Freezer Meal Recipes: Homemade Lasagna

January 20, 2013 30 Comments | Disclosure

Freezer Meal Recipes save so much time and money!

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It is fun to get a group together to cook freezer meals. Sometimes I just double or triple a favorite recipe so I can put some in the freezer for a busy night.

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You can see that I cooked the noodles here, but you can get away with baking your lasagna with hard noodles if you add extra water to the sauce. So that is the way I wrote the recipe. I will save you time, dishes and hassle!

Freezer Meal Recipes: Homemade Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 24 pieces lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 2 jars (24 oz. each) spaghetti sauce (I like Prego)
  • 32 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese Cheese Coupons
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons oregano
  • 4 teaspoons basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. This recipes is for two 13x9 pans of Lasagna.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F.
  3. Brown meat in large skillet on medium-high heat.
  4. Mix 2-1/2 cups mozzarella, ricotta cheese, spices and egg until well blended; set aside.
  5. Drain meat; return to skillet. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Add 1 cup water to empty sauce jar; cover with lid and shake well. Add to meat mixture; stir until well blended. Spread 1 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish; top with layers of 3 lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1 cup meat sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce and cheeses. Cover with foil sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Bake 1 lasagna right away for 1 hour or until heated through, removing foil after 45 min. Let stand 15 min. before cutting to serve. Serve that night.
  7. Cover the second lasagna with plastic wrap and then foil and put in your freezer. To prepare after freezing let thaw and cook for 1 hour or cook from frozen for 1.5 - 2 hours.
  8. TIP: We added extra water to the sauce so we would not have to cook the noodles and the extra water would allow them to cook while baking. My picture shows pre-coooked noodles because I forgot about this tip the day I made these.
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Comments

  1. I NEVER make only one lasagna! Since I often give the extras to hungry young nephews or friends with newborns, I stock up on the foil 1/2 steam tray pans from Smart & Final (a restaurant supply-style store). They are fairly inexpensive so I don’t worry about getting pans back. *Just be sure to start the instructions for reheating with “Place on a cookie sheet” because they can warp a bit when heavy.

  2. This recipe is similar to my mom’s famous recipe. I have never cooked lasagna noodles in my life, don’t know why anyone would.

    Never really thought I could freeze a lasagna but makes sense. I’ll have to try this. Thanks!!

  3. do the oregano, basil, garlic, salt & pepper go into the ricotta mixture or into the meat?

  4. So I decided to give this ago as I’ve never made lasagna before and thought what the heck, what’s the worst that could happen. A LOT, I followed this recipe to a T even though I spotted a booboo right away. Parsley is not in the ingredients list yet states it should be mixed into the Ricotta mixture. What the hell, I’ll throw it in anyway. Because I followed the recipe I used extra water to cook noodles in the baking process. When I pulled it out after the hour It looked beautiful, I really mean it too! HOWEVER, the noodles were NOT cooked at all. I just put the foil back on it and threw it back into the oven in hopes of salvaging dinner otherwise we’ll have nothing but garlic bread. A lot of home made sauce went into this recipe and I’m unsure how this recipe (as listed) could possibly work. So disappointed :(

    • Sonia- I am so sad to hear that this did not work out for you? I have been trying to figure out why? Maybe your sauce was too dry? Maybe it was the type of pasta that you bought? This has worked for me dozens of times. I am so sorry that it did not work for you.

  5. Sorry if I missed it. But how much water would this recipe for two lasagna pans have if you used uncooked noodles? Thanks!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Hi! I just made some lasagna for the first time, (my recipe was almost just like yours). It’s now done cooking and I realized that’s a lot of food! I’ll be eating lasagna all week ( which I suppose isn’t all that bad!) but I thought, I wonder if I could freeze half of it? Is that possible? To freeze half of a cooked lasagna? I don’t know how freezing works really… Would it be soggy, or weird tasting if it’s already cooked before I freeze it?
    Btw, I’m going to browse around your site some more– I like this idea of freezer cooking, don’t know why I’ve never done it! Thanks for any input! :-)

  7. Rosanne says:

    I am doing a fundraiser that will go towards our adoption of a little one and I came across your website! Thank you so much! I had planned on selling lasagna dinners to my family and friends and I wasn’t sure how to do it without freezing it! Could you also use the oven-ready noodles and still be able to freeze it well?

  8. The recipe calls for 2 jars (28 oz) of spaghetti sauce. Does that mean 56 oz all together or is it 28 oz all together?

  9. Hey was wondering how much parsley to use because it is not shown in the ingredients list but it says….
    Mix 2-1/2 cups mozzarella, ricotta cheese, PARSLEY and egg until well blended; set aside.
    and is it dry, or flat-leaf italian??
    -Thanks,

    • It should read spices not parsley. Sorry about that. You just add the other spices listed in the recipe at this point. :)

    • I wondered that too, I think it could be read either way (*two jars, totaling 24 oz*, or *two 24 oz jars*). I think they mean it is two 24-oz jars, totaling 48 oz.

      • Great question ab. It is 2 jars each 24 oz. I fixed it above. Thanks for your feedback. I agree that was a little confusing.

  10. Could you please clarify for me, if the noodles go into the freezer UNCOOKED, then do you use the regular noodles (that you would normally boil, but in this case won’t), or do you use the no boil noodles that you would normally just put right into the oven uncooked? I usually just freeze my lasagna after I cook it, and being lazy I always use the no boil noodles. Thanks!

    • Yes. You can put them in uncooked, its easier. It has been my experience that either noodle will cook just fine when frozen thawed and baked.

  11. About how long does this take to cook once frozen?

  12. Hello
    I can’t wait to try the recipe. Quick question
    The extra water is added to the sauce before its all put together right? What type of noodles did you use?
    If I choose to cook my noodles before, what would I change in the recipe?
    Thank you

    • Jodie-

      You do add the extra water to the sauce when you put it together.

      I just use regular noodles, but you can use any kind.

      If you cook noodles before than just don’t add the extra water. That is the only change. But you will want to under cook them slightly so they do not get too soggy when you reheat.

      Good luck! Hope you love the freezer meal lasagna!

  13. Could you add spinach to the lasagna? Would it freeze and reheat ok? Thanks!

    • I did not add spinach to this lasagna. But I think it would freeze and reheat fine. If it is fresh lasagna I would recommend blanching it first.

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