I know many of you are looking at that title and thinking, “Freezer Meal Friday? Since when do we have that?” Since now! This is something I’ve been thinking about and planning for quite a while. Zach and I have gotten into freezer meals lately (yes, I realize we’re a bit late to the game) and they are WONDERFUL. Just freeze, store, and dump when you’re ready. So I prepared a bunch of freezer meals that I had intended to only feature once. But then I thought, “What if I did one freezer meal per week?” So over the course of May, I’m going to post a freezer meal every Friday. If you like it, I’ll make it a permanent part of my schedule. So let me know how you feel about this in the comments!
Today’s freezer meal: Crock Pot Pizza Soup.
Crock Pot Pizza Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 cans diced tomatoes (or 2 lbs fresh tomatoes, diced)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- pepperoni, diced
- pizza toppings (olives, mushrooms, peppers, sausage, etc.)
- 1 1/2 cups broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable)
- cheesy garlic croutons, for serving (optional)
- mozzarella cheese, for serving (optional)
Step 01: Puree one can (or pound, if using fresh) of tomatoes. Leave the other alone. Add everything to your crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours.
It’s really as simple as that! My favorite pizza toppings, so far, have been sausage, pepperoni, and green bell peppers (I use 1/2 cup, diced).
The idea for this soup actually came from Sweet Twist of Blogging. In fact, the croutons did, too, but I completely forgot to leave the attribution. -_- I loved her idea! But I wound up making a lot of changes to the soup the second time around. I hope you enjoy it!
Again, if you think Freezer Meal Friday is something you would like to see more of, then please let me know in the comments. Happy Friday!
Freezer Friendly Tips
- One of the great things about this is that you can put all of the ingredients (even the cooked sausage) into the freezer bag and store it. Make this ahead of time and cook it when you’re ready!
- This can be stored in the freezer for 4-6 months.
- Use a larger bag than you need (I used a gallon bag), so when it’s flat, it won’t take up as much room.
- If you make your own chicken broth, it can be frozen for 6-12 months before the flavor begins to fade. Use ice cube trays for faster freezing and thawing.
Budget Friendly Tips
- Use chicken bouillon instead of packaged liquid broth. It’s the same thing, except all liquid has been evaporated out of it. Or you can make your own chicken broth the next time you cook chicken.