired August 2, 2016

Restaurateurs Sal Basille and Francis Garcia from Cooking Channel’s Pizza Cuz are here to show you some pretty amazing DIY tips and tricks to making amazing Italian food at home! Pizza grilled cheese? Yes, please!

Tip 1: Make a Frozen Pizza in Only Minutes

Francis shows you how to microwave your pizza to defrost it, then cook it under the broiler to heat it extra fast!

Tip: Cover the crust with foil so it doesn’t burn.

Tip 2: DIY Garlic Sticks

Sal reveals how to easily make garlicky bread sticks using store-bought pizza dough.

Tip 3: Make Heartburn-Free Red Sauce with Tomato Paste

Francis demonstrates how to make a “cheap and cheerful” pasta sauce with tomato paste, water, olive oil, garlic, parley, red pepper, and anchovies.

Tip: Put garlic cloves in a plastic baggie, then smash them inside the bag – no mess!

Tip 4: DIY Pie Plate Foccacia

You can make focaccia at home with store-bought pizza dough and a pie plate! Who knew?

Tip 5: The Best Way to Cook Leftover Spaghetti

Sal and Francis show you an amazing tip for heating leftover pasta. Toss your pasta with whatever you have in the fridge – cheese, parsley, salami, etc – then add an egg and fry up the whole mixture in a frying pan. Delish!

Tip 6: Make Grilled Cheese with Leftover Pizza

Sal and Francis show you how to fry up two pieces of pizza with cheese in between in butter to make a grilled cheese pizza sandwich!

Which of these tips are you most excited about? Tell us below!