Saturday, July 26, 2014
Two Freezer-friendly Casseroles
I've yet to touch base about casseroles throughout this series. Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to freezing pasta. Most of my experiences have been good but we've also had some mushy dishes in there as well. I think it's very important that you're preparing the pasta correctly, just to al dente and not overcooking it. Pasta does soften in the freezer so it's even better to under cook if anything.
But I do have two very good casseroles that I've frozen before and they've always turned out wonderful. As much as I don't want to think about it, fall is really just right around the corner and these will come in handy for the cooler weather.
My friend Denise made this Pesto-Chicken Pasta for a freezer swap and it was one dish that everyone really loved. The recipe makes enough for two 8x8 pans, which is even plenty for my family of five. By the time you add in salad and other veggies or fruit, you've got a really well balanced meal.
Another favorite is one dish I tried last summer, Taco Pasta Bake. Taco meets pasta, I mean what's not to love? I remember sending a pan with my daughter who was babysitting for a friend and even her family loved it. It's kid-friendly and easy to throw together. It also makes enough for two small pans, bonus!
If you've been anxious for some good casseroles to add to your freezer stash, these here are two of my very best. I know you'll love them! I'll list the recipe links below again, there you'll find all of the ingredients needed as well as instructions for preparing and freezing. Again, just make sure to not overcook the pasta, let cook just until al dente and you'll be fine. Enjoy!
Taco Pasta Bake