Christmas Leftover Pasta
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Christmas Leftover Pasta

Looking for alternative ways to use up your leftovers from Christmas Day? I’ve already got a leftover pie recipe, but after making two already this year for the freezer I needed to use up my leftovers in a different way.

You can use whatever you have to hand, almost anything goes but here are a few substitutes for my recipe below:

  • Onions and leeks – shallots
  • Brussel Sprout Tops – shredded Brussel Sprouts, kale, cabbage, spinach
  • Turkey stock – pinch of stock powder with 100ml water
  • Thyme – other herbs such as sage, oregano or chives
  • Cream – use milk, but add an extra teaspoon of flour
  • Turkey – leftover roast chicken
  • Ham – bacon (cook with the onions if raw) or pancetta
  • Parmesan – any leftover cheese would work such as stilton, cheddar, goats cheese
Christmas Leftover Pasta

Serves 4


  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 100g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • A few sprigs of thyme, leaves removed
  • 1 tsp plain flour
  • 100g turkey stock
  • 100g Brussel sprout tops
  • 150ml double cream
  • 100g ham, chopped
  • 150g cooked turkey, chopped
  • 100g peas
  • 300g pasta

To serve

  • Parmesan


  • In a pan add the oil and onion. Cook for a few minutes before adding the leeks and mushrooms, cooking till soft.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling water for 2 minutes less than the cooking instructions.
  • Add the garlic and thyme, stir and add the flour. Mix well to coat everything before pouring in the stock. Cook till the sauce thickens.
  • Add the Brussel sprout tops and cook till just wilted before adding the cream. Mix well and add the cooked meat and peas.
  • Mix the cooked pasta into the sauce, using a little pasta water to loosen the sauce as needed.
  • Serve topped with parmesan and enjoy.
Christmas Leftover Pasta
Christmas Leftover Pasta

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