By Allrecipes Magazine
November 03, 2019

That's using your noodle!

Double the batch next time you cook spaghetti noodles and save half for later. It'll make these creative uses for leftovers even quicker and easier!

Photo: Andy Lyons

7 Ways to Use Up Leftover Spaghetti

"There's a reason spaghetti and meatballs appear on so many dinner tables - it's a comforting meal, easy to put together, and loaded with flavor. This recipe turns the traditional meal into party-ready, individual servings of spaghetti and meatballs muffin bites."

"This is adapted from a cooking show recipe to suit my family's taste. Unique dish that sounds strange, but is always a hit! Use leftover spaghetti for a quicker meal." —KKNORE

grilled spaghetti sandwich
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"A fun twist on spaghetti and meatballs that's sure to be kid-friendly!" —sanzoe

spaghetti pizza
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4 more ideas to use up leftover spaghetti:

4. Asian Noodle Bowls

Heat 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup each sliced fresh mushrooms and snow peas, 3/4 cup shredded carrot, and 4 sliced green onions. Cook, stirring, until crisp-tender. Add a minced garlic clove; cook a minute more. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1 tsp. sugar, and 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper; pour into skillet. Add 8 oz. cooked spaghetti and toss to coat. Cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Serves 4.

5. Spaghetti Donuts

Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk together 2 eggs and 3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan, then stir in 2 cups leftover cooked spaghetti, 1/4 cup marinara sauce, and 1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon. Arrange mixture in a greased 6-hole doughnut pan or form 6 (3-inch) doughnut shapes on a greased 10x15-inch baking pan. Bake until firm, about 15 minutes. Serve with additional marinara. Makes 6.

6. Chimichurri Spaghetti

It looks like pesto, but has a slightly spicier snap. Blend together 11/4 cups fresh parsley, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, 2 Tbsp. vinegar, 3 cloves garlic, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper in a blender until just chopped and a few leaves are still visible. Pour over 1 lb. reheated cooked spaghetti and top with grated Parmesan cheese. Serves 6.

7. Breakfast Nests

If you can make spaghetti donuts (above), you can certainly make spaghetti nests! Preheat oven to 400°F and grease 6 ramekins or custard cups. Beat an egg in a large bowl with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Add 8 oz. cooked spaghetti and 6 slices cooked chopped bacon; toss to coat. Divide mixture among ramekins and twirl each with a fork, creating an indentation in center. Bake 5 minutes. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup shredded cheddar. Break an egg into each indentation. Bake until whites are set and yolks are thickened, 20 minutes more. Let stand 5 minutes. Serves 6.

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Portions of this article originally appeared in the December/January 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.