What To Do With Leftover Pasta Noodles

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Have you made too much pasta? This cooking leftovers page is designed to help.

So let's your turn your surplus pasta portions into a quick and filling meal, Italian style!

My Italian wife Laura and her kitchen-genius mamma are constantly impressing me with how many dishes they can whip up from next to nothing.

Here's what they do with leftover pasta portions...

(Also: don't miss my Leftover Ingredient A-Z)

Let’s say you made tagliatelle with a nice tomato sauce but you have leftover noodles... it’s easy to turn this little lot into a nutritious plate or sandwich-full.

All you need is: eggs (one large egg per 100g/3.5oz portion of leftover pasta), a little grated parmesan, salt and olive oil.

Here’s how:

cooking leftovers- Crack the egg(s) into a mixing bowl

- Add enough salt to lightly cover each yolk

- Add a tablespoon or two of grated parmesan cheese

- Whisk using a fork

- Drop in the pasta and mix thoroughly (coating the pasta in the egg mixture)

- Coat the base of a frying pan (sized to just hold the amount of pasta you have) and heat on a hob until hot (if you drop in a piece of pasta it should sizzle nicely).

cooking leftovers- With the hob down to medium, pack in the pasta and fry for roughly 5 or 6 mins.

- Now to turn it, place a large plate over the pan and carefully ‘flip’ it to upturn the frittata onto the plate. Then slide the frittata back into the pan and cook the other side.

- Serve sliced on a plate or pop it in a panino (sandwich).

Voila – frittata di maccheroni (pasta omelette)!

Looking for more leftover recipes?
Check out my new Pastastic Leftover Recipes A-Z.

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