What can I add to leftover pasta to liven it up?
- Chinon00 Apr 24, 2010 06:56 PM
So I made a solid pasta sauce with paste, ground chicken, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, fresh rosemary, beef and chicken stock (parmagianno grated over). I made enough sauce for four boxes of pasta. But after two days and two boxes of pasta the family is bored. What can I through in to liven it up? I've thought of pitted olives and also possibly sauteed broccoli rabe. Any other suggestions?
>> I made enough sauce for four boxes of pasta. But after two days and two boxes of pasta the family is bored.
It did sound like you got pasta sauce left, or did you and your family manage to finish all the four boxes of pasta's worth of sauce with the two boxes of pasta? :-) Do tell if you still have some of that sauce left, I am sure you will get some great ideas on how to liven and use up that sauce from this board.
And to finish up the leftover cooked pasta, I agree with ipsedixit on making a cold salad out of it. Especially because your sauce sounds pretty rich, it would be nice to make something to balance out the heavy pasta dinners you have been having. Think tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, mint or whatever herbs you can find now, dressed with lemon or vinegar and olive oil, similar to a what you would do to make a tabouleh. I just happened to make something similar for lunch, using leftover brown rice and barley. Refreshing and delicious.
Learn how to make frittatas - means adding beaten eggs to any leftovers, including vegetables and pasta mixed with sauce. Classic Italian way to stretch a budget - and made right, they're delicious. with a good salad you have a simple cheap and delicious meal.
Google Paula Dean's Swiss steak recipe. It calls for cheap cube steaks simmered in tomato sauce with a little onion and green pepper and then served with mashed potatoes, rice or pasta. I've made it a couple times and it's delicious - sure you could use some of your sauce to make it.
Make some baked ziti with it. Stick it in a corning/pyrex dish with some mozzarella cheese sprinkled throughout. Add the things you came up with: olives/broccoli rabe. Your family will love it.
You could do a pasta salad of some sort.
Or you could make the pasta a side by adding olive oil, garlic and parsley or basil - I do this and also add in some chunks of tomato
You could make a cream sauce and add some peas.
We do 4tbs of butter add in the peas and then about an 8th of heavy cream bring to a boil, simmer until slightly thickened,
then add the pasta to the peas and cream sauce, salt pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.
Sorry for the confusion and thanks for the suggestions so far. To clarify things:
1) I made about eight cups of sauce.
2) I've boiled two boxes of pasta and tossed four cups of sauce into it so far.
3) I therefore have two boxes of pasta left (uncooked) and four cups of sauce remaining.
4) I planned to add broccoli rabe, olives, and lemon zest to the sauce and toss into the remaining pasta and am looking suggestions in a similar vein.
Make a pasta bake - combine the sauce and some al dente pasta. Add some extra veggies (your broccoli rabe would work, or peas are good too especially on a budget). Mix in some ricotta. Pour it all into a baking dish and top with mozzarella. For a little crunch you could also add sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top. And if your family like spicy, zip the whole thing up with some crushed red pepper or even chopped pepperoni,