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Healthy Hidden Veggie Pasta

Our Healthy Hidden Veggie Pasta makes an easy and family friendly meal you can throw together to enjoy for lunch or dinner. Brimming with tomatoes, summer squash, ground beef and whole wheat macaroni no one is going to leave the table hungry after this is served up!
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Healthy Hidden Veggie Pasta

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 teaspoon mince Garlic, Cloves
  • 8 ounces Diced Tomatoes, Canned
  • ¼ teaspoons Onion Powder
  • ⅛ teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Basil, Dried
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 1 cup cook Ground Beef
  • 8 ounces Elbows, Whole Wheat
  • 1 ½ cups dice Squash, Yellow
  • Serving Day Ingredients

    These ingredients are added AFTER your meal has been frozen — for the day you serve and eat it.

  • ¼ cups Parmesan Cheese, Grated

Freezer Containers

  • 1 Gallon Freezer Bag
  • 1 Quart Freezer Bag

Supplies

  • Labels

Nutritional Information

  • Not available.

Make It Now Cooking Directions

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. Bring a salted pot of water to a boil and add pasta.
  2. Cook pasta for 2 minutes, then add squash.
  3. Cook another 5-7 minutes (depending on pasta shape) or until pasta is tender. Drain pasta.
  4. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  5. Add diced tomatoes, onion powder, and red pepper and cook 2-3 minutes until bubbling. Stir in basil, salt, pepper and ground beef.
  6. Combine pasta and sauce and reheat.
  7. Garnish with Parmesan cheese as desired.

Freeze For Later Cooking Directions

These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. Bring a salted pot of water to a boil.
  2. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, onion powder, and red pepper and cook 2-3 minutes until bubbling. Stir in basil, salt, pepper and ground beef.
  4. Add pasta to boiling water, cook 2 minutes, then add squash.
  5. Cook another 5-7 minutes (depending on pasta shape) or until pasta is tender. Drain pasta.
  6. Divide pasta/squash into the same indicated number of gallon freezer bags.
  7. Divide sauce among quart freezer bags and place inside bag with pasta. Label and lay flat to freeze.

Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. Combine pasta and sauce and reheat.
  2. Garnish with Parmesan cheese as desired.

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