Dinner nirvana is what happens when you walk in the door, all tired from work, and just a few minutes later you're snuggled up at the dinner table with a hot, saucy plate of pasta and a glass of red wine. With a little foresight and the help of your freezer, this weeknight heaven can be enjoyed any time you like.
All it takes is a double batch of pasta sauce, next time you cook one up. Eat half now and freeze the other half for later. Here are 10 recipes for delicious, freezable pasta sauces to help you achieve this weeknight heaven in a bowl.
Make Now, Freeze for Later
There are two ways to stock your freezer for quick pasta dinners. You could cook up a big batch on Sunday, portion out and freeze.
An even simpler way, though, is to make an excellent pasta with sauce for dinner one night this week, and make double the amount of sauce and freeze it for later. That way when you're in the mood for a saucy pasta, all you have to do is defrost and heat up what you already made. So easy!
Tips for Freezing Pasta Sauces
There are a couple things to consider when freezing sauces for pasta. First, cream-based pasta sauces don't do well in the freezer. Sauces with a small amount of cheese like pesto, however, are fine, although some people prefer to add the cheese after defrosting. If the sauce requires a little cream, just add it as you're reheating the sauce.
Most of these can be reheated directly from the freezer; just warm gently over low heat in a saucepan. Or you can thaw overnight in the fridge for quicker reheating the next day.
10 Pasta Sauces for Freezing
The following 10 heavily-sauced pasta recipes should last in your freezer for about 3 months, depending on how airtight the packaging is. We recommend using freezer-safe glass containers, or double layers of quart or gallon-sized freezer bags to store these sauces.
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