Cheesy Baked Summer Carbonara

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So….let’s say you make some pasta for dinner.

And you mean to make just enough for you and your husband. But by the time you’ve cooked the pasta, added the veggies, and swirled them together in the egg and cheese sauce…you have enough for both of you plus a few extra servings.

It happens.

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But when it’s a dish like carbonara, how will it reheat? I was a little scared to just heat up the leftover summer vegetable carbonara as-is. A dry, eggy pasta dish didn’t sound like a great dinner choice, and I was leaning towards just going out to dinner instead of even trying.

The great thing about any kind of pasta leftovers? You can add some extra liquid or binder, top it with cheese, bake it and you have a brand new dish that’s never boring.

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Instead of tossing the pasta or eating out, this carbonara was tossed with some extra eggs, milk, and cheese, completely smothered with a layer of mozzarella, and baked until the cheese was browned and bubbly.

Browned cheese makes every dish better, don’t you think?

With a slice of buttered bread and some green beans, we got a few more servings out of this pasta remix.

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Cheesy Baked Summer Carbonara

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Dump the pasta leftovers into a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller dish, whisk the eggs with the parmesan, milk, and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the pasta and toss together until the pasta is coated.
  4. Pour the pasta into a greased baking dish and scatter the mozzarella over the pasta.
  5. Bake at 375 for 25-35 minutes until the pasta is hot and the cheese is melted and browned.

9 Responses to “Cheesy Baked Summer Carbonara”

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    Sarah — August 3, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Yum, that looks so good! I have beet greens, summer squash and mushrooms that want me to do this to them. Yup, they told me.

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    Kathryn — August 3, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I always have pasta left over (mainly because I always panic I’m not going to have enough to eat so add a little extra to the pan!) but this is a great way to make a whole new dish from something that I wouldn’t normally bother saving!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

    What a great way to use leftovers! I always make too much pasta and then end up eating it plain because I’m too lazy to do anything with it. And yeah, brown cheese makes everything better!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Leftovers reinvented is great. Eating the same meal over and over again can be so boring. I’m not sure how kids do it!

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    Cait's Plate — August 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    YUM! That looks so deliciously cheesy and good!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Browned cheese definitely makes things better!

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    Michelle @ Find Your Balance — August 5, 2012 at 2:17 am

    That’s a good idea. I hate leftover pasta, all dry and yuck. Good way to save money and make the most out of leftovers!

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    Sues — August 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Love it! Such a great idea and one I never seem to think of. And yes, browned cheese does make everything better!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    You’re on a carbonara kick! Love it!

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