Leftovers don’t have to be boring, just a simple idea to give the leftover new life is to bake it with cheese. I like these little single serving gratin dishes for this, as it makes the dish fresh and special even for a weeknight meal.
Easy to do, for this one I used leftover Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage, gathering it with some additional cheese and a bit of leftover tomato sauce.
Begin with spraying the gratin dish with cooking spray, or lightly oil with olive oil to prevent it from sticking. Add the pasta leftover, and bit of sauce.
Now, put a layer of cheese over the top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and lightly browned, and the dish is heated through. Yum! Looks like a brand new fresh dish, and doesn’t taste leftover at all!
Another day, the same idea with different pasta leftovers, this time a mushroom penne.
Ever make a stovetop tuna noodle casserole? The leftovers can be much more flavorful baked in gratin dishes with more cheese.
I like pasta, can you tell? Well, Italian food is DH’s favorite so I make it a lot. This time the leftovers featured bow tie pasta.
Leftover Chicken Florentine Lasagne doesn’t look very appealing cold.
But heated in the oven with a bit more cheese on top, and you have a wonderful fresh meal.
But it isn’t just pasta that works well, leftover turkey or chicken can become a delicious fresh entree in my recipe for Lighter Chicken Broccoli Mornay.
Next time you have some leftovers, consider making an individual serving with small gratin baking dishes. The big advantage is that the dish is eaten straight out of the oven, which keeps the meal warm through dinner.
Do you have a set of gratin dishes? Do you do anything special to leftovers to freshen up the dish?