Post #428 Five Ways to Use Leftover Spaghetti (With the Sauce)

October 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post #428 Five Ways to Use Leftover Spaghetti (With the Sauce)

Partner/Spouse has been working some unusual hours this week which brings him home in the early afternoon exhausted and hungry.  On Wednesday, I made a big pot of spaghetti because we hadn’t had it in a long time, and it’s so good on a chilly October evening.  I made biscuits to go with it and we both enjoyed the heck out of it.  I used my standard recipe for the stovetop that I’ve described in detail in previous posts.

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I dumped the cooked noodles into the pot of sauce, mixed it around, and let it stand while the biscuits were baking.  We scooped out what we wanted, ate with gusto, and enjoyed the heck out of it.  It was good.

The next day, I decided to use the leftover spaghetti rather than freeze it.  Instead of having the same meal twice in a row, I wanted to mix it up a bit so I did what I always do and hit the internet for ideas.  They boiled down to five basic dishes.

Basic Dish 1 – Fried Spaghetti Leftovers

You can do this in two different ways, but they’re basically the same thing, just different sizes.  Heat a large skillet very hot.  Reduce to medium heat.  Melt butter and wait for foaming to subside.  The amount of butter depends on the amount of spaghetti you’re frying, but use plenty to avoid sticking to pan.  Place spaghetti in pan.  Fill pan, but make it manageable.  Leave the spaghetti alone for several minutes, then move it to avoid sticking and to check if feels cohesive.  When the underside is browned and crispy, use large spatulas to flip it.  There’s a trick to this type of flipping.  Use a plate the same size as the skillet and turn it face down over the food.  Holding both the plate and the skillet, turn the skillet over so the food falls onto the plate.  Then gently slide the food back into the skillet.  It works best with a non-stick skillet.  Then continue frying, adding more butter if needed or desired.  When both sides are crispy and brown, remove from heat and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Cut into wedges and serve warm.  Alternatively to making one large chunk, you can make several smaller sized pieces.

Basic Dish 2 – Baked Spaghetti Lasagna

Heat your oven to 400.  Spray a baking pan large enough to hold all your leftover spaghetti.  Place half the spaghetti in the bottom of the pan.  Mix 1 cup of sour cream with half a cup of ricotta cheese, and a cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.  Spread this evenly over the spaghetti and top with remaining spaghetti.  Sprinkle top with parmesan cheese and bake for 30-40 minutes until cheese is brown and spaghetti is bubbly.  Let set for 10-15 minutes, then cut and serve just like lasagna.

Basic Dish 3 – Spaghetti Pie

Heat your oven to 375.  In a large bowl, mix 2-3 eggs (depending on amount of spaghetti) with the spaghetti making certain to mix thoroughly.  Mix 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1/4 chopped onion, and 1/4 cup chopped pepperoni pieces.  Pour spaghetti into a pie plate sprayed with vegetable spray.  Bake for 30-40 minutes until eggs are cooked and set and the entire dish is piping hot.  Remove from oven, allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, cut and serve.

Basic Dish 4 – Spaghetti Casserole

Heat oven to 350.  Spray a casserole dish large enough to hold your spaghetti with vegetable spray.  Pour spaghetti into dish.  Cover top of spaghetti thickly with pepperoni slices.  Cover pepperoni thickly with cheese blend of parmesan, mozzarella, and cheddar.  Bake for 20-30 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly and casserole is heat throughout.  Serve hot.

Basic Dish 5 – Chili Spaghetti Makeover (my idea, not the internet)

Place spaghetti in a large pot.  Add two more cans of chopped tomato and one can of kidney beans.  Stir to mix, and add water if sauce is too thick.  Add 1/8-1/4 tsp of red chili flakes.  Add 1 tsp of chili powder.  Add one tablespoon of cocoa.  Add 2 tsp cumin powder.  Stir to combine, then simmer for an hour to an hour and a half for flavors to combine.  Serve with corn tortilla chips and sour cream.  One note on this one, remember you’re trying to change the flavor profile from Italian to Mexican.  They share a lot of herbs and spices but some are unique to each.  Taste each addition and adjust as needed.

So after all that, which one did I chose to make with the leftover spaghetti?

I made reservations.  Just kidding, but we did order out at one of our favorite local delivery places.  They have good food and good service.  I got quite a chuckle during the ordering process because the young lady who answered had only worked there a couple of days so we were both struggling through the ordering.


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