There’s nothing quite as comforting as a hot bowl of pasta on a cold night. However, there’s also nothing quite like the panic that’s induced by finding yourself at the end of a busy week, with a low supply of pantry goods and hungry mouths to feed.
Never fear – our love food hate waste pasta recipe will save your bacon! This delicious recipe is quick, easy and tasty, and that’s why we love it. Not only does it save your leftover dips from ending up in the bin, it can be pulled together with a variety of leftover meats and vegetables from your fridge so it requires little thought and even less planning.
If you’ve got dried pasta and leftover dip, you can create this dish within minutes. We’ve spent the last month experimenting with all sorts of pasta and dip combos, and have found that there’s almost no dip we can’t make a pasta dish with! Our favourite dip bases include cream cheese (such as smoky bacon, French onion or corn relish), tomato (such as salsa or bruschetta topping style dips), and pesto variations (basil, spinach and tomato pesto varieties were winning combinations).
Keen to give it a whirl? This basic recipe will see you through:
- 250g dried pasta of your choice
- 1-2 heads of broccoli, cut into small florets
- 300g of protein (cooked chicken, diced ham or swap the protein out for a few rashers of bacon)
- 50-75g leftover dip of your choice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp oil
- Cook pasta according to packet instructions.
- A few minutes before the pasta is ready, add broccoli to the same pot of water and cook for 3 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a non-stick saucepan and cook your protein if necessary (if you’re working with pre-cooked meat such as a rotisserie chicken, this step isn’t required).
- Drain pasta and broccoli mixture. Keep a cup of the cooking water aside.
- Toss pasta, broccoli, and your meat mixture together, and while mixture is still warm, stir through the dip. Season with salt and pepper to suit your tastes.
- To make the pasta dish a little more saucy, add a little of the pasta cooking water and stir through.
- Snap a quick pic of your dippy pasta to share with us at #lovefoodhatewastebne.
- Tuck in and enjoy!
Hot tips for the keen cook
- While this recipe works great with cream cheese, tomato and pesto based dips, please be warned, our experiments with hummus did not end well.
- Elevate this dish to hero status by adding other veggies from your crisper, keeping in mind which vegetables work well with your dip’s base ingredient. For example, baby spinach, capsicum, zucchini or mushrooms go great in a tomato based sauce. Creamy bases work well with asparagus, leek or peas.
- Leftover red meat such as lamb and beef go great in a tomato based dip, while pork is better in a cream based dip. Chicken is fantastic with both!
- A sprinkling of parmesan cheese on top never goes astray.
Next time you find yourself stuck for dinner ideas, why not try ‘dip’-ping your pasta in flavour?