Leftover pasta bake recipe

With Christmas just around the corner, many of us will end up with piles of leftovers once the festive dinners are done. I am always looking for ways to use them up, as I HATE waste – and this is one of my favourite recipes. Simple, quick and delicious, this is always enjoyed by everyone.

·         Pasta – we like to use fusilli. As a guide, one handful of pasta per person, plus an extra handful
·         3 tablespoons olive oil
·         1 large onion, chopped
·         2 garlic cloves, crushed
·         3 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
·         Half teaspoon dried chilli flakes
·         2 teaspoons sugar
·         2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
·         1 large handful of torn basil leaves
·         Salt and pepper to taste
·         Leftovers!
·         Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion and garlic
·         Stir in tomatoes, chilli flakes, vinegar and sugar
·         Bring to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes
·         Stir in basil and season with salt and pepper
·         Cook the pasta until just softened, drain and stir in the sauce
·         Add all your leftovers – this can be anything. Turkey, sprouts, carrots, parsnips, it really doesn’t matter!
·         Stir, then cook in the oven at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes
·         Serve topped with grated cheese

A really lovely way to use up all your Christmas leftovers, and a nice change from turkey sandwiches!



  1. December 10, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Big Pasta lovers in our house too! very versatile and quick to prepare, Great Post 🙂 xx

  2. December 14, 2013 / 10:46 pm

    Mmmm, this looks right up my street. I’m always boiling too much pasta and love a good tomato sauce. Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve Pinned and Tweeted this post and there’s a fresh linky live now. Hope you join in 😀 x

  3. April 12, 2014 / 12:29 am

    Yummy. This looks great, and easy to make too. I always try and cook from scratch, and do my best to deal with leftovers – this looks great for me to try with my lot – an easy after-work tea I think – thanks for this, I’ll definitely be trying! x

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