Freezer Files: Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun Dried Tomatoes
I am back with another review of meals that I froze while waiting for JJ to arrive. In case you missed it, here was my first review. Next thing to come out of the freezer I found on Martha Stewart. There was a whole article on freezer friendly meals. Here is the original pin:
This one made enough for two (plus) meals in one batch. One to eat that night, and one to freeze for later. I apparently didn't take any pictures of the actual cooking, but I do remember it was very messy. I don't have a dutch oven, so I used a big pot and it still made a mess when I added the pasta into the mixture. And there were lots of pots, bowls, etc to clean.
Here is the one we ate the first night - in the oven
Here it is all baked up
And this is the one I froze.
The Verdict: It was pretty good. I was worried Joe wouldn't like it - he tends to want tomato sauce on pasta, but he really liked it. I think I would add more chicken next time (one pound just doesn't seem like enough for two plus meals). I also cut back on the garlic (the last Martha recipe I made had waaaay too much). Each tray was enough to make two meals each (for two people). It froze well - the one from the freezer tasted just as good as the fresh one - just keep in mind it takes a long time to bake if its not defrosted in the fridge first. Like I said, it was really messy, so something to make on a lazy Sunday when I have time - not something to try during the week.
Stay tuned - I think I have 2 more freezer files to review!