Sunday, March 15, 2009

Freezer Meal: Jen's Spicy Sausage Pasta

This is a great new idea to use kielbasa or smoked sausage. It has very few ingredients that are inexpensive and so easy to put together! Make one for your family tonight and make an extra to freeze for next month!

Here is what you need:

Jen's Spicy Sausage Pasta

1 lb turkey kielbasa, cut into thin slices
1 can Rotel
1 cup cubed colby cheese
1/2 c. Italian dressing
12 ounces rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions

Freezing directions:
(follow these steps if you intend to freeze this meal before eating)

Step 1:

Brown the sausage

Step 2:

Place your sausage, rotel, cubed colby cheese and 1/2 c. Italian dressing in your gallon freezer bag, label and freeze!

*Notice that Jen made 4 of this dish as a part of her co-op. She gave her co-op group one frozen bag of the rotel, sausage, cheese etc. and one bag of uncooked pasta to make their dish.

Later this week Jen will be guest posting about co-ops and how to start your own!

Reheating directions (co-op directions):

Step 1: Thaw.

Step 2:

Boil pasta for 8-10 minutes and drain.

Step 3:

Add contents of bag to pot. May warm on low heat if desired. This dish may be served cold, just simply rinse pasta under cold water (we like our dish warm, with the cheese melted- we call it spicy mac and cheese!).

Step 4: Add your side dishes.
We added corn bread and loved it with this dish!

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!

Eating your dish tonight? Simply skip the freezing step and continue making your meal!

Our family LOVED this dish. Not only is it GREAT after being frozen, but it is also great as leftovers the next day. We added corn bread as a side and it completely fit the dish. It was a little spicy for our young daughters, but I made sure to pull out just noodles and sausage for them and leave the peppers for the adults.

I hope you enjoyed our first freezer meal recipe of the week. Remember that we are giving you a main dish recipe. You will want to make sure to add veggies/fruit/grains as a side for your family!

Plan on using this for your next freezer meal?

Leave us a comment and let Jen know that you enjoyed her recipe!


Tracy said...

Oh my gosh!!! This is amazing!!! Love this recipe. Can'w wait to lean more. I love your blog! Also looking forward to hearing about the co-op thing. That's something I would love to try if I knew how.

MommaHughes said...

Sausage looks so good right now. Maybe this is a sign that the morning sickness is going to let up soon. ;)

snbjork said...

We had this for dinner last night and I absolutely loved it. I didn't want to stop eating. Luckily there are leftovers for me to eat for lunch today. Thanks for the great recipe!

John and Alisha Stults said...

We loved this dish! We just had it last night. It was so easy to make too, so we'll be having it again and again. Thanks.

~Angela~ said...

One of my husband and my favorites!!! I can't believe how well it freezes! I love to serve it with cottage cheese.

I would love more freezer recipes if you've got them :)