If you are bored of making a Christmas leftovers sandwich every year, then why not give this Christmas Pasta Bake a try, that makes use of all your leftovers. Leftover meat, vegetables and cheese can all be added, so nothing goes to waste. It freezes well too, so you don't have to eat it straight away.
Christmas Pasta Bake
There are a lot of amazing Christmas leftovers recipes out there, but some of them are pretty elaborate and require a lot of extra ingredients to be bought, and that's not what using leftovers is all about. It should be quick, easy and budget friendly too.
This recipe uses up pretty much all your Christmas leftovers and the only extra ingredients needed are ones you that you probably have in your cupboard anyway, like some pasta.
Why should you try it?
✔ Nothing goes to waste
✔ You can freeze it just in case you can't face another turkey meal
✔ A dish packed full of veggies in case you haven't had many over the festive season.
✔ Really cheap to make
What Can You Put in Christmas Leftovers Pasta?
We love a pasta bake. It's one of the ultimate comfort foods and it doesn't get much easier than just mixing it all together and throwing it in the oven.
You can add some leftover turkey/chicken, any vegetables that didn't get eaten on Christmas Day and those little bits left on the cheese board, grate them all up and put them on top of the pasta bake. The only leftovers I don't recommend adding are chocolate, but what's "leftover chocolate" anyway?
Oh, and crumble bits of stuffing on top too. SO GOOD!
What Herbs Work Well?
Also, you know all those different herbs that you buy for all those new recipes you try at Christmas? Well, don't throw away half a bunch of 6 different herbs. Chop them all up and they can be thrown in too. This is a no-waste leftovers dish.
Can You Freeze Christmas Pasta?
Yes, it freezes really well. Even if you don't think you will have time to eat this and are thinking about throwing your leftovers away, make this and then freezer it in portions. You will have a little bit of your Christmas dinner seeing you through the new year.
How To Make a Christmas Leftovers Pasta Bake - Step by Step:
One: Add the pasta to a pan of boiling water and simmer for 12 minutes.
Two: Drain the pasta and add to back to a large pan and add in all the rest of the ingredients apart from the cheese. Mix well.
Three: Pour in to a large baking dish and then put the cheese on top.
Four: Bake in a preheated oven at 200c for 20 minutes.
Want to try some other Chritmas recipes? How about these:
Honey Roast Duck
Christmas Rice Krispie Treats
Snowman Hot Chocolate
Santa Hat Brownies
Cranberry Orange Muffins
Mulled Apple Juice
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Christmas Pasta Bake
- 300 g Pasta shapes (whatever you have)
- 300 g Handfuls of shredded leftover cooked meat
- 300 g Chopped up leftover cooked vegetables (roasted carrots and parsnips, Brussels sprouts, brocolli, red cabbage)
- 200 g Light creme fraiche
- 3 tbsp Wholegrain mustard
- 100 g Fresh herbs, chopped
- 100 g Cheese, shredded or crumbled
- Add the pasta to a pan of boiling water and simmer for 12 minutes.
- Drain the pasta and add to back to a large pan and add in all the rest of the ingredients apart from the cheese. Mix well.
- Pour in to a large baking dish and then put the cheese on top.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 200c for 20 minutes.