4 cups of Pasta Primavera, leftover
6 ounces of fresh mozzarella, cubed
salt and pepper
1. Oven 400 degrees.
2. In a pie dish, (I used a glass Pyrex pie plate) grease bottom with olive oil, lightly.
3. In one bowl, toss your leftover pasta with cubed mozzarella cheese. Place tossed pasta and mozzarella
into pie plate.
4. In a separate bowl, beat eggs. Add salt and pepper to eggs to taste. Pour beaten eggs
over pasta and place pie plate on a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in the center of the oven.
Bake pie for 35 minutes. Check by putting a butter knife in the center of pie. If clean, pie should
be done. If wet, bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer. Let pie stand for 10 minutes before cutting into
wedges. Serves 8.
5. Enjoy – What leftover? I don’t see any leftover!
Welcome to my latest creation: Pasta Primavera Pie. This little brainstorm was born out of the desire for something new as well as the desire to use leftovers. For guidance, I referred to my spaghetti pie recipe, another gem that will find it’s way to you via a future posting.
I so appreciate that my husband, Tom, is a good cook. The best thing about his cooking is that he will make dinner if he gets home before me. Lately, he has been making dinner more nights than I. Adjusting to cooking for two people instead of a family of five has been a bit challenging for both of us, so leftovers frequently appear in my fridge. The good news is that they are great life/timesavers for those of us who have to bring lunch to the workplace. However, who gets excited about eating the same dish 3 days in a row? Not wanting to toss out food, we need to reinvent that leftover.
So, my Pasta Primavera Pie began with my Tom’s delicious pasta primavera for dinner the other night. It contained fresh broccoli, zucchini and carrots, sautéed in olive oil with garlic and tossed over angel hair pasta. There were about 4 or 5 cups of pasta leftover, and then the challenge to reinvent began. Pasta is pasta, I thought to myself. Why not make a pasta primavera pie, the same way I make my spaghetti pie. I added 2 more ingredients, and bingo, a new leftover arose from the ashes!
This dish is great for vegetarians too, served as a main dish or as a side dish. I am always trying to think of more exciting veggie dishes, and now I created another one. The other night I had dinner with my friend, Mela, and together we had my Pasta Primavera Pie, with a side of salad and rolls. It got the big thumbs up!
Remember when cooking, think outside the (pasta) box, and have some fun.