Freezer Meals - Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake
1. Grill Chicken
I marinated three boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a simple balsamic vinaigrette (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil) for maybe 45 minutes, then grilled until done. Cut or slice chicken into small pieces that can be tossed with pasta.
2. Make Fettuccine Alfredo
Because I wasn't fully prepared, I ended up having to make three separate batches of noodles, because I didn't have any two boxes of the same thing! So I had one package of actual fettuccine noodles, one package of linguine and one package of some veggie-infused pasta. You can really use whatever you want. I made about a quadruple batch of the Alfredo sauce, I realized...which was probably good so that the freezer meals could have a little extra liquid in them, since some of it will probably bake off. You can use the Alfredo Sauce recipe I posted from my Alfredo Lasagna Primavera recipe:
3. Add Veggies, Toss, and Add Cheese
I steamed some broccoli while I was cooking the pasta and tossed that and the chicken along with the noodles. I made two freezer meals, which I placed in 9x13 foil pans. After filling the pans with the pasta and whatnot, I topped with a thin layer of mozzarella cheese. I then covered the freezer meals with a couple of layers of foil and placed in the freezer.
4. Bake and Enjoy!
I don't know for sure, because I haven't tried it, but I assume the best way to cook the freezer meals is to thaw overnight in the refrigerator then bake, covered, for one hour at 350 degrees, or until the sauce is bubbly. Since I hadn't tried baking the fettuccine Alfredo before, I decided to try it for that night's meal, too. I put some of the pasta in two small baking dishes and covered with mozzarella cheese. I baked them, uncovered, along with some garlic bread, just until the cheese was melted. Then I broiled it for a couple of minutes to make the cheese bubbly and to brown it a bit. Since I had some fresh parsley growing in the garden, I topped it with that.
|The mess didn't take as long to|
clean up as I expected!
**Freezer Meal Recipe Ideas**
I'll post here links to other recipes that I think would freeze well, for your reference (and mine, too!):
Easy Garlic Bread - I actually made/froze this this weekend, too!
Cheesy Vegetable Soup
White Turkey Chili
Alfredo Lasagna Primavera
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
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