How To Turn Scraps Into a Fancy Meal: Pasta

Some of you have come across a situation where they found almost empty packages of pasta in their kitchen cabinet. Let me guess: you probably closed the door the minute you saw pasta scraps never even knowing that you can do anything with it.

I have a suggestion: how about we get rid of those halfway used pasta by cooking fancy meals with minimum time and effort? Sounds good?

Click below, and let’s get the pasta started!

Unfortunately, many types of pasta cannot be combined, because they have a different texture and cooking time, but you still have several options:

1. Make a salad. Penne goes great with tomatoes, mozzarella, and pesto and makes an excellent salad. A win-win option, if you come home late from work and want something fast and delicious.

2. To-go lunch. Alternatively, you can make a simple sauce, combine it with pasta and throw it into the container. Take it to work, so you don’t have to decide on the lunch spot.

3. Starters for the guests. You can make an assortment of pasta and different sauces and serve it to guests as a hot appetizer; No one will ever notice that you’ve made it from scraps!

All the recipes below contain about 1 – 1.5 cups of pasta.

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1. Penne with arugula, anchovies and garlic

Ingredients:

  • Penne (or any similar pasta)
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

How to cook:

Follow the instructions on the package and cook the pasta.

In a mortar and pestle or a blender, combine all the ingredients and salt to taste.

Put the sauce in a frying pan, add a ladle of water, add the pasta and cook stirring for 3-5 minutes.

Pasta can be consumed cold.

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2. Tortellini with capers, sun dried tomatoes and basil

Ingredients:

  • Tortellini (or a similar pasta with filling)
  • 1 cup of dried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1 cup basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt

How to cook:

Follow the instructions on the package and cook the pasta.

In a mortar and pestle or a blender, mash sun dried tomatoes, capers, salt and olive oil.

Put the sauce in a frying pan, add a ladle of water, add pasta and cook stirring for 3-5 minutes.

Finish with freshly chopped basil.

Pasta is better if consumed hot.

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3. Orzo with Pumpkin and Goat Cheese

I want to note that in this recipe I used leftover pumpkin soup for the sauce.

Ingredients:

  • Pasta Orzo
  • 200 ml of any pureed soup or pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. goat cheese
  • Greens for decoration
  • Salt

How to cook:

Follow the instructions on the package and cook the pasta.

In a separate frying pan combine soup, olive oil and cook over medium heat until the liquid is emulsified (turns into a sauce).

Add the pasta to the sauce, mix well.

Put on a plate, sprinkle with cheese, greens and serve.

This pasta is good even after a day in the fridge.

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