Jennifer’s Pizza Pasta


We enjoy this pasta dish on our the gal’s in my co-op has made twice.  For my family, she even divides it into two meals, since one it too much.  I believe it makes a 9 x 13 inch size casserole.

Jennifer’s Pizza Pasta

1 box penne pasta

1 jar spaghetti sauce

6 oz. Italian blend cheese (3/4 bag)

3 oz. shredded Parmesan

½ bag pepperoni

Onion, garlic, bell pepper, mushrooms, and black olives to taste

Italian seasoning to taste

Sauté diced veggies in olive oil until tender.  Cook pasta and drain.  In a casserole dish, combine pasta, sauce, veggies, ½ the Italian cheese blend (reserving the other half for the top), Parmesan, pepperoni, and seasoning.  Sprinkle reserved cheese over the top and bake at 350 degrees until hot and cheese is melted.


Rhonda’s BBQ

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This is the BBQ recipe I made, froze, and took on the trip last weekend.  Everyone enjoyed it.  It is super easy because it uses the slow cooker!  I doubled it & froze some for our family to have later.  Why not?  It was just as easy to make 2 batches as it was to make one.


Beef & Pork BBQ
(16 servings)

1 1/2 lbs. stewing meat-cubed
1 1/2 lbs. pork
2 cups onions-chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar-packed
3 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup vinegar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
6 oz. tomato paste
pepper blend seasoning
onion salt

-In a large slow cooker, combine all ingredients.  Cook on low setting for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.  Shred with fork to break up pieces.  Serve on buns.
**May use all pork or all beef.  Pork may cook faster than the beef, so start the beef ahead of time, then add the pork. 

To Freeze: Allow BBQ to cool completely.  Spoon into freezer bags. 

 To Serve: Thaw overnight in fridge.  Reheat on stove top.


How to Start Your Own Freezer Swap


Lost of folks keep asking me how to start a co-op or how my freezer group works.  Its not as complicated as you might think.  Here are simple steps to get you started:

–Start asking around to see who might be interested. Ask lots and lots of different people, the families you think might be interested may turn out not to be.  Think outside the box.  Think friends, family, school people, church people, neighbors, etc…

–Have a planning meeting to decide exactly how you want your group to function.  Discuss guidelines, like portion sizes, foods that are taboo, how to package, etc…  Do a Google search for other groups guidelines for ideas.

–As a group, select some recipes to start with.  Remember that each cook will not be able to cater to every family’s specific tastes.  I post my favorite recipes here & on my Facebook page.  Once A Month Mom also has GREAT recipes.  I like to print out the recipe & multiply out the ingredients times six since there are six families in our group.

–Select a date, time, and place for your swap.

–Constantly review and re-evaluate. Vote on recipes & what you should do differently or better.

Bring the meals to the swap already frozen.  We bring our’s in coolers so that they stay frozen while we chat about the next swap.

Our group just recently created a group page on Facebook just for our swaps.  It is a closed group.  We sign up for the next swap there, we discuss the next date, and we post our recipes for everyone to use.

Hope this helps you!

If you have thoughts or questions, post them on my Facebook page @ Fearless Freezer Cooking!