How to use up old pasta

by michelle on February 18, 2010 · 0 comments

Sunday night, I cooked dinner for my in-laws.  It was super simple.  I just made some chili, and we had elbow macaroni and fritos to with it.  It’s always a big hit with everyone.

I was about to pour the pasta in the pot when I asked how much pasta I should make.  The box says the whole thing contains 7 servings.  There were 5 adults, and left overs are always ok.  So we just decided to throw the whole box of wheat elbow macaroni into the water.

After everyone was done with dinner, we still had half of the pasta left.  Oops!

So, 3 out of the 4 days so far this week, I have made my lunch using this pasta.  And it’s been fun, economical and super duper easy.

Day 1

I made a super simple cheese sauce from scratch.  Just start with a tablespoon or two of oil, and about half that much flour.  When that starts bubbling, add milk until you think you have enough for however many servings you want, then add whatever cheese you have on hand.  I used cheddar and a mexican four-cheese blend!  Then I mixed in the left-over pasta and a can of tuna.  Delicious!

Day 2

Made the same cheese sauce and this time I added vegetables as a healthy boost!  (Too bad baby wasn’t too fond of peas that day.  I had to pick the peas out to eat he rest of my lunch!

Day 3

I felt that I had mac and cheese too many times this week already, and so I decided to use some marinara sauce instead.  But then I added parmesean, ricotta, and mozzarella to the red sauce as it was heating, added the macaroni when it was all melty, and now I have mac & cheese italian style!  Delicious!

Gotta love using up those leftovers!

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