If you need to take a dish to a Christmas function, but know you won’t have time to cook anything at the time, why not cook it sooner and freeze it? Then just pull it out of the freezer in time for the event – a great back up for unexpected visitors over the holiday season, too. This is an easy to make lasagne that freezes nicely…
Easy, prepare-in-advance lasagne
2kg mince meat plus 2 large jars of prepared sauce and 1 large tin tomato puree*
4kg cheese – a combination of two works well, especially if one is mozzarella for the stringy effect!
2kg penne, ziti or other tube pasta
make a layer of meat sauce
cover with pasta
cover with cheese
cover with sauce
repeat until the pan is full and/or you run out of ingredients, but make sure cheese is the top layer. Wrap tightly and freeze.
Bake at 180 C for about 30 minutes, plus 5 minutes uncovered – longer if cooking from frozen.
* If you have time, add chopped vegies into the sauce for more flavour and to make it a complete meal when serving it.