Homemade Pumpkin Puree (How to Cook a Pumpkin)

 

Homemade Pumpkin Puree!  This is easy to make and can replace canned pumpkin in any recipe.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree (How to Cook a Pumpkin)

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Ahh Pumpkin….  every fall I look forward to all things pumpkin including my delicious pumpkin spice latte and all of the cinnamon-y pumpkin desserts.

Most pumpkin desserts start with a can of pumpkin puree which is none other than cooked mashed pumpkin.  Did you know you can quickly and easily make your own at home?

It’s really quite simple to make and it’s really inexpensive!  The first thing you’ll notice is how beautiful the color is, more of a bright yellow than a deep rusty orange color and the flavor is wonderful.

When choosing your pumpkin, look for a small brightly colored pumpkin with little green or blemishes.  Be sure to choose a variety intended for cooking such as sugar pumpkins for the best flavor and texture.  A 5 pound pumpkin should give you about 2 cups of puree.

How to Cook a Fresh Pumpkin

Rating: 51

How to Cook a Fresh Pumpkin

Ingredients

Instructions

    To Bake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash pumpkin and cut in half. Remove seeds and pith.
  3. Place in a pan skin side up. I usually add a touch of water to the pan, about 1 cup or so.
  4. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake 60-75 minutes or until soft when pierced.
  5. Allow to cool and remove skin with a knife. Pumpkin can be cubed or pureed.
  6. To Boil
  7. Wash pumpkin and cut in half. Remove seeds and pith.
  8. Peel and cut into chunks. Place in a large pot and fill with water.
  9. Boil until pumpkin is soft (about 20 minutes). Drain.

Notes

If your puree is watery, it can be strained using cheesecloth or coffee filters in a colander.

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Pizza Pasta Bake

Pizza Pasta Bake!  This easy cheesy dish layers up pasta with a zesty fully loaded sauce & tons of gooey cheese!

Pizza Pasta Bake

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This is one dish the whole family will easily agree on!!  Pizza Pasta Bake is a super easy cheesy dish with layers of pasta & tons of gooey cheese!  Be sure to use a good quality  pasta sauce in this recipe…  and I’ve even been known to replace some of the pasta sauce with a small can of pizza sauce for a little bit extra kick!

This recipe is so easy and versatile, feel free to add in your own favorite toppings!  (If your toppings are watery like mushrooms, be sure to cook them first so your dish doesn’t become watery!).

Pizza Pasta Bake

Rating: 51

Yield: 8 servings

Pizza Pasta Bake

A delicious pizza inspired casserole! Feel free to add in your own favorite pizza toppings!

Ingredients

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  • 12 oz uncooked medium pasta (I used cavatappi but penne & rotini are also good choices)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 pound italian sausage (mild or hot)
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 4 cups pasta sauce
  • 2-3 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 28 slices pizza pepperoni

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according el dente to package directions. Rinse under cold water and drain well.
  3. Brown onion, garlic, sausage and beef in a large pan over medium heat. Drain any fat. Add in red and green peppers and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Add oregano, drained tomatoes and pasta sauce, stir well.
  4. Place pasta in a greased 9x13 pan. Pour meat sauce over pasta and top with cheese and pepperoni slices.
  5. Bake 35-40 minutes uncovered or until cheese is melted and pasta is heated through.
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How to Freeze a Casserole (and how to reheat it!)

How to Freeze a Casserole (and how to thaw and reheat it!)

How to Freeze a Casserole (and how to reheat it!)

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If you are looking to freeze meals ahead of time then you may be wondering where to even begin.  There are many reasons to start freezing meals ahead.  It’s a great way to save money and ensures that you will always have a meal on hand.  When it comes to the best meals to freeze, it’s always casseroles.  Casseroles are easily frozen and easily thawed and they also are meant to be a meal in one dish that can feed a crowd.  Turning your favorite recipe (casserole or not) into a freezer meal is really quite simple!  Read below for some great tips on how to freeze a casserole!

Step1.  Look through all of the ingredients and make sure everything can be frozen.

Here is a quick list of foods that should NOT be frozen (this is a general guideline, results will vary based on preparation):

  • Fresh vegetables with high water content: lettuce, and cucumbers, for example.
  • Soft cheeses with a high water content: Examples include cottage cheese &ricotta.
  • Food emulsions: Like mayonnaise and cream.

Step 2. Decide whether it is best to pre-cook or put it into the freezer raw.  (Generally speaking, meats used in a casserole should be cooked first.)

Step 3. Write a note on the frozen dish/bag/etc. including:

      • recipe title
      • instructions on how to cook the casserole on the “big day!’
      • date frozen

A note about freezing casseroles:

You may not to wish to freeze your casserole in a pan as the pan will be out of use (and stuck in the freezer) until the day you decide to eat it.  In that case, you can flash freeze the casserole in the shape of the pan and then freeze it in plastic wrap and foil.  Here’s how:

Line your casserole dish with aluminum foil and then add a layer of plastic wrap.  Leave extra hanging at the edges so that you can pull it over the top later.  Put the food in the dish and then put the dish in the freezer.  Once the food is frozen, pull the lined food out of the dish and wrap it up with the remaining wrap then put the pan-shaped food back into the freezer.

How to cook a Frozen Casserole

Remove the casserole from the freezer and into the fridge 24-36 hours before cooking.  Preheat oven and bake casserole loosely covered with foil as directed (I usually allow an extra 20 minutes depending on the density of the casserole).  The final temperature of a casserole should reach 160 degrees F.

 

More great tips here 

sources Good Housekeeping, Real Simple

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