Sunday, October 7, 2012

Freezer Pasta

Made this for the freezer in 2 8x8 containers, which were pretty shallow, so put the remaining 3rd in bakeware for lunch. Simple to put together but needs vegetables in it. 
11/13/12 Had this for dinner. Moved from freezer to fridge night before. Noticed was still mostly frozen at 5 pm so left on counter for an hour. Baked suggested time but middle still cold so left in for another 10 min. 
  • 1 box medium sized pasta (about 4 cups, uncooked)
  • 1 lb hot italian sausage (or ground beef)
  • 2 jars pasta sauce (~40 oz)
  • 3/4 c cream cheese spread
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1/4 c parmesan
  • 1/2 c chopped fresh basil
  • 1.5 c shredded mozzarella
  • Optional: veggies (mushrooms, spinach, zucchini)
  1. Cook pasta to al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, cook sausage. Add pasta sauce. Simmer on medium for 2 min, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  3. Drain pasta.
  4. Combine cream cheese spread, milk and Parmesan in a large bowl.
  5. Add pasta and basil. Stir gently until pasta is evenly coated.
  6. Spread half the meat sauce onto bottom of baking dishes. Cover with pasta mixture. Add optional veggies. Top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella. 
  7. Cover with foil.
  8. (If freezing, then label:) Bake 375F covered for 30 min. Uncover and bake another 10-15 min. 
  9. If frozen, then thaw before baking as directed.

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