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Italian Meatball Casserole

We were craving some good Italian food last night so I decided to make a casserole using our freeze-dried Italian meatballs. Yes, that’s right, freeze-dried Italian meatballs in a #10 can.

Here’s what you need: 1 lb (4 cups) pasta (You can use whatever you have – I always like to use a couple of different kinds for variety), 1-½ cup freeze-dried Italian meatballs, 1 can or jar of spaghetti sauce (about 2 cups), 3 cups freeze-dried mozzarella cheese (I was out so I used regular this time around), 1 cup freeze-dried vegetables (use whatever you have, I had zucchini and asparagusgreen beans, etc. would work), salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the pasta. While it’s cooking, reconstitute the meatballs and veggies. I like to “stir” the freeze-dried products halfway through this process. Otherwise, the food on top doesn't really get enough of the water. Also, the meatballs will turn out better if you drain some of the water after about 5 minutes and replace it with some additional hot water. The pasta should be about ready. Drain the pasta and the freeze-dried food.


Lightly grease the bottom of a casserole dish. Now layer half the ingredients in this order: pasta, meatballs, veggies, sauce and cheese. Repeat. Now put salt, pepper, and seasonings on top. Bake in oven for about 35-40 minutes. It really turned out well, and I accompanied it with some great tasting powdered milk. Enjoy.

5 thoughts on “Italian Meatball Casserole”

  • houstonmom

    Once you open the meatball can, how quickly do you have to use the remaining amount? Thanks.

  • Scott

    I tried this and it was great!!! Thanks for the useful recipe!

  • Anonymous

    We use freeze-dried stuff all the time. Freeze the remaining amount in zip lock bags and it last a while. We've used things up to 6 months.

  • Anonymous

    I opened a can about 2 months ago and kept the extra in a plastic bag in the can. Just used some the other night and it was great. I think it will last a while if you keep it cool and dry.

  • Emergency Essentials®

    We have a new post (6-18-2009) discussing how long dehydrated and freeze-dried food lasts after opening. It will help to answer your questions about how quickly you should use your food after is has been opened.

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