Can you freeze plain cooked dried pasta?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.