One thing about making spaghetti is that sometimes you go a little overboard and make too much, which results in a massive container of leftover spaghetti. Sometimes I look at leftover noodles, sauce, or meatballs and wonder how I will use them.
Throwing food out is usually the last resort for me! I don’t like creating unnecessary waste.
Luckily, there are many unique ways to use leftover spaghetti and all the components that come along with it. Here is a recipe list I made to help you out.
This frittata recipe is one of my favorites! Before baking, cook your bell peppers and veggies until softened. Then, make your egg base out of eggs, half-and-half, and seasonings.
Combine the leftover spaghetti with the other ingredients and cook on the stovetop until it is lightly brown. Transfer to the oven to bake it for about 15 minutes. I served this with fresh basil and parsley as a garnish, delish!
Your leftover spaghetti will taste wonderful in this tomato frittata! Even though the recipe doesn’t call for noodles, your leftover pasta can surely be thrown in.
For the frittata, combine parmesan, milk, eggs, and remaining ingredients. Toss in your cooked noodles, then cook the frittata in a hot skillet, allowing it to set up and get crunchy. You can throw it under the broiler to finish it off. I love serving this with sauteed spinach!
I love this frittata because it is so thick; it's almost like a spaghetti pie! Mix eggs, milk, cheese, herbs, and seasonings together.
First, put your leftover pasta in the pan, pour the egg mixture over top, and cook the frittata until it is fully set. I usually make this for brunch, but it can be enjoyed any time of day if you’re brave enough!
One great way to use plain leftover noodles is to turn them into a pasta salad. This recipe combines the dressing ingredients (garlic, ginger, brown sugar, olive oil, peanut butter, and more) to create your sauce.
For the salad ingredients, chop and mix the carrots, cucumber, green onion, and peanut with your leftover pasta.
Toss with the dressing, and you're ready to serve! I also threw in some sliced cherry tomatoes, which was fantastic.
This recipe had me at ‘vegan chicken bites’; how delicious and healthy! To start, cook your vegan chicken in a skillet with garlic, bell pepper, and onion.
Combine the mixture with your leftover spaghetti and vegan cheeses before tossing the sauce ingredients. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, then enjoy! I served this for lunch alongside a mixed green salad, which was perfect.
Here is another vegan gem! Combine your salad ingredients first (leftover pasta, peppers, cucumber, olives, and more)
For the dressing, mix lemon vinegar with red vinegar, spices, and vegan parmesan. Fold into the pasta mixture, and you're done. My favorite way to serve this is as a side dish alongside soup or sandwiches!
This recipe is great because your leftover pasta will turn into a lovely side dish! For the main entrée, make crispy chicken parmesan with a panko breading.
As for the pasta, mix your leftover noodles with mozzarella cheese, parmesan, garlic, and eggs. Spoon into muffin tins, then bake for approximately 15 minutes. I served this with leftover sauce on the side; if you don’t have sauce, you can always garnish with extra parmesan cheese and fresh herbs.
Creating Mac and cheese is an excellent idea if you have leftover spaghetti noodles. But how about turning it into pizza as well? You first need to make your cheese sauce out of milk, flour, seasonings, and cheese for these muffins.
Fold into your leftover pasta, and scoop into muffin tins. Bake for about 20 minutes until they turn a beautiful golden color on top. I usually drizzle some type of sauce on tops like BBQ or buffalo sauce to make it even better!
This soup is perfect for when you're feeling under the weather, or just want a cozy meal. This is incredibly easy, just add your carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and chicken stock to your pot and allow it to simmer.
Lastly, add cooked chicken and your leftover noodles, allowing them to heat up. When I served this, I made homemade biscuits to go along with it.
This recipe incorporates ingredients to replicate what lasagna tastes like, so why not adjust it so you can use up your leftovers? Since you already have cooked lasagna noodles, you can skip out on the noodle portion.
First, cook the sauce, garlic, onions, and broth. Cut your lasagna into squares and add it to the soup.
Once it gets hot, it will warm up, and the components will separate, leaving a nice tomato and veggie soup with your lasagna noodles secluded. Yum! My favorite way to serve this is with warm french bread on the side.
Here is another recipe that encompasses all the flavors of lasagna. Follow the recipe as is, but first, heat some of your leftover lasagna pieces, so it is ready for the sandwich.
To build the sandwich, layer on mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, and tomatoes. This is where you can throw on your lasagna as well! It will make for a hefty sandwich, but it is so flavorful! I made these for lunch and served them with a nice salad.
This soup recipe is great, but it's even better when you add leftover lasagna components. Make the soup as is but replace the uncooked noodles with your already cooked lasagna.
Cut the lasagna into smaller pieces before adding it to the soup. I love this recipe because it also has Italian sausage, which is so mouthwatering! I typically garnish it with fresh herbs and shredded mozzarella cheese.
It's hard to choose which is better: meatball subs or spaghetti and meatballs. Lucky for you, this recipe is the best of both worlds! My family devours this meal.
To prep, reheat your leftover spaghetti and meatballs. Meanwhile, hollow out your bread and brush it with a garlic butter mixture and toast it, then fill it with your spaghetti filling. Top with more sauce and shredded cheese before baking until everything is bubbly!
This is one of my favorite recipes because it's so easy! I usually serve it with a mixed green salad. To get started, toss your pasta, sauce, cheese, and eggs to make the filling.
Press it into a pan, then top with cheese and any additional meatballs. Cover it with foil and bake it for approximately an hour. Garnish with fresh parsley!
This soup includes spaghetti and meatballs, so you can throw your leftovers in rather than needing to make them the day of. It’s a time saver! Put the meatballs in early to simmer them, and the pasta can go in last.
Aside from the spaghetti and meatballs, this soup has fantastic flavors and ingredients such as garlic, celery, onion, parsley, and tons of seasonings. I served this with garlic bread and mixed vegetables on the side.
Since you already have meatballs made, you are one step ahead of the game! Roll out your pizza dough into circles, smother on ricotta cheese and add your meatballs, sauce, and shredded cheese.
Fold over the calzone, seal the edges, and then egg wash and bake it for 20 minutes. I love making these for movie night because it reminds the kids of pizza, but it’s a little different! Caesar salad pairs nicely with these.
This recipe is straightforward and so appetizing! First, reheat your leftover spaghetti and sauce, then pile it on a toasted piece of bread.
Sprinkle cheese on top, then bake it for about 5 minutes, allowing the cheese to melt and get bubbly. My family loves these, and since they’re filling, you only need to serve them with something light, such as a side salad.
Your family is going to eat this up! So first, simmer the leftover sauce with the chicken broth. Next, add the orzo pasta and cook until the pasta is done.
Garnish with grated parmesan. I love this recipe's simplicity, but sometimes I add additional ingredients to it, such as corn and other vegetables. There are so many ways to adjust it to your needs!
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Your leftover spaghetti sauce will undoubtedly come in handy for this recipe. Make your fritter mixture using a food processor, blending the chickpeas, eggs, onion, and cheese.
Use a hot skillet to fry the patties; heat your leftover sauce. Once the garbanzo cakes have cooked thoroughly, serve them with your dressing on the side. I enjoy these fritters topped with parmesan cheese; it is so delectable!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Do I Do if My Leftover Spaghetti Is All Stuck Together?
Have no worries; it is salvageable! When heating it, add some butter or a couple of drizzles of olive oil to loosen up the noodles. When the pasta heats, it will unstick itself.
How Long Is Leftover Spaghetti Good For?
According to the USDA, you can use your leftovers with peace of mind for 3-5 days!
Lucky for you, spaghetti tastes just as amazing the second time because the flavors marry once it has sat for a day or two.
How Do I Properly Reheat Pasta That Doesn’t Have Sauce?
The most efficient way to do this would be to boil water like you are cooking noodles, but only submerge the leftover noodles in the water for about one minute to revive them!
As displayed, there are numerous ways to take advantage of your leftover pasta. Whether you just have meatballs and sauce leftover, plain pasta, or everything is mixed together, there are options for you!
My favorite recipes here are probably the spaghetti pie or the meatball calzone. But with the creativity these recipes give, it’s hard to choose just one. I hope that you have found some ideas to help you out so that you can utilize your leftovers efficiently and in a way that you enjoy!
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