15 Easy Leftover Spaghetti Recipes
As I’m sure you already know, one of the secrets to cooking is to always make extras. Doubling a recipe gives you double the meals without doubling the work.
And if you’re really smart (and to be honest, I’m usually not), you’ll always make double batches of rice, ground beef, or chicken breast to keep in the freezer, ready to grab when a recipe calls for it.
You might already be making double batches of spaghetti so you’ll have leftovers the next day. But why not go one step further do something interesting with those leftover noodles?
Here are 15 easy ways to jazz up your spaghetti leftovers.
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Leftover Spaghetti Recipes
Easy Spaghetti Pizza Casserole
This casserole is an easy recipe that the entire family will enjoy. It can be made in a cast iron skillet or a glass baking dish with a lid.
It's easy to store the leftovers, too: Just put them in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. You can even wrap the entire casserole in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and freeze it.
Ultimate Fried Spaghetti
How easy does this sound:
Fry leftover spaghetti noodles until crispy, then top them with a homemade meaty sauce.
Next, cover them with parmesan cheese (you can substitute cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese, if you prefer) and broil until melted and bubbly on top. Easy and delicious!
Cincinnati Chili Recipe
Want something a little different from your usual chili recipe? Try making a big pot of Cincinnati chili, which is served over spaghetti with shredded cheese, onions, and oyster crackers.
Mushroom Aglio Olio
This Mushroom Aglio Olio (meaning "with garlic and olive oil") is quick, easy and budget-friendly. Serve it with fresh parsley, red pepper flakes, and garlic bread for a tasty dinner in under 20 minutes.
Be sure to use only extra virgin olive oil -- vegetable oil will make your pasta taste bland.
Fried Spaghetti with Eggs
Spaghetti for breakfast? Yes, please!
This Fried Spaghetti with Eggs is a leftover game changer and perfect for any time of day. Leftover spaghetti is fried up with garlic & eggs for a simple & delicious combination.
Cold Italian Spaghetti Salad with Shrimp
Who says spaghetti has to be a hot meal?
This recipe originates from the Central Italian region of Marche (often referred to as "the next Tuscany"). Made with arugula, cherry tomatoes, and shrimp, it makes a great potluck dish.
Vegan Leftover Pasta Frittata
Spaghetti Frittata is a "neat" (as in less messy) version of spaghetti, which makes it great for traveling or packing a lunch for work.
This easy and thrifty dish is made even better if you have some leftover sauce that's mixed in with the spaghetti.
This baked spaghetti is pasta tossed in a flavorful meat sauce, then topped with plenty of cheese and baked until golden brown. A super easy dinner option that’s great for feeding a large group.
Spaghetti Casserole with Chicken and Cheese
People use think of preparing spaghetti with beef or sausage. But why not try chicken instead?
Made with chicken broth, evaporated milk, and Worcestershire sauce, this casserole makes plenty of delicious sauce, so be sure to have garlic or French bread on the side for dipping!
Healthy Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole
This healthier version of Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole is made with ground beef, onions, bell peppers, and Italian seasoning. It has all the creaminess of a million dollar casserole, minus the calories!
It's easy to make, a great way to enjoy spaghetti in a different form, and you can also use up leftover spaghetti noodles.
Leftover Spaghetti with Bacon & Onions
Everyone knows that bacon can make everything better.
You can make a dinner the whole family will love in just 20 minutes by simply frying your leftover pasta with bacon and onions, than adding grated cheese.
Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
This creamy casserole is the perfect way to use leftover spaghetti. The sour cream makes it creamy; the spinach makes it healthy. Bake to a golden brown, then enjoy!
Oven Baked Spaghetti
This oven baked spaghetti is a great way to use up leftover spaghetti. Ground beef, spaghetti, cream cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce combine to make this delicious dish.
If you like, you can also customize it by substituting cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, or parmesan cheese.
Fried Spaghetti (with Leftover Pasta)
You can quickly give new life to yesterday's spaghetti with this super-fast recipe. Just fry it in a pan with tomato sauce, bacon, black pepper and melted cheese to inject a ton of delicious flavor.
Baked Spaghetti Casserole
This Baked Spaghetti Casserole can either be prepared as a meatless dish or loaded with your favorite protein. A fabulous reason to make extra spaghetti, or use leftover spaghetti.