Take-out Tuesday, Turn Leftovers into a Magical Pasta Meal

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My son is always cooking wonderful meals for me

but Sunday I had a chance to cook something special for him!

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He spent the weekend on the coast securing our beach house

for Hurricanes Marco and Laura

I wanted to have a good dinner ready for him

when he returned, so he could relax for a change

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We have had the beach house for 35 years,

and have experienced many hurricanes

You prepare as best you can, evacuate and pray…

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A good meal helps too…

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There were quite a few vegetables in our fridge that were begging to be used, and my go to meal for using a little of this and a little of that is a casserole, and usually there’s pasta involved

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Back in March I made Asparagus and Ravioli Bake

It was so good I decided to make it again,

and amp it up a few notches

with the addition of more vegetables

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I found this fresh ravioli filled with asparagus and Gruyere

and it quickly hopped in my grocery cart…

It was just what I needed to make a magical meal!

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Fresh pasta only needs a quick boil in salted water and it’s ready

Psst, save some of that water,

it might be needed later

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I roasted bacon on a parchment paper lined rimmed baking pan so I could use the bacon fat to roast the Brussels sprouts

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I put the corn on the pan too and into the 400 degree oven

it went for 30 minutes

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I set the corn aside to cool

and the sprouts drained on a paper towel

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While the sprouts and corn were roasting

I sautéed the onions and mushrooms

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I also had a little tortellini with pesto sauce leftover

and decided to use it also

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I added the ravioli to the dish

and topped it with asparagus, mushrooms and onions

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The corn was cut from the cobs,

the bacon torn into pieces,

the Brussels sprouts and shaved Parmesan

joined the other ingredients

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With only 1/2 jar, {about 1 cup} of Alfredo sauce

leftover from last week’s pizzas,

I added a little reserved pasta water,

about 1/4 cup, to thin it out

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The thinned sauce poured down into all the nooks and crannies

and I gave it all a gentle toss to combine and cover all the ingredients

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A little more cheese on top…

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At this point the dish can be covered and refrigerated,

for baking later if desired

Bake pasta covered for 30 minutes,

uncover and continue baking for 10-15 minutes more

or until hot and melty

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Dig in!

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Magical Pasta Meal

2 types of pasta, 2 sauces, bacon and a rainbow of vegetables combine to make a magical meal!
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 9 oz fresh ravioli, about 2 cups
  • 2 cups fresh tortellini
  • 1/2 cup pesto sauce
  • 1 cup Alfredo sauce
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon
  • 20 stalks asparagus
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • olive oil
  • 4 oz sliced white or Baby Bella mushrooms
  • 2 ears corn
  • 10 large Brussels sprouts
  • 2 oz shaved Parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil for garnish optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and lay evenly spaced bacon strips on it
  • Place pan in oven and bake for 15 minutes, then open oven to check bacon
  • Remove any strips that are done and return pan to oven to finish cooking bacon, checking every 2-3 minutes
  • Drain bacon on paper towels
  • Trim sprouts and cut in half, and place on the baking pan in the bacon grease
  • Toss the Brussels sprouts around to coat and season with salt and pepper
  • Place corn, still in husk, on baking sheet with Brussels sprouts
  • Place vegetables in 400 degree oven and cook for 20-30 minutes, until sprouts begin to char
  • While sprouts are cooking, saute the onion in butter and olive oil over medium heat until golden
  • Push onions to the edge of skillet and add mushrooms
  • Increase heat to medium high and quickly saute mushrooms until golden
  • Drain sprouts on paper towels and set corn aside to cool
  • Cook pasta in boiling water until just al dente, about 3 minutes
  • Drain pasta, reserving a little pasta water
  • Put drained pasta into a greased baking dish, pour pesto sauce over all and toss to coat
  • Break off tough ends of asparagus, rinse and wrap in a kitchen towel
  • Microwave asparagus for 1 minute, cool and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Add mushrooms, onions, asparagus to pasta in dish
  • Cut corn from cobs, break bacon into 1 inch pieces, and add to pasta dish
  • Add sprouts and 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese to dish and gently toss
  • Mix alfredo sauce with about 1/4 cup reserved pasta water, stirring until smooth
  • Pour sauce over vegetables and pasta and gently fold ingredients into the sauce
  • Top casserole with remaining Parmesan, cover, and refrigerate
  • Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then uncover and continue baking for 10-15 more minutes until bubbling
  • Garnish with basil leaves and additional Parmesan if desired

Notes

Use any combo of cooked vegetables you like, broccoli , green beans, squash
Substitute a creamed soup for Alfredo sauce if desired and thin it with reserved pasta water for a sauce like consistency
Using a scant amount of sauce lets the flavors of all the ingredients come through, but use more sauce if you want a “wetter” pasta

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Enjoy!

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Comments
21 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Turn Leftovers into a Magical Pasta Meal”
  1. Jenna, we are a pasta-loving family! The ravioli with the Brussels Sprouts looks divine. I am always looking for a new ingredient to add to our pasta dishes.

    I hope all will be well with your beach house, prayers for all that will be impacted.

  2. thefrenchhutch says:

    This pasta dish looks and sounds delicious Jenna. Jim loves pasta and I think he’d really love this. I hope the hurricane won’t be anything more than a tropical storm when is comes ashore……..wherever it goes.

  3. That looks pretty darned delicious! Playing with leftovers can be fun and this looks tasty. I like the hint about doing the bacon on parchment and then the Brussels with the bacon grease. I’ll remember that one!

  4. Shelia says:

    I love your family and the way they take care of you and know it’s because they love you so. You are a great mom and I know any meal you prepare would be welcomed and loved by your family. I will keep you in my prayers, Bama Belle, until these hurricanes pass–you and all the folks on the coast. Take care, we are all holding you and yours in our hearts—Georgia Gal

    • Oh Shelia, thank you, that is sooo sweet! It looks like Laura is going to take her trouble to LA and TX, we will probably just have storm surge 🤞. Prayers for everyone! Thank you my Georgia Gal neighbor!

  5. creationsbycindyphotography.blogspot.com says:

    This is making me so hungry! Of course it is lunch time in my neck of the woods. I just pinned this dish. Looks so yummy and filling. Jenna, my husband calls the Brussels baby cabbage. He loves them. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Rita C. says:

    WOW, that looks really, really good!

  7. Rita C. says:

    ps…..praying your beach home stays safe. Looks like we will be getting a big part of Laura here in WV over the weekend as she turns east and slows down to a tropical depression.

  8. I’ve been looking at that brand of pasta and think I might just pick some up now-thanks:@)

  9. Mary says:

    Aack…I just lost my comment. Your pasta medley sounds delicious Jenna, love those pretty ravioli! Securing your beach house must be a daunting task, thank goodness your son is up to the challenge. Hope everything is safe and sound ♥

    • Thank you Mary, we dodged a big bullet this time…have I mentioned I HATE hurricane season, not fun!! Sorry about the comment thing, not sure what’s going on with that, I need to ask WP because Sarah had issues too…

  10. lghiggins says:

    I’m so glad your area was spared the worst this time. I have never been through a hurricane, and I feel so badly for those who endure them.

  11. Miz Helen says:

    Great Pasta Meal, it looks delicious! Happy that your area was out of harms way for the hurricanes. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,499 and hope you have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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