Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Freezer Spaghetti Sauce

When I first started doing freezer meals last year, I did a lot of research. I first tried doing the '30 meals in one day' type method of freezing meals, and it did NOT work for me. My kids were fussy, I forgot a few key ingredients, my kitchen look a tornado hit it, long story short, this was not the method for me. I gave up on Freezer meals for a while.... until one happy day when I stumbled upon Jenny Stranger's website (Freezer Dinner), and it was love at first sight! I really like her method of freezing meals, I tried and loved many recipes on her website before I bought her book Fabulous Freezer Meals. Today each week, my goal is to freeze two different food items, like casseroles, muffins, sauces, cookies dough, meats, etc. My freezer is stocked up! I use many recipes from her book (which are fabulous), and have adapted many of my family favorites to the freezer.

I am going to share with you today a new staple in my freezer, Spaghetti Sauce.  This recipe is from Jenny Strangers book Fabulous Freezer Meals. Before this book, I usually bought bottled sauce from the store, this is so much better; flavorful, delicious, and easy.
Freezer Spaghetti Sauce
Yield: 13 cups Sauce

2 onions, diced
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 cup crumbled bacon (I don't always put this in)
2 pounds Italian sausage
2 pounds browned hamburger
1 extra-large can (106 oz) tomato sauce, or 4 large (28 oz) cans spaghetti sauce
1 extra-large can (106 oz) deiced tomatoes, or 4 large (48 oz)
4 cans sliced black olives
3 TBS italian seasoning
2 TBS dried basil
salt and pepper to taste

Over medium-high heat, cook onions, garlic, sausage, and hamburger until onions are soft and meat is no longer pink. Remove pan from heat and drain grease.

Place meat back in pot and add tomato sauces, dices tomatoes, olives, and seasonings. Stir just until combined, then cool and place 4 cups in each gallon sized zip-top bag. Then label and freeze flat. I stack mine like bricks.
This makes a ton! I usually get 6-8 meals for my family. I love to make spaghetti, lasagna, and ravioli casserole with this sauce. Above is a picture of ravioli casserole made with this yummy spaghetti sauce, I will share that recipe next week!

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  1. Hey there! I'm NEW to your blog but love it! Found it on Home is where my story begins. Just started my own blog and would love if you would follow. Thank you and you are amazing!


  2. That sounds like a great recipe. And thank you for sharing how you stock up your freezer. I've already opened a tab to Freezer Dinner to see if it can help me. That old 30-meals-in-a-day method never seemed like it would work for me or our family.

  3. Oh I like this idea! I will have to try this soon. Thanks!
    Saw this on Its a Keeper Thursday.

  4. I have wanting to freeze my meals lately and this is perfect. thanks!

    new follower!

  5. Thanks so much..can'r wait to try this next week. New follower and lookig forward to checking out your blog.
    Happy Easter!

  6. I just made the freezer spaghetti if I could just find the frozen ravioli, I'd be all set! The sauce is SO delish!!!

  7. I just reviewed this recipe on my blog...two thumbs up!! :)


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