Friday, March 12, 2010

Leftovers Don't Have to Suck

We three bachelors are doing okay while Alexis is in Florida with her mother and twin aunts. I was going to grill some hot wings & potato skins tonight for the basketball games but thunderstorms and hail dissuaded me.
Looking around, I had some leftover grilled chicken, some tomato cream sauce I had frozen from a prior recipe, a few onion/poppy seed rolls, and a pint of grape tomatoes. So I made what Trevor called "Chicken Spaghetto".


I put the grape tomatoes on a pan and mixed them with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh chopped basil.

I popped them in the oven at 400f for 20 minutes and then set aside in their juices.

While that was going on I cooked 8 ounces of angel hair pasta, thawed the frozen cream sauce, and let the chicken sit out.

I mixed the hot noodles and tomato with the sauce and chicken. Seasoned it with salt, pepper, and some more basil. Letting that sit for about 10 minutes was enough to warm it through. During that time, I used the rolls to make some garlic/mozzarella toast.


Not bad for using leftovers.

16 comments:

  1. Not bad at all! We actually eat leftovers once a week. With it just being the two of us (and me not quite over the cooking for 5 that I did for 20 years) we always have leftovers.

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  2. Those are my kind of leftovers. I love tomato cream sauce!

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  3. Looks great Chris. Many wonderful meals can come from leftovers with just a little creativity. I'm a total intentional leftovers maker.
    You boys have a great weekend and stay out of trouble ;-)

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  4. definitely not bad using leftovers-awesome. I would really enjoy this dish.

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  5. Now, that is my kind of dinner!

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  6. Leftovers don't suck. Ever. Especially if you can dress them up and make them look like a brand new meal. Even better!

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  7. Chris, to borrow your phrase, "these sure don't suck." What a great job you did with leftovers. They are truly a challenge sometimes and you did a great job.
    Sam

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  8. Looks like you did fine with those leftovers. Looks delicious.

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  9. This looks delicious - a great way to use those last grape tomatoes. And I'm a sucker for garlic and cheese toast. Nice job, Chris!

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  10. Roasted tomatoes are so the way to go when we're in the depths of winter and tomato season seems like it will never return again. This dish is a fantastic use of leftovers! If you had just presented it as is, I would never have known that it was a clean-out-the-fridge kind of dish. Delicious.

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  11. I love when I can make a meal with leftovers of other meals!

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  12. Great looking meal Chris - very creative. We had a little hail as well - trying to remember the last time I saw the sun, but I try never to complain about the rain - the drought is too recent to forget.

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  13. I my house we call this default pasta. Chicken Speghetto is a much better name. GREG

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  14. I refuse to believe you have leftovers like normal people have leftovers....what you've got are just too perfect and I'm thinking voodoo is involved.

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  15. I love using leftover to make a fantastic meal - it looks delicious.

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  16. This is the best leftover dish I've ever seen

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