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 asparagus—green 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.