Thursday, October 8, 2015

Baked Spaghetti Freezer Meals...$3.10 each

 Always trying to be frugal and simple, I decided to make some freezer meals a few days ago.  Here's what I started with...4 cans of store bought spaghetti sauce (.99 each), box of spaghetti (.89), mozzarella cheese (marked down to $1.39), 1 lb of 85/15 ground beef (marked down to $3.47).  I usually like to buy leaner meat but that is what they had and it was a good price.
 I also threw in a can of Mexican Style diced tomatoes.  I stocked up on these the other day.   Found them on sale for .49 a can so I bought 2 cases. 
 This came to a total of $9.31 and I ended up with 3 meals at $3.10 EACH!!!!  

Very simple and fast to make.  I cooked my ground beef, drained and rinsed it.  Added the 4 cans of spaghetti sauce and diced tomatoes.   I added a little bit of this to the cooked spaghetti just to keep from sticking together.  I put the noodle/sauce mixture in the pans that were sprayed with nonstick spray.  I then put a good thick layer of sauce over the spaghetti and covered with cheese.  We like it saucy!  
 I cooked the spaghetti but not completely cooked.  I also let it cool.  The noodles will finish cooking when you reheat it in the baking process.  If it is fully cooked before freezing it will end up being a little soggy when you reheat it.

Two of these went in the freezer for later and one went in the fridge for later that evening. 
 Now all that I have to do is take one out of the freezer and into the oven.  Just needs to be heated through and the cheese melted.  :)

I had a little extra sauce leftover so I put it in a freezer bag for later use. 
 These freezer meals are great when we are busy or I just need a night off from cooking.  


1 comment:

  1. I appreciate the tip about not thoroughly cooking the noodles before throwing them in the casserole.
    You certainly find great bargains. Do you go to the store often?