Hey look! Apparently, way back in December 2013, I had thought about posting this and got distracted. Mommybrain, thy name is Honeybee.
This was a super-tasty recipe, which I liked making (and eating). It also made me smile because it marked the (slow) return of my ability to share my cooking with others (read: forcing friends to be my guinea pigs). I really enjoy that, so after months of barely feeling up to cooking for us, let alone others, it was a refreshing change. The idea was to create some freezer meals that we could just heat up quickly later when I went back to work, and to share the love with some of our dear friends who also welcomed a baby just four weeks and one day after G-man arrived!
The recipe really didn't take much modification on my part. It's posted here, from Canadian Living Cooks (they called it "Make-Ahead Baked Pasta... not descriptive enough. I like my title better). I think my only addition was some baby spinach wilted in before baking (you can see this in the pics, below). I felt like it needed some extra veg. Feeding a bubs with my own body made me somewhat nutrition-conscious!
Lastly: this meal was brought to you by Costco. I think only the garlic was purchased elsewhere. I love that store.
Noticing one more draft from months ago... perhaps for another night...
|The finished (if slightly blurry) product. Mmm, melted cheese.|
|Sooo, these are out of order. Deal with it. All packaged up, ready for the freezer, with reheating instructions written on the labels!|
|Recyclable (yay, no dishes!) aluminum baking trays, wrapped with plastic wrap (remove before baking!!) and wrapped again with aluminum foil. Freezer safe!!|
|Handwritten reheating instructions. Nobody has time to go back and check the online recipe!|
|Getting ready for packaging/baking. The white dish on the right was for our dinner that evening, the other two for later!|
|Adding in that baby spinach!|
|Pasta boiling, roasted tomatoes, garlic and sausage at the ready!|
|Words cannot adequately describe how AHMAZING this smelled. Roasted garlic, Roma tomatoes, and spicy Italian sausage. Yet another possible application for Smell-o-vision... or... Smell-o-internets? Nevermind.|
|Roasting off some sausage, fresh Roma tomatoes, and two HEADS of garlic. Yup, this isn't for a first date.|
|Mmm. Tasty tomatoes. These did take a bit of time to chop and seed, but it was WORTH it.|