Recipes for Leftover Pasta
Make in any amount
When I make pasta, I usually make extra so that I can have an easy meal the next day. Most pasta with sauce reheats very well in the microwave. However, there are those times when you want the leftovers to be a little different than the original dish. Listed below are several ideas to accomplish that.
- Use homemade or low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth as a soup base. Add leftover Pasta and Greens, or similar dish, and additional seasonings, such as garlic, as needed. You now have Pasta Soup with Greens. Pass the
Parmesan. As happens occasionally, I make something like this and end up with more leftover. To solve that problem, one time I added some leftover Black-eyed Peas and additional broth to make enough for the third night. It was every bit as good as the first leftover soup.
- This idea for Fried Spaghetti comes from Shirley Boyle. Shirley writes: "This is something my family loves and looks forward to every time I make homemade spaghetti with sauce. I fry it the next night. Just take a frying pan, melt enough butter to coat the spaghetti (coated with sauce) and fry until warmed through. Serve with garlic bread and a salad. It is better than the night before!" Shirley's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For sauces that do not use tomatoes, such as the pasta with chicken and asparagus in the similar and related recipes links, add some cherry tomatoes or drained, diced tomatoes when reheating to stretch the leftovers and to present a completely different Pasta with Tomatoes dish. Alternately, serve it room temperature with fresh tomatoes as Pasta Salad.
- This is similar to the Pasta and Greens Soup above, but made with leftover pasta with tomato sauce. Start with chicken or vegetable broth. Add some canned whole tomatoes, crushed with their juices. Cook with your choice of frozen vegetables. When the vegetables are tender, add the leftover pasta and heat. You just made a quick and easy Minestrone Soup.
- If you have leftover cooked pasta that has not been sauced, try making Pasta Crisps. They make a quick, easy and crunchy side dish that goes well with sandwiches in place of the usual chips or fries.