What do you do when you have a ton of leftovers in the fridge that you know your family is sick of eating (and your kids didn’t like in the first place) and you need a family-pleasing, quick and easy dinner in 1/2 an hour?
I’d love to hear what you do! Please comment!
Here’s what I did:
I Googled a recipe to loosely follow. (I do this a lot. It gives me an idea of what I can combine and for how long something has to cook while still allowing room for my own creative input.) This is what I found: Basic Baked Spaghetti.
It’s a basic recipe for spaghetti baked in a casserole dish. I then added my own touch to it.
Leftovers on hand
- meatloaf made with ground beef, puréed frozen squash and puréed green peppers
- seasoned cooked chicken breast cubes
- Boil spaghetti
- Heat meatloaf, chicken and pasta sauce in skillet
- Stir cooked spaghetti into mixture in skillet
- Spread into 9×13 pan
- Sprinkle generously with shredded cheese (I buy tons of cheese whenever it goes on sale and then I shred it and freeze it for future use.)
- Bake for 30 minutes at 350° F
- Let sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting so that it cuts without being a slopping mess
- Serve and enjoy!
My kids loved it! My little helper had three full plates.
It was very similar to the spaghetti pie I once made.
I didn’t have to use the leftovers I had on hand, but I did and the flavour turned out great. Plus I got to clean out my fridge. Not to mention the health benefits of all the veggie purée I put in the meat when I made the meatloaf a few nights ago! Definitely contributed to the flavour.
This one’s going in my Go-To-Recipes book for sure.