Freezer Meal: Lasagna

When I was a kid, lasagna was my favorite meal. It was a rare treat when it showed up on the table, because it’s more time consuming than the average week night allowed. However, there was one day a year that I could count on it. My birthday. Each of us kids got to choose our birthday celebration dinner, and Mom would make us whatever we wanted. Within reason, of course. My pick, year in and year out: lasagna.

As I’ve mentioned before, you can freeze pretty much any pasta dish. All you have to do is under-cook the noodles slightly, and you’re golden. Lasagna is no exception!

Step #1: prepare your favorite lasagna. Don’t have a recipe? Check out this one, or head over to allrecipes.com for some suggestions. You need three basic ingredients:

  • hamburger, ground and browned. 1 lb per lasagna
  • sauce
  • ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
  • noodles, prepared.

Step #2: assemble your lasagna in a freezer safe, oven safe pan.

Step#3: cover with tin foil, and allow it to cool. Slide it in to a level spot in your freezer. Done and done!

Lasagnas are very easy to make in multiples. Making 1 lasagna for dinner? Might as well make two and freeze one of them.

On the day that you want to eat, take the lasagna out of the freezer in the morning and move it to the fridge for the rest of the day. When it’s time to cook, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and bake covered for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 or 15 minutes.

The bottom line: this takes almost NO hands on effort on the day you make it for dinner. Preheat oven. Cook. Serve. That’s all there is to it!

Interested in more freezer friendly meals? I found this post yesterday!

Happy weekend, all!

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