You can cook and freeze these dishes in advance

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Are you going to have a busy period? Save yourself some time in the kitchen and fill your freezer with some tasty fare. With this laundry list of dishes to freeze, that will be all right.

It is best to defrost the day before. Remove the desired dish from the freezer a day before you want to eat it and let it thaw patiently in the refrigerator.

Dishes to freeze

1. Oven dishes to freeze

Once your casserole has thawed, it’s best to cook it the same way you originally made the casserole. So in the oven, at the same temperature and for the same length of time as in the recipe you based yourself on.

  • Chicken soup in the shape of a casserole
  • Casserole of meatballs in tomato sauce (meatball bake)
  • Casserole with chorizo, potato and lentils from Crisp
  • South African casserole with minced meat and a turmeric custard
  • Oven dish with sweet potato, spinach and minced meat
  • Oven dish of leek and potato with romesco sauce
Oven dish with meatballs in tomato sauce

2. Pasta dishes to freeze

The same principle applies to these pasta dishes. Thaw them a day in advance in the refrigerator and put them in a preheated oven at the same temperature as in the recipe. For casseroles with cheese you could possibly add some fresh cheese before the thawed portion goes into the oven.

  • Rigatoni Al Forno (easy pasta casserole)
  • Vegetarian mushroom lasagna from Ottolenghi
  • Lasagna with ricotta, spinach and sausage
  • Ravioli lasagna in a frying pan (ready in 10 minutes)
  • Pasta dish from the oven with wild salmon
  • Mac ‘n cheese with kale
  • Jamie Oliver’s mac ‘n cheese with vegetables
  • Quick mac and cheese with broccoli
  • Easy mac ‘n cheese caprese
  • Baked spaghetti from the oven with chicken and bacon strips
Mac 'n cheese with kale

3. Pasta sauces to freeze

With these pastas it is best to just freeze the sauce. When you thaw the pasta sauce, you only have to cook pasta with it. So easy!

  • The real ragù alla bolognese
  • Pappardelle al ragù with beef
  • Pasta with lots of small meatballs
  • Pasta shells with tomato sauce, olives, capers and breadcrumbs
  • Tagliatelle with tomato anchovy sauce from Pasta Grannies
  • Simple pasta pesto with a winter pesto
  • Homemade basil pesto in 1 minute
pasta with lots of small meatballs

3. Meat dishes to freeze

Below is a selection of meat dishes that you can easily freeze. Also keep in mind that you prepare them in the same way as in the original recipe. Stews in a casserole, quiche in the oven. You can also freeze and thaw all other recipes for quiche .
  • Surinamese brown beans with bacon
  • Meatballs from the oven (with tomato sauce)
  • Homemade schnitzels
  • Ossobuco by Anthony Bourdain
  • Quiche with sun-dried tomatoes and raw ham
  • Quiche with bacon and caramelised onions from Sophie Dahl
Surinamese brown beans with rice and bacon

4. Rice dishes to freeze

Again, heat the rice in the same way you originally prepared it. To add more flavor you can always add more seasonings from the recipe, such as a little stock or parmesan with risotto.

  • Indian biryani with sweet potato and toasted almond
  • Yellow rice from the oven with chorizo, tomatoes and spinach
  • Potato risotto from the pantry
  • Mushroom risotto with pecorino
Potato risotto with chips

5. Soups to freeze

At Culy we like to pimp our soups with toppings for more texture. You can almost always freeze the soup yourself, but keep in mind that you do not want to freeze the toppings such as fresh herbs, nuts, croutons and cream cheeses. It is better to add them again after thawing for the best taste and texture.

  • Healthy cauliflower soup (with an Asian twist)
  • Red beet soup with apples, sour cream and dill
  • Quick carrot soup with mint and dukkah
  • Spicy Indian tomato soup with coconut milk
  • Oriental pumpkin soup with nuts
  • Moroccan soup (harira) with chickpeas and mint
  • Peanut soup with lemongrass, chili and bean sprouts
  • Turkish red lentil soup with mint, lemon and pul biber
  • Buttery pumpkin soup with miso
  • Soup with chickpeas and chestnuts
  • Corn soup with coconut milk and spices
Corn soup with coconut milk and spices

6. Snacks to Freeze

Making (frying) snacks yourself is often a time-consuming task. Our best tip is therefore to immediately make a large batch (do this together with someone and put on some music…) and freeze part of it. By the way, you don’t have to thaw them before you fry or bake them again. Keep the same temperature for this, but fry or bake them a little longer than a specimen that has already been thawed.

  • Traditional Indian samosas with green peas and potato
  • Vegan samosas with beetroot and walnut
  • Kibbeh (Lebanese bitterballen) with minced meat
  • Mac ‘n cheese bitterballen with mustard mayonnaise
  • Cheese croquettes with Le Gruyère AOP
  • Divine croquettes with Serrano ham and Manchego
  • Vegan gyoza with oyster mushroom, peanuts and chili oil
  • Make your own gyoza (dumplings)
  • Pierogi (Polish dumplings with potato and cheese)
make gyoza

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