Freezer diving – A Homemade Frozen almost ready meal…

My baby boy is home for Christmas and I am running round like a maniac trying to get everything sorted, so the last thing I needed was a hugely complicated meal to do.

So in my freezer I keep a couple of tubs of homemade pasta sauces, they taste great and have no weird additives and are cheep to make – what’s not to like 😋

(Pics are from a previous batch)

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I make the sauce in the Thermomix, and start by peeling a medium onion and 2 fat cloves of garlic, tip these into the bowl and blitz for 5 seconds on speed 7 – scrape down the bowl, add a stick of celery, chopped into about 3 pieces and a small Carrot, topped and tailed but no need to peel, again, chopped into a few bits. Blitz again for a few seconds on speed 7, scrape down again and add a good glug of olive oil, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, heat 100 speed 1.

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Next add a tin of chopped tomatoes, a good squeeze of tomato purée and a healthy shake of oregano, cook again at heat 100 for 10 minutes, speed 1.

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At this point taste and adjust the seasoning, it might need a pinch of sugar if the tomatoes are acidic, but most tinned tomatoes aren’t.  I blend for a few seconds at speed 4, just to mix in the veg, then either use immediately or pour into freezer proof jars or soup bags – mark up and bung in the freezer.

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For tonight, I am gently frying some Meatballs and some finely chopped onion, when the meatballs are browned, add the sauce, stir,cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

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Cook the pasta to taste, then add the strained pasta into the tomato sauce, stir through and plate up, adding grated Parmesan and maybe a glass of red wine 🤗

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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