Make-Ahead Freezer Meals 101

Make-Ahead Freezer Meals 101

March 17, 2014 – Hi! I’m Tiffany and I’m so excited to be sharing with you here today! I’m a food blogger at Eat at Home and I love creating family recipes that are easy to fix. Getting dinner on the table at the end of a long day doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it shouldn’t be!

On my last trip to ALDI, I was inspired to create this meatloaf. Fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, ground beef and marinara had made their way into my cart like they were begging to be combined into this recipe. The Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Meatloaf is simple to put together. As a bonus, it freezes great! I was able to put this meatloaf together in about 15 minutes and it was ready to go in the freezer.

The night before I wanted to bake it, I set it in the fridge to thaw. It was still a bit frozen when it came time to put it in the oven, but no worries. I gave it an extra half hour of baking time and it came out perfect. My kids loved this meatloaf, especially my teenage boys. They each had another slice before bed to stave off hunger in the night. Those boys can put away the food!

Here’s what you’ll need to make Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Meatloaf:
Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Meatloaf

2 lbs. very lean ground beef
3 eggs
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup diced onions
25 oz. jar marinara, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
3 oz. turkey pepperoni

  1. Combine ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, onions, 1/3 cup of marinara, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning. Mix well.
  2. Form about half of the meat into an oval shape with a shallow place in the center. Place in casserole dish or foil pan.
  3. Layer pepperoni slices and half of cheese slices on the meatloaf.
    Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Meatloaf
  4. With the remaining meat, form the top half of the meatloaf. Seal the edges with your hands.
  5. Pour the rest of the marinara over the meatloaf.
    Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Meatloaf
  6. Cover pan with foil and label – “Thaw and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours”
  7. The night before you’re ready to enjoy, remove your meatloaf from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
  8. Once thawed, bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 2 hours – just like your note says!
  9. If desired, uncover meatloaf and use remaining cheese slices to top meatloaf during last 5 minutes of baking.
  10. Slice and serve.

Photos by Tiffany King for Eat at Home.

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7 thoughts on “Make-Ahead Freezer Meals 101

  1. Barb

    Just made the above with some organic grass fed beef from Aldis. It was wonderful. Can’t say enough good things. Only problem, went back today to get more and none there. I live in the Wilmington Ohio area and would LOVE to see the organic emphasis continue. Please continue to stock organic beef in our area. :)

    1. ALDI USA Post author

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the SimplyNature Fresh 85% Lean Organic Grass Fed Ground Beef. The inventory in our stores can vary by location and our Special Buy items are only available for a limited time. Please contact customer service http://bit.ly/aldicustserv for product availability.

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