Make sure you carefully follow Freezing tips. Everything should be cooled down before it's put into the freezer, and every piece of frozen food should be tightly wrapped and well marked. Keep a notebook by your freezer and use it to keep track of the food in your freezer.
For each of these recipes, prepare the ingredients as directed except leave out the frozen ingredients. Cool the recipe in the refrigerator, stir in the frozen ingredients, then pack, wrap, label, and freeze the food. And remember never to partially cook and freeze meat (it should be fully cooked, always, before being frozen), don't let food stand at room temperature for more than two hours, and when you thaw casseroles in the microwave oven, you must cook it thoroughly immediately.
Enjoy these easy frozen casseroles this holiday season. Make one, two, or ten (follow Once a Month Cooking instructions), and make your life easier.
Make Ahead Freezer Meals
- Veggie Jambalaya
True jambalaya uses sausages, shrimp and chicken. This rich vegetarian recipe version uses beans to provide meaty texture and flavor - with no meat, and it freezes beautifully.
- Veggie Pasta Shells
Freeze these jumbo stuffed shells either in a casserole covered with sauce, or freeze the individual shells in small bags without the sauce. That way you can take out one or two and zap in the microwave for a fast lunch.
- Freezer Chili
This easy recipe freezes very well and it's absolutely delicious. Make a double or triple batch; it's like insurance in your pocket.
- Chicken Potato Casserole
This comforting, old fashioned recipe is wonderful for a cold winter's night. Make two or three and freeze them, marked and well wrapped, for dinner on night's when you're just too tired to cook. They'll go straight in the oven while frozen and bake to perfection.
- Chili Rice Casserole
This five ingredient casserole is rich and hearty. If you're going to freeze it, undercook the rice a bit, as freezing will soften the rice.
- Vegetable Chicken Casserole
To retain the color, texture, and flavor of the vegetables, they are stirred, still frozen, into the cooled casserole. This hearty frozen recipe is delicious.
- Updated Meatball Stew En Casserole
I remember eating and making this old fashioned recipe many times when I was young. Your family will love it. It's one of the best frozen recipes that reheats to bubbly perfection.
- Red and White Tortellini
Assemble this casserole using frozen tortellini; don't thaw them. Then wrap and freeze. Thaw overnight in the fridge, then sprinkle with cheese and bake as directed. Yum.
- Alpine Meatballs
These easy meatballs have Swiss cheese and celery leaves to add fabulous flavor and moistness. Serve this casserole with a green salad and some breadsticks for a hearty meal in minutes.
- Wild Rice Turkey Bake
Just five ingredients make this delicious casserole super easy. Yet it tastes very rich and complicated, perfect for entertaining.
- Sicilian Supper
Ground beef cooks with spices and tomato sauce and is layered with noodles covered in a cream cheese sauce. This is one of my favorite casseroles; it freezes very well.
- Filo Sausage Egg Bake
Working with filo dough is easy and fun. This frozen casserole bakes up crisp, brown, savory and delicious in about an hour.
- Santa Fe Chicken
If your family likes Tex Mex food, they will love this casserole. It's creamy, rich, and delicious, with a perfect combination of flavors and textures.
- Ham Stuffed Manicotti
Tender manicotti noodles are stuffed with a Swiss cheese and ham blend, then swathed in a creamy cheese sauce. Frozen ahead of time, it's perfect for a busy weeknight.
- Vegetarian Lasagna
This casserole can be frozen and then baked in the oven, or frozen and then cooked in your crockpot. Either way, it's delicious!
- Pizza Spaghetti Style
This is another old family favorite. It cuts beautifully into squares and tastes just like pepperoni pizza.
- Chicken Rococco
I serve this recipe often to company. It freezes well, thaws well, and reheats beautifully.
- Microwave Spaghetti
You can thaw and cook this simple recipe in the microwave oven. Make three or four batches and you can forget about cooking once a week during the holiday season.