Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cooking from the Freezer

I like to try and plan meals in advance. I love the idea of making food and freezing it so I don't have to cook every day, but sometimes I can't think of meals that will freeze well. This is one I recently made:

Spaghetti Pie
~enough for 3 pie plates~ (you could use a 9x13” pan and an 8x8 square pan)

1# spaghetti (do not use tube-shaped pasta, make sure it is flat)
5 egg whites, divided
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup parmesan cheese
1# ground beef or ground sausage
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Optional spice ideas:
Red pepper flakes
Garlic Cloves (or garlic powder)

Spray three cooking vessels (pie plates, pyrex dishes) with cooking spray. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions and drain.
While spaghetti is cooking, cook beef or sausage in a skillet.
In a small bowl, mix the ricotta cheese and 2 egg whites along with any optional spices.
In a large bowl, mix the spaghetti and parmesan cheese with 3 egg whites. Press the spaghetti into the pie plates to form a ‘crust’. Layer the ricotta cheese/egg white mixture on top of the spaghetti. Press down with the back of a spoon. Divide the cooked beef or sausage evenly over the spaghetti. Top this with the spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of everything.
Cover tightly and freeze. Thaw in the refrigerator.
To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 25 minutes, uncovered, or until heated through.

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