Making and Canning French Onion Soup from Scratch

One of the EASIEST soups you will ever make. And it has so many uses! I use it not only to serve as a dinner with a side of crusty bread, but I also add it to my cooked ground beef when making loose hamburgers, I also use it as an aus jus for beef. I LOVE this recipe, and any beginner can do this and impress themselves along with their family and friends. If you give this a try, let me know!

 

Pressure Canning:

Quarts

1″ headspace

10lbs of pressure

75 minutes

 

Original recipe can be found here:

http://canninggranny.blogspot.com/2012/10/canning-french-onion-soup.html

 

VIDEO on how I made and canned this soup can be found HERE:

 

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French Onion Soup
Simple. Easy, Delicious. As good as any fine French Onion Soup you will get at any top restaurant!
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1938 calories
227 g
122 g
48 g
171 g
30 g
7848 g
44037 g
79 g
2 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
7848g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1938
Calories from Fat 420
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g
74%
Saturated Fat 30g
150%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 122mg
41%
Sodium 44037mg
1835%
Total Carbohydrates 227g
76%
Dietary Fiber 31g
126%
Sugars 79g
Protein 171g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
294%
Calcium
86%
Iron
167%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 12 Large onions
  2. 4 tbs butter
  3. 24 cups beef broth (your own, homemade broth... or store bought will do)
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 4 tsp. steak sauce (any kind, I used A1)
  6. 2 tsp. salt (I used canning salt)
Instructions
  1. Saute onions in melted butter in fry pan or pot.
  2. In a separate pot, make the broth starting with your water/beef base or beef broth.
  3. Add all ingredients, stir and bring to boil.
  4. Add onions to broth OR can your soup by adding 2 scoops of onions to the bottoms of each canning jar and ladling your broth over it.
  5. Process quarts at 10 pounds pressure for 75 minutes. Enjoy!
Adapted from The Canning Granny
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Warm Apple Crisp

This is one of my FAVORITE desserts. I have been making this recipe for the past 20 years. I found it long ago in a Betty Crocker Cookbook when I first began to teach myself how to cook.  It is a simple, classic staple for fall….. and a MUST HAVE for Thanksgiving.

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Warm Apple Crisp
Serves 16
An All-Time FAVORITE of mine! A must have for Thanksgiving too! This recipe is good for 1-9x11 dish OR 2-9" pie's in crust. Can be used or without pie crust.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
293 calories
54 g
20 g
9 g
3 g
5 g
157 g
10 g
37 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
157g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293
Calories from Fat 76
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
13%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 20mg
7%
Sodium 10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 54g
18%
Dietary Fiber 4g
15%
Sugars 37g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
8%
Calcium
4%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 8-10 tart and sweet apples (I like to mix and match. In this photo I used Paula Red & Gala)
  2. 2 cups packed brown sugar (I use homemade)
  3. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 1 cup old fashioned oats OR quick oats
  5. 2/3 cup butter, softened
  6. 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease your pan/dish with butter OR omit if using pie shells.
  3. Slice apples and remove peel. (I keep my sliced apples in a bowl of ice water with a little lemon juice to keep their color until I am ready to use them.
  4. Spread apples into dish/pan or pie shells.
  5. MIX: Mix together in your kitchenaid mixer or by hand in a bowl ALL of the remaining ingredients.... brown sugar, flour, oats, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg until nice and crumbled.
  6. DIVIDE topping mixture in half if using 2 pie shells, or dump all of it into your pan/dish covering your apples completely.
  7. BAKE in a 375 degree oven until bubbly, and apples are tender. 30-40 minutes.
  8. SERVE with french vanilla or vanilla bean ice cream.
  9. ENJOY!
Adapted from Betty Crocker
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Apple Pie Bread

A warm, delicious quick bread using one of my favorite fruits…. apples! This is an Autumn “must bake”!

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Apple Pie Bread
Serves 8
Served warm, this bread is incredible! It's like a cake and pie in one! Served cold, with cold butter spread on top and a warm cup of coffee is also delicious!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
393 calories
62 g
82 g
15 g
5 g
9 g
157 g
34 g
42 g
1 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
157g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393
Calories from Fat 129
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 9g
44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 82mg
27%
Sodium 34mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 62g
21%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 42g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
11%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/3 cup white sugar
  4. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  7. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/3 cup milk
  10. 2-3 apples (2 large or 3 small) peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  11. 1 tbs melted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. COMBINE IN A SMALL BOWL: 1/3 of the brown sugar (packed) and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Mix well.
  3. MIX IN MIXING BOWL (I used my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer): remaining 2/3 brown sugar and white sugar and cream it together with the 1/2 cup softened butter until fluffy and light.
  4. ADD: Both eggs (1 at a time)
  5. ADD: vanilla
  6. ADD: flour and baking powder
  7. ADD: milk
  8. Beat together well, but do NOT over mix.
  9. POUR: half the mixture into a well greased and floured bread loaf pan.
  10. ADD: half the amount of chopped apples and lightly place them on the top of batter.
  11. SPRINKLE: half of the brown sugar and cinnamon crumble on top of apples.
  12. MIX: Now, dump the rest of your chopped apples into the remaining batter and fold apples in until well coated.
  13. ADD: add the remaining apple batter on top.
  14. ADD: top he batter with the remaining brown sugar/cinnamon crumble.
  15. BAKE: 40 minutes.
  16. TOP: brush 1 tbs of melted butter on top of the bread using a pastry brush and then let it bake in the oven for another 10 minutes until golden brown.
  17. REMOVE read from oven. Allow it to cool 10-15 minutes before removing from bread loaf pan.
  18. ENJOY!
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carbs
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Mac & Cheese, Please!

THANK YOU to one of my dear friends, TheGreenMachine over on YouTube for helping me get this recipe up and posted! He did the recipe typing for me. hahaha live safer. I think he shall be HIRED.

 

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Mac & Cheese, Please
Serves 12
The creamiest, easiest mac and cheese you will ever make. This recipe serves as a base. Feel free to tweak it and change it up as you so desire!
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545 calories
49 g
77 g
28 g
24 g
17 g
201 g
652 g
7 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
201g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 545
Calories from Fat 246
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
43%
Saturated Fat 17g
85%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 77mg
26%
Sodium 652mg
27%
Total Carbohydrates 49g
16%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 7g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
57%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 5 Tbs butter for the sauce
  2. 5 Tbs flour
  3. 4 cups milk
  4. 3 cups grated cheese (see notes)
  5. 1 box (1 lb or 1 quart) elbow macaroni
Topping Ingredients
  1. 2 cups bread crumbs
  2. 1/2 - 1 stick butter
  3. herbs and Parmesan cheese to taste
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter on the stove. Add the flour and whisk for 30-60 seconds. Slowly whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil then immediately down to a simmer. Add 1 cup of water if it's too thick. Add the grated cheese and whisk until creamy (tends to clump more if you don't grate your own fresh).
  2. Pour over cooked, drained macaroni (just follow the directions on the box). Mix with a spoon, then put it all in a 9x14 casserole dish or whatever fits. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Directions for crumb topping
  1. Melt the butter in a pot, mix in the herbs and parm, then mix in the bread crumbs
Notes
  1. Just cheddar is good, but so is substituting a cup of colby jack or pepperjack. Play around with it.
Adapted from Naida Robinson
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Heather’s Infamous Schweaty Meatballs

Heather's Infamous Schweaty Meatballs
Serves 8
Probably what I am best known for. Even my mom LOVED my meatballs. I would bake her 4 dozen in freezer bags so she could have them on hand. haha I miss cooking for her.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
112 calories
17 g
48 g
3 g
5 g
1 g
59 g
469 g
2 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
59g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112
Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 48mg
16%
Sodium 469mg
20%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
7%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2lbs ground round, raw
  2. 1 small onion, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup milk
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  6. 1 tsp black pepper
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1 tsp granulate onion
  9. 1 tsp granulated garlic
  10. 1 tsp sweet basil
  11. 1 tsp oregano
  12. 1 tbs parsley
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix by hand, folding gently until all ingredients is well incorporated.
  3. Shape into meatballs, any size you like.
  4. Place into a greased 9x11 pyrex dish. I use 2 dishes.
  5. Bake, uncovered at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes, keeping an eye on them, as each oven bakes differently.
  6. When golden brown and bubbles appear, they are cooked.
  7. Remove from oven and eat plain or add to sauce or gravy.
  8. Enjoy!
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protein
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carbs
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The Kneady Homesteader’s Homemade Marinara Sauce

The Kneady Homesteader's Homemade Marinara Sauce
Serves 25
The perfect marinara sauce!
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
18 calories
3 g
0 g
1 g
1 g
0 g
50 g
162 g
2 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
50g
Servings
25
Amount Per Serving
Calories 18
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 162mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
8%
Calcium
3%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. #10 can of crushed tomatoes
  2. 1 tbs olive oil
  3. 1 tsp of black pepper
  4. 1 tsp thyme
  5. 1 tsp rosemary
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  8. 1 tbs + 1 tsp sweet basil
  9. 1 tbs + 1 tsp parsley
  10. 1 tbs granulated garlic
  11. 1 tbs granulated onion
  12. 1 tbs oregano
  13. 1 tbs sugar
Instructions
  1. Add crushed tomatoes to large pot or saucepan.
  2. Add spices.
  3. Heat on medium heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low and cover with lid, simmering at least 20 minutes.
  5. The longer you simmer the sauce, the better it tastes!
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protein
1g
carbs
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Italian Herb Braided Bread Loaf

Italian Herb Braided Bread Loaf
A delicious Italian loaf bread perfect for any supper! Full of flavor! Crusty yet soft.
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Total Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr
2723 calories
213 g
491 g
193 g
40 g
119 g
1248 g
5834 g
19 g
8 g
61 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1248g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2723
Calories from Fat 1698
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 193g
297%
Saturated Fat 119g
594%
Trans Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 50g
Cholesterol 491mg
164%
Sodium 5834mg
243%
Total Carbohydrates 213g
71%
Dietary Fiber 12g
49%
Sugars 19g
Protein 40g
Vitamin A
117%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
76%
Iron
64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups warm water
  2. 1 tbl instant yeast
  3. 2 tsp salt
  4. 2 tbl sugar or honey
  5. 2 tbl butter or shortening
  6. 4 tbs milk powder OR 1 cup warm whole milk MINUS 1 cup of warm water listed above.
  7. 6 cups of bread or all-purpose flour.
  8. 1 additional cup flour, to tweak dough into perfect shape.
  9. 1 tsp granulated garlic
  10. 1 tsp granulated onion
  11. 1 tsp thyme
  12. 1 tsp rosemary
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients in stand mixer.
  2. knead 5-7 minutes
  3. shape dough ball and place into greased bowl.
  4. 1st rise: 1 hour
  5. punch down dough.
  6. remove air pockets.
  7. slice into 3 and shape each section into long strands.
  8. braid bread.
  9. knot bread.
  10. 2nd rise: 30 min
  11. Bake @ 375 for 45 min.
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protein
40g
carbs
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Chocolate Chip Cookies with an Almond Twist!

My boys are spoiled. I love tweaking and trying new things, and I love that they let me test all my concoctions out on them. haha Something new almost every night. Tonight’s new treat….. a twist on the plain chocolate chip cookie. Tonight I decided to add 1 tsp of Almond Extract to the mix, and WOW, was it ever GOOD! It gave it a bit more depth and flavor. No one knew what I had added….. they just knew that this cookie, tasted different. Better! hahaha  So, this one was a winner! If you give it a try, let me know what you think!

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies with an Almond Twist
Serves 48
A delicious chocolate chip cookie with an added extra depth.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
105 calories
14 g
19 g
5 g
1 g
3 g
24 g
83 g
8 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
24g
Servings
48
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 19mg
6%
Sodium 83mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2.5 cups flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  5. 3/4 cups sugar
  6. 3/4 cups brown sugar
  7. 2 tsp vanilla
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 cup chocolate chips
  10. 1 tsp Almond Extract
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 350
  2. cream sugars and butter together.
  3. mix flour, baking soda and salt in one bowl.
  4. add vanilla, almond extract and eggs (1 eggs at a time) to creamed sugars.
  5. slowly add dry mixture into wet. do not over mix.
  6. add chocolate chips and stir in.
  7. form cookie balls onto baking sheet, then by hand.
  8. bake 9-11 min…… allow them to cool slightly on cookie sheet before placing them on a cooling rack. Made 4 dozen for me. ENJOY!
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Enchilada Mole’ Sauce

A….. enchilada sauce….. also known as mole’ sauce.  I was tired of paying a few dollars for one can of it at the grocery store every time I wanted to make enchilada’s.  So I decided to make my own…… and I have to admit, the first 2 times I made it, it just wasn’t quite right. hahaha  But I kept working on it and tweaking it and now, I have it down pat!  I don’t add chilies to it, but feel free to if that is what you or your family like. I feed a bunch of kids, and they still like foods kept simple.  SO…… here we go!

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Enchilada Mole' Sauce
Yields 2
A simple and easy mole' sauce for your enchilada's!
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Total Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
409 calories
36 g
7 g
27 g
13 g
3 g
492 g
1728 g
16 g
0 g
23 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
492g
Yields
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 409
Calories from Fat 237
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g
41%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 7mg
2%
Sodium 1728mg
72%
Total Carbohydrates 36g
12%
Dietary Fiber 10g
38%
Sugars 16g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A
121%
Vitamin C
32%
Calcium
11%
Iron
34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 tbs vegetable oil
  2. 1 tbs flour
  3. 1/4 cup chili powder
  4. 2 cups chicken stock OR 2 cups hot water and 1 chicken bouillon cube
  5. 6 oz tomato paste
  6. 1 cup warm water
  7. 1 tsp cumin
  8. 1 tsp dried oregano
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan heat oil.
  2. Turn saucepan to med-low.
  3. Add flour and use a wire whisk and stir together, cooking flour for 1 minute.
  4. Add chili powder and whisk together 1 minute.
  5. Add stock/bouillon water, tomato paste, water, cumin and oregano.
  6. whisk well to combine all ingredients well.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. Set to low and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Sauce will thicken and become beautiful and smooth.
  9. When making enchilada's, coat the bottom of your dish with sauce. Place enchilada's or burrito's on top. This will prevent your tortilla's from sticking to the bottom, eliminating the need for non-stick spray. Then pour the remaining sauce over top of your enchilada's/burrito's. Enjoy!
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fat
27g
protein
13g
carbs
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Caprese Salad - The Kneady Homesteader

Caprese Salad

It’s summertime! And I don’t think there is anything more tasty than a good caprese salad. I love serving this for dinner as a side dish or even for lunch with a fresh loaf of baked bread. Super easy to make…. so let’s get started!

 

Ingredients:

fresh, ripe tomatoes

fresh mozzarella cheese

fresh basil

extra virgin olive oil

salt to taste

and a balsamic vinegar reduction!  Buy a good balsamic vinegar! I try to buy organic….. and i use the entire bottle! It’s too good not to. Just pour the bottle into a saucepan, and bring it to a gentle boil for about 15-20 minutes, until it is thick and beautiful. I try to make mine the consistency of chocolate syrup. You want to be able to drizzle it over your tomatoes and cheese. 😀

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Just slice your tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on the medium-thick side, alternating them on your plate. Top with fresh basil leaves. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic reduction glaze on top (I am pretty heavy handed and like a lot of drizzle on mine) and THAT’S IT! Sprinkle it with a touch of salt.  Serve and ENJOY!

My boys LOVE it! Nothing tastes more like summer than this salad. ENJOY! 😀

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Caprese Salad - The Kneady Homesteader