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{Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Spaghetti-No’s Recipe

spaghettino1 {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Spaghetti No’s Recipe

Welcome to week one of the 8 week series- Freezer to Lunch Box. Each week I will take you through a recipe to change processed lunchtime favorites into homemade goodness. All of which are multiple serving, kid friendly and freezer safe meals.  I think most moms can say they look back on childhood bowls of tomato sauce laced pasta from a can with a smile. But moms today are always looking for ways to cut out fat, sugar, and preservatives from their kid’s diet. I cringe at the thought of what’s in those cans, and I just can’t spoon it into their bowls.  So I set out to find a version that tasted similar but was missing non-essential add-ins.   I think we have a winner folks….

spaghettinos ingredients {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Spaghetti No’s Recipe

Spaghetti-No’s

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked ditalini pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tsp. garlic salt
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 ½ tsp. oregano
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Prepare pasta according to package directions.  Set aside.  Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large sauté pan over medium heat; add garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, and butter.

Heat, while stirring, until butter is melted. Stir in milk, turn down to low.  Simmer for 6-8 minutes.

spaghettinos cooking sauce {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Spaghetti No’s Recipe

Stir in shredded cheddar until completely melted.  Add drained pasta to sauce mixture.

Allow to cool and ladle into sandwich- sized freezer bags.  Will make 6-¾ cup portions. Flatten bags, label with date and name of dish. Freeze. Remove from freezer the night before, in the morning pour bag into tightly sealing lunch container. This dish is delicious cold, room temp, or heated up. To serve hot at lunch; fill thermos with boiling water, close lid, allow to sit for 10 minutes, pour out water. Heat mixture in microwave and add to heated thermos. Will keep warm for several hours.

spaghettinos freezer meal {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Spaghetti No’s Recipe

Spaghetti-No’s Recipe

spaghettino1 {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Spaghetti No’s Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked ditalini pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tsp. garlic salt
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 ½ tsp. oregano
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large sauté pan over medium heat; add garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, and butter.
  3. Heat, while stirring, until butter is melted. Stir in milk, turn down to low. Simmer for 6-8 minutes.
  4. Stir in shredded cheddar until completely melted. Add drained pasta to sauce mixture.
  5. Allow to cool and ladle into sandwich- sized freezer bags. Will make 6-¾ cup portions. Flatten bags, label with date and name of dish. Freeze.
  6. Remove from freezer the night before, in the morning pour bag into tightly sealing lunch container. This dish is delicious cold, room temp, or heated up.
  7. To serve hot at lunch; fill thermos with boiling water, close lid, allow to sit for 10 minutes, pour out water. Heat mixture in microwave and add to heated thermos. Will keep warm for several hours.
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 {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Spaghetti No’s Recipe

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comments { 3 Comments }
  • Gianna - July 18, 2013 @ 6:13 pm 1

    I love ditalini, they are one of my favorite pastas. I didn’t grow up on spaghetti-o’s, though this recipe sounds worth trying. Thank you for sharing :)

  • Pudding - July 19, 2013 @ 11:10 am 2

    That’s fantastic, thanks for share. I do have a question; what do you add sugar for?

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