Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rigatoni with Sausage and Peppers- OAMC (Meal in a Bag)

I love the convenience of those skillet meals-in-a-bag (think Skillet Sensations or Bertolli meals) but hate the sodium content...and the price!! Well, make your own! Easy, simple, and all set for a quick, homemade meal!

1/2 box Rigatoni Pasta (or shape of your choice)
2 Sweet (or spicy) Italian Sausage links
1/2C. Ricotta Cheese
1C. tomato sauce
Red, green, yellow pepper slices (amount to your liking)

Prepare the pasta shapes according to box directions. Drain, cool. When cool, scatter over a large cookie sheet covered in wax paper; freeze. (I coat mine with a little EVOO before freezing to help with sticking.)
Slice sausage into bite sized chunks. (Helps if the sausage is a little frozen...keeps it firm while slicing!) Brown in skillet. Allow to cool, then freeze.

Mix ricotta cheese and tomato sauce together. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. (may take a while!)

Slice peppers thinly and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Freeze.

When everything is frozen, place together in freezer bag.

When you are ready to cook, dump the contents of bag into a skillet over medium heat. Cover for 1-2 minutes, then stir. Continue to cook, stirring, until sauce cubes are completely melted and everything is heated through.

These also make wonderful gifts for giving to a new mom, homebound seniors, or anyone just needing a break from cooking!!

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE this idea - and this recipe!!!! Please keep these freezer bag recipes coming - I can use all the help I can get in the kitchen! (BTW, peppers and sausage are on sale at all my local groceries, so I think I may be stocking up on this one. . . good timing!)