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Can you freeze plain cooked dried pasta?

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thursday Sep 4, 2011 09:53 PM

My toddler likes pasta, but only eats a couple of tablespoons at a time, so I almost never make it because it's just too much of a pain. Can I make a big batch and freeze it in smaller portions, or will it just get mushy? I've frozen lasagnas before, but I assume sauce and cheese makes a difference.

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    escondido123 RE: thursday Sep 4, 2011 10:56 PM

    I get the feeling a toddler might not be that discriminating about texture. How about making some extra, freezing it and seeing what the reaction is?

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      sweetpotater RE: thursday Sep 4, 2011 11:09 PM

      One of the lunchbox-mom-bloggers suggested saucing pasta and freezing it in liners in a muffin tin. I tried that tonight and will let you know how it goes.

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        mickeygee RE: thursday Sep 5, 2011 07:56 AM

        I've never frozen, but it will fridge for a week. Do you eat pasta a lot ( our house does). If so, I would make a pound on the weekend, and then you can have if for your meals and your child's meals and not worry about freezing. I would think defrosting and reheating might take as long as cooking fresh.

        1. hotoynoodle RE: thursday Sep 5, 2011 12:53 PM

          plain pasta won't freeze well.

          if you're making pasta for the family, just keep some out for the little one before finishing the dish, then he/she can have some over the next couple days. totally not worth freezing bits.

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            Isolda RE: thursday Sep 5, 2011 01:48 PM

            Trader Joe's sells frozen cooked pasta that you just nuke when you need it. It's not great in texture or flavor, but it will do for a quick meal. If you don't want to buy theirs, then cook yours so that it's not quite done, spread it out on a baking tray, let it air dry a bit, then bag it in ziploc bags. When you need it, take a bag out, drop in a few drops of water and nuke it. Please note, I've never actually done this, but I'm thinking it would work at least as well as TJ's, which I have tried a couple of times.

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              Querencia RE: thursday Sep 5, 2011 02:00 PM

              Your baby might like orzo, which I have frozen cooked in the plastic cups margarine comes in. You could freeze it plain or with a little chicken stock from a box.

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