Look In the Fridge Friday: Recipe idea for leftover spaghetti (or pasta)

Look in the Fridge FridayI’d say I wasted a significant amount of money at university on food that ended up being thrown in the trash.

In hindsight, it would have made sense to better manage the food in my fridge by looking for leftovers (or food on the verge of spoiling) each week before ordering take-out or buying more groceries.

Wow…good I thought of that now that I’m no longer a student. Doh!

Oh well…a good thought should never go to waste, so today I’m sharing what I recently made using leftover spaghetti. It’s a super easy pasta dinner I would have most definitely made as a student. I call it Venerdi Notte Speciale Spaghetti

Translation: Friday Night Spaghetti Special (yeah, couldn’t come up with anything better than that…but hey it has a nice ring to it in Italian!!!!). 

What Was in My Fridge and What I Made

Look in the Fridge Friday

On the second shelf in my fridge I had about 2 cups of plain cooked leftover noodles in a container.

Leftover dinner idea for college students

My pizza-tooth was acting up so I searched the fridge for my favorite pizza toppings (pepperoni, green pepper and mushrooms). Found the first two! I chopped the pepperoni and diced the green pepper before frying them with a teaspoon of oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Took about 4 minutes.

Leftover spaghtti recipe for college students

In went the leftover spaghetti! I gave it a quick toss.

Easy leftover recipe for college students

I wasn’t in the mood for tomato sauce, so I poked around the fridge for the low-fat Italian salad dressing I knew was in there. Three tablespoons did the trick to give this amount of pasta some bright zesty flavor (add less or more based on the amount of pasta you’re using). Tossed it again with the tongs…

Look in the Fridge Friday

And wound up with this tasty looking number in about 7 minutes!

Extra Cooking Credit

Easy leftover recipe for college students

Because of the salad dressing, I thought this pasta deserved to be treated more like a salad. So I tossed on a few good looking cherry tomatoes I had quartered.

Easy leftover food idea for college students.

Voila! Here’s what your bland looking leftover spaghetti can look like in the bowl!

Look in the Fridge Friday

On your fork (or spork)!

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3 thoughts on “Look In the Fridge Friday: Recipe idea for leftover spaghetti (or pasta)

  1. chloeforeman247 says:

    I have just began a cooking page, I am at university and LOVE your channel. If there are any of your dishes you think I should try please let me know!.


    • Brent ~ College Recipe Cafe ~ says:

      Thanks so much Chloe! Appreciate your comment and happy to hear you like what’s happening at the cafe. What foods do you like? What kind of cooking do you enjoy? If you find a recipe here that fits with what you like and enjoy then that’s the one I recommend!

      • chloeforeman247 says:

        I love Italian food. Pasta and sauces make my word go round. I will be looking through to find things I like. You have a very yummy blog.

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