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Quarantine cooking: Three easy recipes you can make while staying in

Echo writer Brock Doemel shares three of his easy, cheap recipes that can be made at home on a college budget


Cooking recipes during the pandemic has become an opportunity to learn something new. Illustration published on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.

Save some money and protect yourself and others from the coronavirus by putting on your chef's hat and making one of these delectable recipes instead.

Here are three mouthwatering recipes with cheap ingredients and short preparation times that you can make while social distancing.

Homemade pizza


Materials needed:

  • Sauce pan with cover
  • Cheese grater
  • Rolling pin
  • Pizza pan
  • Ladle or large spoon
  • Fork
  • Pizza cutter


  1. Set stovetop burner to medium heat and preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Pour a coating of olive oil into the sauce pan, then add a spoonful of minced garlic and the can of tomato paste, saving the can
  3. Fill the tomato paste can about half-full with water, then pour into sauce pan
  4. Add can of crushed tomatoes to sauce pan
  5. Add dashes of oregano, parsley, basil, thyme, salt and pepper to taste
  6. Set burner to low heat and place cover on sauce pan
  7. Grate the block of mozzarella cheese
  8. Roll out the pizza dough to desired size and place on pizza pan
  9. Fold in edges of dough to create a crust, and use a fork to poke small holes in the dough
  10. Use ladle or large spoon to spread the sauce over the pizza dough
  11. Add mozzarella cheese to taste
  12. Add a dash of both oregano and thyme
  13. Place in oven and let bake for 15-20 minutes
  14. When cheese begins to bubble and is golden brown, cut and serve



Materials needed:

  • Sauce pan with cover
  • Mixing bowl
  • Fruit peeler
  • Apple slicer
  • Potato masher
  • Measuring cups


  1. Completely peel apples, then slice and core them
  2. Add water, sugar, cinnamon and apple slices to sauce pan
  3. Set stovetop burner to medium heat, cover sauce pan and let cook for 15 minutes
  4. Pour apples into mixing bowl and mash with potato masher until it's at your desired consistency, then serve and enjoy

Baked ziti al forno


Materials needed:

  • Medium to large pot
  • Sauce pan
  • 9x13 pan (Pyrex or similar)
  • Pasta strainer or colander
  • Large spoon


  1. Boil noodles and preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place sauce pan on stovetop burner, set to low heat and add entire jar of marinara sauce
  3. Let marinara heat up, then add entire jar of alfredo sauce and mix well
  4. Slowly add 1 cup (1 bag) of mozzarella cheese and mix well
  5. Slowly add parmesan cheese and ricotta cheese and mix well
  6. Strain noodles and pour into sauce, mixing evenly
  7. Pour all into 9x13 pan and add mozzarella on top, to taste
  8. Let it bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown
  9. Let cool for five minutes
  10. Use a large spoon to serve pasta

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