53 Easy Freezer Recipes That Reheat Beautifully

Butternut Squash Lasagna
Photo: Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Your freezer isn't just for ice cream—it's an extension of your pantry. Make the most of this precious space and get a head start on weeknight dinners by stocking it with our best freezer meals. We've gathered our favorite fix-and-freeze dishes to help you get dinner on the table in no time (along with helpful tips and tricks from our Test Kitchen on the best way to freeze food).

Cook today and have dinner ready to go all month long. Last-minute hosting? Fool your crowd into thinking you spent all day at the stove with these easy, freezer-friendly dishes. Not all recipes are freezer-friendly, but these dishes—from chicken noodle soup to classic lasagna—are sure to reheat beautifully and taste as good as new. Choose from dozens of delicious freezer meals including casseroles, baked pasta dishes, gumbo, pot roast, slow-cooker soups and stews, and more. You guests will never guess that you just popped that Turkey-Noodle-Poppy Seed Casserole out of the freezer.

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Smoked-Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Smoked-Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Smoked-Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells

This hearty recipe calls for a pound of flavorful smoked pork, making the freezer-friendly pasta dish incredibly filling.

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Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup

Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup

Ingredients from the frozen food aisle make this delicious soup recipe incredibly easy to prepare. Serve it in a bread bowl for an extra touch.

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Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

This Cajun-inspired dish is sure to be a hit with everyone in your family. It's hearty, flavorful, and oh-so comforting.

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Curried Chicken Pot Pie

Curried Chicken Pot Pie
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Curried Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is a Southern favorite. Be sure to let this dish thaw in the refrigerator before baking.

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Green Chile-Chicken Soup

Green Chile-Chicken Stew
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Green Chile-Chicken Soup

Packed with tasty ingredients like ground cumin, dried thyme, and poblano chiles, this soup is sure to keep you coming back for more.

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Eggplant Rollups

Eggplant Rollups
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Eggplant Rollups

This tasty lasagna-like dish is an excellent low-carb option for satisfying your Italian food craving.

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Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese

Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese

Pimiento cheese takes this Southern mac and cheese recipe to the next level. It's easy to fix and perfect for a make-ahead meal.

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Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder

Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder

Let the slow cooker do the work. Freezing creamy corn chowder is a great way to preserve summer's fresh corn.

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Kid-Friendly Chicken: Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings are a Southern classic. Make an extra batch ahead of time and freeze it for a ready-to-eat weeknight meal.

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Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-Up

Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-up
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-Up

This recipe takes a modern twist on a classic tamale pie. Have it ready to go in your freezer for an impromptu fiesta night.

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Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie

Tomato Pie Recipe: Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie

The bacon-filled crust on this Southern tomato pie makes it a mouthwateringly delicious dish.

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Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Taco Tuesday just got an upgrade with this pork-filled Mexican dish. We recommend serving them with fresh avocado and a margarita.

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Greek Baked Ziti

Greek Baked Ziti
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Greek Baked Ziti

This classic pasta dish creates one well-rounded meal complete with two cheeses, flavorful seasoning, and grocery-store favorite ground beef.

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Classic Chicken Tetrazzini

Classic Chicken Tetrazzini
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Classic Chicken Tetrazzini

This praiseworthy casserole has some of our favorite Southern ingredients: pasta, chicken, and Parmesan cheese. It doesn't get better than that.

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New Tuna Casserole

New Tuna Casserole
Greg Dupree

Recipe: New Tuna Casserole

Tuna noodle casserole has been a Southern-favorite for years.

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Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

Ground Beef Recipes: Old-fashioned Meatloaf
Southern Living

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

Double this recipe so your family can enjoy one loaf now and one later with little additional effort.

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Tex-Mex Meatballs in Red Chile Sauce

Tex-Mex Meatballs in Red Chile Sauce
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Tex-Mex Meatballs in Red Chile Sauce

These zesty meatballs are a true taste of the Southwest, with poblano peppers, corn chips, lime juice, and red chile enchilada sauce.

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Lasagna Roll Ups

Tomato-Basil Lasagna Rolls
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Lasagna Roll Ups

These lasagna rolls are the perfect meal to freeze individually and thaw according to your dinnertime head count.

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Sausage-and-Grits Quiche

Sausage-and-Grits Quiche
Photo: Melina Hammer

Recipe: Sausage-and-Grits Quiche

Thaw food in the refrigerator. The science behind a slow, even thaw preserves flavor and texture. You'll be impressed by this clever, simple spin on a traditional quiche.

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Meatball Pasta Bake

Meatball Pasta Bake
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Meatball Pasta Bake

Orange juice is the surprising ingredient that gives this pasta dish a bright flavor.

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Extra Easy Lasagna

Extra-Easy Lasagna
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Martin

Recipe: Extra Easy Lasagna

Freeze the whole pan or just the leftovers for a hearty meal straight from your freezer.

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Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder

Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder

Keep this pork shoulder in the freezer so you'll be ready for an impromptu backyard BBQ at any time.

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Baked Ziti with Sausage

Baked Ziti with Sausage
Southern Living

Recipe: Baked Ziti with Sausage

Combine homemade meat sauce with ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan for the cheesy casserole of your dreams.

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Bacon-And-Cheddar Grits Quiche

Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Bacon-And-Cheddar Grits Quiche

Keep this quiche in the freezer for an easy breakfast or dinner in the future. All you'll have to do is thaw it in the fridge and reheat before serving.

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Quick Beef Chili

Quick Beef Chili
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Quick Beef Chili

We recommend serving with green onions, sour cream, and Cheddar cheese.

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Turkey Meatballs

Skillet Turkey Meatballs
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Turkey Meatballs

Keep meatballs on hand to serve over pasta, on a sandwich, or alongside a Caesar salad.

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Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

This casserole has all of the components of a full meal—protein, veggies, and carbs—all in one freezable dish. Reserve the cheese, crackers, and pecans until just before serving.

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Heavenly Chicken Lasagna

Heavenly Chicken Lasagna
Photo: Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Heavenly Chicken Lasagna

Swap it up from the usual ground beef lasagna with this cheesy, chicken version.

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Chili Cheese Enchiladas

Chili Cheese Enchiladas
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Chili Cheese Enchiladas

Although the original recipe doesn't call for meat, you can easily add ground beef or shredded chicken to the cheese filling to make a heartier meal.

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Vegetable Beef Soup

Chunky Vegetable Beef Soup
Southern Living

Recipe: Vegetable Beef Soup

Freeze meal-size portions of soup in zip-top freezer bags and you'll thank yourself later.

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Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Prepare this casserole for your freezer so you can instantly enjoy the flavor of buffalo wings when you're craving them.

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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole

After reheating this creamy casserole, top with paprika and basil for a comforting dish the whole family will love.

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Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole

Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole

Save time (and dirty dishes) with lidded bakeware that goes from oven to freezer to fridge with ease.

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King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

All the flavors of a favorite casserole come together in the comfort of mac and cheese.

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Spiced Beef Kabobs with Herbed Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Spiced Beef Kabobs with Herbed Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Spiced Beef Kabobs with Herbed Cucumber and Tomato Salad

This recipe is all about how to take premium ground beef, flavor it with subtle herbs and spices, and create a delicious dish. These Spiced Beef Kabobs are delicately seasoned with cumin, coriander, allspice, parsley, and cilantro, then hand-formed on skewers.

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Chicken-Andouille Gumbo

Chicken Soups Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Red Potatoes
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken-Andouille Gumbo

Stock your freezer with this classic Southern dish. Use empty cereal boxes to save space. Line an upright box with a zip-top bag (like lining a trash can). Fill, then seal the bag and freeze flat while still in the box. Once frozen, remove the bag from the box and stack.

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Shrimp Fajita Bowls

Shrimp Fajita Bowls
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Shrimp Fajita Bowls

This fast, fresh, healthy supper is ideal for busy weeknights. The recipe includes instructions for enjoying it immediately after you prepare it, freezing it for later, and how to cook it after it's been frozen.

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Chicken Casserole D'Iberville

Chicken Casserole D'Iberville
Southern Living

Recipe: Chicken Casserole D'Iberville

This old-school casserole recipe has everything you crave in a comforting casserole—hearty chicken, wild rice, creamy soup, and a crunchy, buttery topping. Cover casseroles tightly with foil, and freeze unbaked up to one month. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Bake as directed. (Casserole may also be baked frozen. Plan to double the baking times.)

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Southern Wedding Soup

Southern Wedding Soup
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Southern Wedding Soup

These flavorful meatballs come together with a combination of ground beef and ground pork for flavor. You can make and freeze the meatballs in advance. If you want to freeze the soup as well, just leave out the pasta. You can prepare that when you're ready to serve the soup.

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Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Southern Living

Recipe: Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

This filling casserole will be your new favorite way to use that ground beef from the freezer. Freeze assembled, unbaked casserole up to one month. Thaw in fridge overnight. Let stand 30 minutes; bake as directed.

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Chicken Tamales with Roasted Tomato-and-Dried Chile Sauce

Chicken Tamales with Roasted Tomato-and-Dried Chile Sauce
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Chicken Tamales with Roasted Tomato-and-Dried Chile Sauce

"For many Southerners of Latin American heritage, Christmas means tamales: tender dumplings wrapped in leaves, like little presents," writes Sandra A. Gutierrez, author of four cookbooks, including The New Southern-Latino Table. Start your own tradition this holiday season with her recipe, which comes with a make-ahead freezer option.

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Cajun Shrimp Casserole

Cajun Shrimp Casserole

Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Casserole

This easy casserole is an old-fashioned, cozy way to get a seafood supper on the table. To freeze unbaked casserole, prepare as directed, omitting Parmesan cheese. Cover tightly, and freeze. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking. Bake, covered, at 350° for 50 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese and bake 10 more minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.

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Cottage Pie with Potato Crust

Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Potato Crust Image
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Margaret Monroe Dickey; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr

Recipe: Cottage Pie with Potato Crust

Store-bought, prepared mashed potatoes are the secret to making this classic comfort food in a snap. Simply prepare through Step 3, then wrap the top of the casserole dish in aluminum foil before popping into the freezer. You'll want to allow it to thaw completely in the fridge, which you can do overnight before you plan to serve it. To avoid excessive browning, add a shield of aluminum foil to the top for the last 25 minutes of baking.

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Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Beth Dreiling; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

Recipe: Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

Can't decide between pizza night and pasta night? Have the best of both worlds with this kid-friendly supper! Freeze the unbaked casserole up to one month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes at room temperature and bake as directed.

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Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy

Ground Beef Recipes: Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy

Hamburger steak is the ultimate ground beef Sunday supper. This simple, easy dish brings us right back to Grandma's table. To make ahead, proceed with Step 1 as directed. Wrap each patty individually in plastic wrap, and place in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw frozen patties in refrigerator 8 hours; proceed with Steps 2 and 3.

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Ham and Noodle Casserole

Ham and Noodle Casserole
Jen Causey

Recipe: Ham and Noodle Casserole

This recipe, published more than two decades ago in our March 2001 issue, still holds up today. Especially convenient to bake when you have leftover ham to throw in a casserole, this dish is easy and delicious. Thaw the frozen casserole in the refrigerator overnight, then bake at 400° for 35 to 40 minutes.

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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches
Southern Living

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

There's no easier way to whip up barbecue for game day than with the help of your slow cooker. Freeze any leftover beef in zip-top bags for up to one month.

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Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Put that rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to good use with a big batch of comforting chicken noodle soup. To freeze, simply divide it up into individual portions in zip-top bags and pull them out for quick lunches and dinners on the fly.

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Herbed Beef Ragu

Herbed Beef Ragu
Southern Living

Recipe: Herbed Beef Ragu

This slow-cooker pasta sauce is just what the doctor ordered for a cold winter night. Simply freeze leftovers in a zip-top bag and reheat on the stovetop when you're ready to serve.

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Turkey-Noodle-Poppy Seed Casserole

Turkey-Noodle-Poppyseed Casserole Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Turkey-Noodle-Poppy Seed Casserole

This recipe graced the pages of Southern Living's November 1990 issue, and we're still making it, especially during the busy holiday season, when leftovers are abundant and need a little reinventing. Assemble the casserole and freeze it before baking. Thaw it in the refrigerator for 24 hours, let it stand at room temperature 30 minutes, and continue with the baking instructions in the recipe.

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Greek Meatballs with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce and Rice

Greek Meatballs with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce and Rice
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Greek Meatballs with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce and Rice

This recipe yields plenty of meatballs to enjoy over rice or in a pita for an easy grab-and-go lunch. You can freeze the meatballs before or after cooking them, too.

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Butternut Squash Lasagna

Butternut Squash Lasagna
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Butternut Squash Lasagna

When the autumn air starts to cool off, your family is going to love this seasonal twist on classic lasagna. No one will even realize a dish this hearty is meatless. Cover and freeze before baking and, if are giving it as a food gift, include a note to add 10-15 minutes to the covered cook time.

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