Recipe for crockpot Lasagna!!

Crockpot Lasagna

Crockpot Lasagna

If you are like our family, your days are packed with all kinds of activities and sporting events. Because of that, I have been dabbling with some crockpot recipes. I love to cook so it has been fun to try several different ones. So far, my favorite is this crockpot lasagna. It is super easy to make and only takes approximately 4-5 hours to cook.  It is absolutely delicious.

Here is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 tsp minced onions
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) Diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 10 uncooked lasagna noodles

Step 1 Cook sausage and hamburger over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage and hamburger are no longer pink; drain.

Step 2 In a separate pan add olive oil, minced onions, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried basil leaves, dried oregano leave, and salt. Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Now add sausage and hamburger mixture to same pan.

Step 3 Mix 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. (Remainder of mozzarella cheese will go on top after lasagna cooks, so put back in refrigerator)

Step 4 Spoon one-fourth of the sausage mixture into 6-quart slow cooker; top with 4-5 noodles (break into pieces to fit in crock pot) Spread with half of the cheese mixture and then 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with 4-5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining noodles and remaining sausage mixture.

Step 5 Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender. (It took mine approximately 4 hours)

Step 6 Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into pieces. Let me know what your thoughts are on this recipe?

Crockpot Lasagna
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
5 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
5 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  2. 1 pound hamburger
  3. 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  4. 2 tablespoons and 2 tsp minced onions
  5. 1 tsp minced Garlic
  6. 2 cans (15 ounces each) Diced tomatoes
  7. 1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  8. 1 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
  9. 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  12. 1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  13. 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  14. 10 uncooked lasagna noodles
Instructions
  1. Cook sausage and hamburger over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage and hamburger are no longer pink; drain.
  2. In a separate pan add olive oil, minced onions, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried basil leaves, dried oregano leave, and salt. Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Now add sausage and hamburger mixture to same pan.
  3. Mix 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. (Remainder of mozzarella cheese will go on top after lasagna cooks, so put back in refrigerator)
  4. Spoon one-fourth of the sausage mixture into 6-quart slow cooker; top with 4-5 noodles (break into pieces to fit in crock pot) Spread with half of the cheese mixture and then 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with 4-5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining noodles and remaining sausage mixture.
  5. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender. (It took mine approximately 4 hours)
  6. Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into pieces. Let me know what your thoughts are on this recipe?
Notes
  1. Serve with some garlic bread :)
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Freezer Ultimate Breakfast Burrito Recipe

Honestly the name of this recipe speaks for itself!! These truly are the ULTIMATE BURRITOS!! When we were putting these together it took all we had not to eat them immediately!  Jamie was so excited when one of them split while rolling it. BAM!! He got to eat that one! The kids have enjoyed them every morning (and even at lunch and dinner) since, and after 3 minutes in the microwave, we are eating good in the morning. 

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Freezer Ultimate Breakfast Burrito

The great thing about these are you can add or subtract ingredients to your liking. Like it hot, add some jalapenos. Don’t like the potatoes, drop ‘em like they’re hot. Think about your favorite omelette or scramble then roll it in a flour tortilla. Other possible additions could be mushroom, onions, jalapenos, and/or green peppers.   

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date. Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Makes 20-24
 
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Ingredients:
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 1 lb bacon (at least – we love bacon) 
  • 2 cups ham, diced very small 
  • 2 pound of red potatoes, cubed into bite size pieces
  • 16 oz cheese (any kind)
  • 24 soft flour tortillas (we used the bigger ones as they roll up easier, because we like ours full, lol)
  • 12 eggs, extra large (18 if you like eggs)
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced (optional)
  • Mushrooms (optional)
  • Jalapenos (optional)
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Freezer Meal Directions:
  1. Cook bacon, brown sausage, and fry up the ham. 
  2. Preheat oven at 450. Toss the potatoes with 1/3 c olive oil, salt, and pepper. Use additional seasoning if desired. Roast for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 
  3. Whisk eggs and 1/2 c milk in a bowl until well combined and then scramble. 
  4. Heat tortillas up for 15-30 seconds 
  5. Set up an assembly line with all the ingredients.
  6. Build your burritos – cheese, eggs, potatoes, meat, and more cheese (if you like cheese as much as we do)
  7. Fold in the sides of the tortilla, roll burrito up, pat firmly on top of the burrito to make sure the seam is on the bottom, and make sure burrito is tightly rolled. 
  8. Place burritos on a baking sheet and flash freeze the burritos for one hour.
  9. Remove from freezer and wrap burritos individually in sandwich freezer bags and then place in a gallon-sized freezer bag. 
  10. Remove burritos from wrapper, place in a wet paper towel, and cook for 3 minutes. 

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Here is how we assembled ours. . .cheese on the bottom and again on the top :-)

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These are amazing.  Five of them didn’t even make it in the freezer because everyone loved them so much :-)  Flash freeze them for an hour, then put them in individual storage bags and then into a gallon-sized freezer bag.  The next time we make this, we will double it, because we know this is a hit.  

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer Ultimate Breakfast Burrito Recipe
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
48 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
48 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb breakfast sausage
  2. 1 lb bacon (at least - we love bacon)
  3. 2 cups ham, diced very small
  4. 2 pound of red potatoes, cubed into bite size pieces
  5. 16 oz cheese (any kind )
  6. 24 soft flour tortillas
  7. 12 eggs, extra large (18 if you like eggs)
  8. 1/2 c milk
  9. 1/3 c olive oil
  10. salt and pepper
  11. 1 medium onion, diced (optional)
  12. Mushrooms (optional)
  13. Jalepenos (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon, brown sausage, and fry up the ham.
  2. Preheat oven at 450. Toss the potatoes with 1/3 c olive oil, salt, and pepper. Use additional seasoning if desired. Roast for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Whisk eggs and 1/2 c milk in a bowl until well combined and then scramble.
  4. Heat tortillas up for 15-30 seconds
  5. Set up an assembly line with all the ingredients.
  6. Build your burritos – cheese, eggs, potatoes, meat, and more cheese (if you like cheese as much as we do)
  7. Fold in the sides of the tortilla, roll burrito up, pat firmly on top of the burrito to make sure the seam is on the bottom, and make sure burrito is tightly rolled.
  8. Place burritos on a baking sheet and flash freeze the burritos for one hour.
  9. Remove from freezer and wrap burritos individually in sandwich freezer bags and then place in a gallon-sized freezer bag.
  10. Remove burritos from wrapper, place in a wet paper towel, and cook for 3 minutes.
Notes
  1. These are absolutely amazing.
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Freezer to Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Recipe

Do you love Buffalo Wings?! Well here you go, shredded chicken dripping with wing sauce on your favorite rolls are just as amazing as it sounds. Whether you go with sliders or bigger hoagies these sandwiches will be a crowd favorite for sure!! 

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Freezer to Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Recipe 

Let’s talk about how easy this dish is to put together. First trim the chicken and add to the bag. Then open the ranch seasoning packet, add it to the bag, and shake it up. Finally open the bag and add your favorite wing sauce, close, and freeze. 3 easy steps to amazing chicken wing heaven!! 

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

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Serves 8 
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 pounds Boneless Chicken Breasts 
  • 12-14 oz Buffalo Wing Sauce 
  • 1 packet Dry Ranch Dressing Mix 
Freezer meal directions
  • Place chicken, buffalo sauce, and ranch dressing in a gallon-size freezer bag. 
  • Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  • Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours and shred chicken with two forks 

We love to serve this with french fries or chips and celery sticks with ranch dip!!

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer to Crockpot Buffalo Chicken
Serves 8
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Total Time
6 hr 5 min
Total Time
6 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 pounds Boneless Chicken Breasts
  2. 12-14 oz Buffalo Wing Sauce
  3. 1 packet Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
Instructions
  1. Place chicken, buffalo sauce, and ranch dressing in a gallon-size freezer bag.
  2. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  3. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours and shred chicken with two forks
Notes
  1. We love to serve this with french fries or tater tots - YUMMY :-)
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NEW Make Ahead Freezer Meals – Meal Prepping!!

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Make Ahead Freezer Meals

We have added a few more Make Ahead Freezer Meals for all you busy families.  Almost all meals serve 6-8 so if you have a smaller family just divide them appropriately.  

Who has time to cook every night!! Not us, so for those nights we know there is NO way dinner is getting made we have FREEZER MEALS!! Everybody knows when their schedule is going to be CRAZY!  I do,  soccer nights or other extracurricular activity nights. Whatever your family has to do in the evenings, don’t let it handcuff you at dinner time. Just a little planning and a free day to prepare everything can bring simple, but good, hearty food back to your dinner tables. We spent just about 7 hours total, and prepared more than enough meals for all the busy nights in the next month (34 meals total). They are snuggled nicely in our freezer ready to be put in the oven or slow cooker, and WOW dinner, not fast food is on the menu tonight.  In addition, these meals are so much healthier than eating fast food :-)  

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Tips for Successful Freezer Meals:

  • Always mark your bags with the important information. Such as, which recipe it is, prep date, and cooking instructions.
  • Organize your freezer so you have room for your freezer meals to lay flat or stand together.
  • Make sure to take your meals out the night before to thaw so they are ready to be dumped in the crockpot the next morning. 

Below you will find 3 NEW Make Ahead Freezer Meals.  These are some of our favorites :-) 

Freezer To Crockpot Beef Stroganoff 

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Freezer To Crockpot Buffalo Chicken 

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Freezer To Crockpot Mongolian Beef 

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Freezer to Crockpot Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Until we tried this twist, we had only had beef stroganoff with ground beef. Once you try this one you’ll never go back, I mean WOW!! Another meal where strips of beef fall apart and just melt in your mouth. Beef in a crockpot for several hours just works!! And of course the gravy is unbelievable!! 

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Freezer to Crockpot Beef Stroganoff Recipe 

Putting this dish together takes some steps, but nothing to time consuming. In a large bowl mix the flour, salt, and pepper then dredge the roast thru to coat. Heat the oil in your pan and brown well on both sides. Set aside to cool and add the onions, mushrooms, and garlic to the pan and saute till softened. Then add the wine, beef broth, and mustard powder to the veggies in the pan bring to a boil and simmer loosening all the browning bits from the pan. Slice the roast into strips and when the sauce is cooled pour it over the meat in the bag, seal and freeze.

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

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Serves 6-8 
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds Beef Roast
  • 2 tablespoons flour 
  • Salt & Pepper 
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil 
  • 1 Medium onion, sliced 
  • 3 teaspoons minced Garlic or 3 garlic cloves 
  • 2 cups Mushrooms, sliced (optional) 
  • 1/2 cup Beef Broth 
  • 1 cup white cooking wine 
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder 
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
Freezer meal directions
  • In a large bowl, coat meat with flour, salt, and pepper. 
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add beef and cook until browned, turn as needed. 

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  • Remove beef from skillet and place on plate 
  • Add onions, garlic, and mushrooms to skillet and cook until they begin to soften. 

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  • Whisk together in a small bowl beef broth, wine, and ground mustard.
  • Pour beef broth mixture into the skillet.
  • Continue cooking until mixture comes to a simmer. Be sure to scrape all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan (this adds flavor) 
  • Allow to cool. 
  • Slice meat. 
  • Add all ingredients in a gallon-size freezer bag. 
  • Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  • Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours and shred chicken with two forks 
  • Add 1/2 cup of sour cream 15 minutes before you serve (optional) adds a little extra flavor 

Serve over egg noodles and a side of broccoli!! ;-)

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer to Crockpot Beef Stroganoff
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
6 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
6 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds Beef Roast
  2. 2 tablespoons flour
  3. Salt & Pepper
  4. 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  5. 1 Medium onion, sliced
  6. 3 teaspoons minced Garlic or 3 garlic cloves
  7. 2 cups Mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  8. 1/2 cup Beef Broth
  9. 1 cup white cooking wine
  10. 1 teaspoon mustard powder
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, coat meat with flour, salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add beef and cook until browned, turn as needed.
  4. Remove beef from skillet and place on plate
  5. Add onions, garlic, and mushrooms to skillet and cook until they begin to soften.
  6. Whisk together in a small bowl beef broth, wine, and ground mustard.
  7. Pour beef broth mixture into the skillet.
  8. Continue cooking until mixture comes to a simmer. Be sure to scrape all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan (this adds flavor)
  9. Allow to cool.
  10. Slice meat.
  11. Add all ingredients in a gallon-size freezer bag.
  12. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  13. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  14. Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours and shred chicken with two forks
Notes
  1. We love to serve this over egg noodles - DELICIOUS
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Freezer to Crockpot Mongolian Beef and Broccoli Recipe

This Mongolian Beef is an amazing dish. After hours in the slow cooker the flank steak just falls apart and melts in your mouth. It’s so delicious you’ll be going back for seconds, make plenty of rice!!

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Freezer to Crockpot Mongolian Beef and Broccoli Recipe 

This dish takes little prep to put it together. You want to slice the flank steak about 1/2″ slices across the grain. Then cut the long strips in half, so they are 1 to 2 inch chunks and coat them in the cornstarch before adding to the bag. In a separate bowl whisk all the other ingredients and pour into the bag, seal and freeze. 

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

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Serves 6-8 
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds Flank Steak, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch 
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 
  • ½ teaspoons mince Garlic or 1 garlic clove 
  • ½ teaspoons ginger powder or fresh ginger 
  • 3/4 cups Soy Sauce 
  • ¾ cups Water
  • ¾ cups Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups grated carrots 
  • ⅓ cups slice Green Onion 
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli 
Freezer meal directions
  • In a large bowl, coat flank steak in cornstarch.

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  • Combine remaining ingredients and place into gallon-sized freezer bag 

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  • Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  • Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until the beef is cooked 
  • Add broccoli 30 minutes before meal is done. 

We love to serve this over rice – DELICIOUS!!

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer to Crockpot Mongolian Beef
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ pounds Flank Steak, sliced
  2. 1/4 cup cornstarch
  3. 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  4. ½ teaspoons mince Garlic or 1 garlic clove
  5. ½ teaspoons ginger powder or fresh ginger
  6. 3/4 cups Soy Sauce
  7. ¾ cups Water
  8. ¾ cups Brown Sugar
  9. ½ cups grated carrots
  10. ⅓ cups slice Green Onion
  11. 1 bag steamfresh broccoli
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, coat flank steak in cornstarch.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and place into gallon-sized freezer bag
  3. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  4. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  5. Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until the beef is cooked
  6. Add broccoli 30 minutes before meal is ready to serve
Notes
  1. We love to serve this over rice - DELICIOUS!!
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Freezer to Crockpot Salisbury Steak Recipe

Salisbury steak is such a hearty meal. Another family favorite, like little hamburgers full of flavor. We love to make it but with busy schedules we often don’t have the time to come home and prepare it. This recipe makes this dish so easy to put on the table.

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Freezer to Crockpot Salisbury Steak 

Putting this dish together takes some steps, but nothing to time consuming. Mix the dry ingredients, egg, and burger. Form patties and dredge through the flour. Brown and cool. Prepare the au jus and mix in the soups. Cool and bag it up. This recipe make a creamy sauce that you usually don’t associate with salisbury steak, but it is so good. We put it on everything. Whip up a batch of mashed potatoes, steam some broccoli, and this dinner is ready to go. 

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Serves 6-8 
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 Pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 packet of onion soup 
  • 1/2 cup Italian Bread Crumbs 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Flour (to dip your patties into)
  • 2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Au Jus Mix Package 
Freezer meal directions
  • In a large bowl, mix together hamburger, onion  soup mix, bread crumbs, egg, and milk.
  • Form beef mixture into 8 to 10 patties
  • Dredge the patties in flour, just enough to coat

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  • Brown the patties on both sides (don’t fully cook as they will cook in the crockpot)
  • In a medium bowl, prepare the Au Juis mixture according to package instructions.
  • Mix in both cans of cream soup

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  • Place the patties in a gallon-size-freezer bag and then pour mixture over it. 
  • Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  • Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until the beef is cooked 

We love to serve this with mashed potatoes and a vegetable – DELICIOUS!!

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer to Crockpot Salisbury Steak
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Pounds lean ground beef
  2. 1 packet of onion soup
  3. 1/2 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/4 cup milk
  6. Flour (to dip your patties into)
  7. 2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  8. 1 Au Jus Mix Package
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together hamburger, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, egg, and milk.
  2. Form beef mixture into 8 to 10 patties
  3. Dredge the patties in flour, just enough to coat
  4. Brown the patties on both sides (don't fully cook as they will cook in the crockpot)
  5. In a medium bowl, prepare the Au Juis mixture according to package instructions.
  6. Mix in both cans of cream soup
  7. Place the patties in a gallon-size-freezer bag and then pour mixture over it.
  8. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  9. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  10. Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until the beef is cooked
Notes
  1. We love to serve this with mashed potatoes and a vegetable - DELICIOUS!!
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Freezer to Crockpot Smothered Pork Chops Recipe

Looking for a quick and delicious pork chop meal? Well here it is! This recipe has your favorite chops dancing with flavor and one the kids will love.

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Freezer to Crockpot Smothered Pork Chops Recipe 

Prep time on this recipe is fairly quick. Just open a couple of cans , drain the mushrooms, mix them in a bowl with the dry onion soup and it’s ready for the bag. Place the chops in, pour the gravy over and freeze. The gravy is fantastic on mashed potatoes and the chops are so tasty.

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Serves 6-8 
 
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Ingredients
  • 14-16 pork chops
  • 2 can condensed cream of mushroom soup 
  • 2 can condensed cream of chicken soup 
  • 2 packet Onion Soup Mix 
  • 2 can mushrooms, (4-7 oz) (optional)
  • 3/4 cup water x 2
  • salt and pepper 
Freezer meal directions
  1. Mix 1/2 of the ingredients in each gallon-size freezer bag – this makes 2 meals 
  2. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  3. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours 

We love to serve these with mashed potatoes, gravy from pork chops, and a vegetable – YUMMY!!

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer to Crockpot Smothered Pork Chops
Serves 6
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Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
7 hr 5 min
Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
7 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 14-16 pork chops
  2. 2 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  3. 2 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  4. 2 packet Onion Soup Mix
  5. 2 can mushrooms, (4-7 oz)
  6. 3/4 cup water x 2
  7. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix 1/2 of the ingredients in each gallon-size freezer bag - this makes 2 meals
  2. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  3. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours
Notes
  1. We love to serve these with mashed potatoes, gravy from pork chops, and a vegetable - YUMMY!!
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Freezer Meal Shopping List #3

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FREEZER MEAL SHOPPING LIST

Here is the shopping list for each individual meal or you can print the complete shopping list for all 6 Make Ahead Meals including chicken caccitore, smothered pork chops, mini chicken pot pies, salisbury steak, chicken parmesan, and Pasta Fagiola. The shopping list is broken down by categories, if you are planning on making all of them.  You will also want to make sure to purchase gallon-sized freezer bags and a black permanent marker.  It will take you approximately 1-2 hours to prepare these meals.  Most of these meals require very little prepping.  

If for some reason, I missed anything, please kindly comment below and I will make sure to add or delete. Please note, this is a work in process and something I hope we will all benefit from.   

How to Print Your Custom Shopping List:

  • Click on the box next to the meal you want.  
  • If you want all meals, click on the one that says  shopping list for all 13 meals (12 dinners/1 breakfast)
  • The list will be placed in your shopping list on the right-hand bottom of this site  
  • Once you are done making your list, click print and you are ready to go shopping – BAM – that’s all there is to it 

Shopping List for all 6 meals
Freezer Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Freezer to Crockpot Smothered Pork Chops
Freezer to Crockpot Chicken Parmesan
Freezer to Crockpot Salisbury Steak
Freezer to Crockpot Pasta Fagiola
Freezer to Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore




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Freezer Mini Chicken Pot Pies Recipe

Is there anything better than chicken pot pie? I don’t think so.  These mini loaves of goodness will make your mouth water. They are so good you’ll probably have to loosen your belt as well. Bake and enjoy!!

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Freezer Mini Chicken Pot Pies Recipe 

This meal takes some time to get together, but it’s worth it. Brown the chicken on both sides before adding the broth. Boil the chicken in the broth then set aside. Remove the broth to a large bowl and saute the celery, carrots, and onion. Then add flour to the butter and veggies to form a nice roux. Join your roux with the broth and milk, stir till thickened. Shred chicken with 2 forks, then combine with thickened sauce and refrigerate. Cut your pie crust tops and your ready. The great thing with this recipe is you DO NOT thaw them 1st and if you are like us, we have forgotten to get out a meal the night before. So for those unfortunate realizations this meal makes up for your mistake and will save that night’s dinner. 

For all freezer meals make sure to label your foil tops with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Each Serves 2-3 
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. boneless, chicken breasts
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/3 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 1/3 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup milk (we used 2%)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen petite peas
  • 15 oz. box Pillsbury Ready to Roll Pie Crust
Freezer meal directions
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

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  • Brown the chicken on both sides. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over medium-heat for approximately 8 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside to cool.
  • Pour the broth into a large bowl and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in the empty skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and carrots. Stir occasionally and cook until lightly browned.

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  • Add the flour to the vegetables and whisk for 1 minute. Add the broth and milk and whisk until it thickens a bit (will not get super thick), about 5 minutes or so. Set the sauce aside to cool.

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  • Using a fork, shred the chicken. 
  • Add the chicken to the sauce and mix well. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
  • Remove the 2 wrapped pie crust rolls from the box. Let the wrapped crust rolls sit out on the counter for 15 – 20 minutes. Unwrap one pie crust, unroll it on a flour dusted counter.

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  • Turn an empty mini loaf pan over on the pie dough and cut around it.  Repeat with the 2nd pie dough. Cut 3 steam vents in each crust.

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  • Remove the vegetable/sauce mixture from the refrigerator and mix in the frozen peas.
  • Spoon the mixture into 4 mini loaf tins evenly.
  • Top each with a vented pie crust.
  • Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 2 months)
  •  No need to thaw out the chicken pot pie! Unwrap the pot pies. Place them on a sheet pan. If you want to brush the tops with egg wash, do it now. 
  • Reuse the foil to loosely cover the chicken pot pies. Cook at 400 F for 40 minutes. Uncover and cook for 35 minutes. If the center of the crust looks like it needs to be cooked longer, turn the oven to broil and watch it carefully for up to 1 minute as it will brown the crust quickly.

We love to serve this with butter and crackers.

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Serves 2
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. boneless, chicken breasts
  2. Salt & Pepper
  3. 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  4. 4 cups chicken broth
  5. 2 Tablespoons butter
  6. 1 1/3 cup sliced carrots
  7. 1 1/3 cup finely diced celery
  8. 1/2 cup flour
  9. 1/4 cup milk (we used 2%)
  10. 1 1/2 cups frozen petite peas
  11. 15 oz. box Pillsbury Ready to Roll Pie Crust
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Brown the chicken on both sides. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over medium-heat for approximately 8 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside to cool.
  3. Pour the broth into a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in the empty skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and carrots. Stir occasionally and cook until lightly browned.
  5. Add the flour to the vegetables and whisk for 1 minute. Add the broth and milk and whisk until it thickens a bit (will not get super thick), about 5 minutes or so. Set the sauce aside to cool.
  6. Using a fork, shred the chicken.
  7. Add the chicken to the sauce and mix well. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
  8. Remove the 2 wrapped pie crust rolls from the box. Let the wrapped crust rolls sit out on the counter for 15 - 20 minutes. Unwrap one pie crust, unroll it on a flour dusted counter.
  9. Turn an empty mini loaf pan over on the pie dough and cut around it. Repeat with the 2nd pie dough. Cut 3 steam vents in each crust.
  10. Remove the vegetable/sauce mixture from the refrigerator and mix in the frozen peas.
  11. Spoon the mixture into 4 mini loaf tins evenly.
  12. Top each with a vented pie crust.
  13. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 2 months)
  14. No need to thaw out the chicken pot pie! Unwrap the pot pies. Place them on a sheet pan. If you want to brush the tops with egg wash, do it now.
  15. Reuse the foil to loosely cover the chicken pot pies. Cook at 400 F for 40 minutes. Uncover and cook for 35 minutes. If the center of the crust looks like it needs to be cooked longer, turn the oven to broil and watch it carefully for up to 1 minute as it will brown the crust quickly.
Notes
  1. We love to serve this with crackers and butter!
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