Re-Inventing Spaghetti

Well, so far my Reinventing Left-Overs month is a bust.

Why?

Because we are actually doing something that is very difficult for us to normally do!  We are actually cooking enough and not too much for dinner.  I tried to cook too much pasta tonight and normally would have succeeded, but the troops were extra hungry, so no luck yet again!

This should be good news, right?  I mean, no pesky left-overs to deal with.  Nothing to throw out of the fridge because it’s turned into a science experiment.

Well, it IS good news.  We are thinking about wasting less, which, when I came up with the idea of reinventing the left-overs, was the main idea.  But it doesn’t help my blog for this month out at all.

So, I’ve had to come up with plan B…

Online anyway, I am going to still put stuff up as if I did have left-overs.  We will soon enough, and I will need ideas.  Tonight’s inspiration has been brought to you by Spaghetti…with Prego sauce (I added ham, some finely cut leek, mushrooms, garlic and Greek seasoning, then threw it in with the spaghetti once it was cooked).

Ready?

Here we go!

Thanks to Spicing Up Leftover Pasta for this Spaghetti casserole idea.  It may be common sense to some, but my imagination works in writing and crafting…NOT cooking. And apologies for no picture… for some reason, it won’t upload.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sauced, leftover pasta (Most any pasta will do)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil (I use olive oil)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese – I like to use Parmesan and Mozzarella. But many other kinds would work well.  It is nice to throw in a few cubes of fresh Mozzarella instead of shredded.

Method

  • Mix all ingredients together and place in greased casserole dish.
  • Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
  • Serve with a little Parmesan.

Notes

If you have leftover pasta with only a little sauce, you may add some canned tomato sauce and a sprinkling or oregano or basil to your taste.

I have not needed to cover the casserole dish because I usually make sure there is a lot of sauce so the pasta won’t dry out and become crunchy.  But it wouldn’t hurt to cover it while baking, if you are uncertain.

This is a fun recipe to play with.  It is hard to mess up.  Different cheeses, leftover meat, or vegetables could all be included.

Enjoy!

~Caroline

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