Leftovers & Pasta surprise!

06 Apr

About an hour ago, Joe and I decided it was time to eat. We tossed around the usual luncheon ideas when he mentioned there was some plain wholemeal spaghetti left over from his dinner a few nights ago. The cogs started to turn, and this is what we just dined on!

[  SERVES: 2  |  TIME: 15 MIN  |  COST: <$3  ]
[  JOES’ RATING: 4.5/5  |  MY RATING:  4/5 ]


3 cups leftover cooked pasta
2 big handfuls rocket
1 cup cherry tomatoes
½ cup chopped yellow capsicum
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
small handful pine nuts
2 tablespoons  crushed garlic
good drizzle of olive oil
shaved peccorino romano cheese
salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a warm dry skillet, roast the pine nuts before placing aside.
  2. In the skillet add olive oil and garlic before frying it off slightly til fragrant. Add the cherry tomatoes and capsicum, stirring well to coat evenly. Heat through and sauté for a few minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and toss through the pasta. Again, ensure it gets a good coating of oil, garlic and that the vegetables become well incorporated. Stirring continually.
  4. Remove from heat and gently fold through the rocket and parsley. Season well with salt and cracked pepper.
  5. Garnish with grated hard cheese and pine nuts. Eat immediately.


  • Everything in todays meal was in the fridge. I didn’t organise anything ahead of time. Even so, these flavours just worked fantastically. Joe wants more, but alas, it was leftovers so there is none  left!
  • It could have used a freshen up with a tiny amount of lemon juice, but that’s probably more to do with me being fussy than anything else.
  • I am not usually one to give much salt to my cooking, but I did with this dish, and I am glad I did. The saltiness worked a treat against the sweetness of the tomatoes and the garlic flavours. Careful not to go over board, though!
  • Diabetic Note: My plate was the back one, and as such, it was a smaller server, and was mostly vegetables rather than pasta. Instead of eating bread, I supplemented my meal with a piece of fruit (citrus) and my Blood Glucose Levels should be happy for it.
  • Ethical Note: The average household wastes far too much food. Where possible, try incorporating your left overs into a quick make up meal such as this.
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6 responses to “Leftovers & Pasta surprise!

  1. narf7

    April 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

    NOW your talking! That looks delicious Rhianna! I just made hot cross buns but I would rather be eating your lunch 🙂

    • mizrhi

      April 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      It was really good. Joe and I definitely loved this, a lot! Fast, easy and tasty!

      My posts are generally a few days old by the time they are released (I try to have four or five posts saved up waiting for release on a schedule so if I get snowed under at work ect, Ill have posts rolling off still.) We ate this about a week ago!

  2. M. Baker

    April 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    There are different kinds of tuna pasta mayonnaise salad recipes to choose from but if you want to make an easy snack, simplicity is the key. You can just use these three ingredients (with perhaps a little salt and pepper to taste) or add a few more things to make it even better.


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