If you are tired of eating boring leftovers the next day, munching down on the same meal you had the night before, you might want to try turning your leftovers into pasta dishes!
There are many different meals which you could use the leftovers from to make pasta, so you don’t get tired of eating the same dish, and you can stretch your food even further. This not only gives you different meals to enjoy, but it stretches your budget further as well.
Here are 2 pasta dishes to make from leftover dinners!
Leftover Chicken Pasta
Having leftover chicken is great, there is so much that you can make with it. Leftover chicken can be from chicken breasts you grilled the night before, or a big roast chicken dinner.
Whatever type of chicken you have, here is how to make a delicious honey and mustard chicken pasta.
- 300g any type of pasta
- 3 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 1 tsp honey
- 300g leftover chicken, torn into pieces
- 4 spring onions sliced
- 4 tomatoes, cut into small pieces
- Boil the pasta following the package instructions.
- Once cooked, cool the pasta under cold running water.
- In a bigger bowl, mix together the mustard, mayonnaise, and honey. Use a small amount of water into the mix to loosen it up a little bit.
- Mix in the cooled pasta, the shredded chicken, onion, and tomatoes. Season to taste and gently mix all the ingredients together, serving cool.
Sausage Meat Pasta Bake
If you cooked sausages the night before, you can use the sausage meat to make a lovely pasta the next day. Here is how:
- 450g sausage meat
- 50g breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 500g passata
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 300g any pasta shape
- ½ small cabbage chopped into small slices
- 250g mozzarella ball, diced
- 3 tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Place the sausage meat, thyme, and breadcrumbs into a bowl. Mix to combine and then shape into around 20 small balls.
- Heat up a pan with the olive oil inside, and cook the sausage meatballs for 10 minutes until they have browned.
- Add the passata and the tomato paste to the pan and allow to cook on simmer for 20 minutes.
- Cook the pasta following the package instructions, and add the cabbage into the pasta water 5 minutes before the pasta is ready.
- Drain the cabbage and pasta when cooked, and mix it in with the sausage meatballs and the sauce.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Pour the pasta, sauce, and sausage meatballs into a casserole dish or oven-proof bowl. Place the mozzarella cubes onto the top of the pasta dish, pushing them down slightly into the pasta.
- Sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese on top and place the dish in the oven to bake for up to 20 minutes.
- When the pasta bake is bubbling and crusty, remove it from the oven and serve. It goes wonderfully with some garlic bread!