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Leftover Pasta Pizza

An amazing use for any leftover pasta with tomato sauce. Leftover pasta pizza is so simple yet impressive for a quick weeknight dinner or lunch and no one will mind eating leftovers!! 
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Maria Doss

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups leftover pasta with tomato sauce, refer notes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, refer notes
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shredded fresh basil, to garnish

Instructions

  • Use cold or room temperature pasta. 
    If using spaghetti or any longer shaped pasta then chop 'em ( place pasta in a large bowl and roughly chop with scissors). 
  • Add egg, breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup mozzarella ( if your pasta has cheese already then you can skip this), salt and pepper (if required). Mix well to combine. 
  • Add olive oil to a (cold)non-stick pan and spread around. Add pasta mixture and spread uniformly while packing them to cover the base.  

To cook leftover pasta pizza on stovetop only

  • Place pan over high heat and lower heat to medium-low as soon as you hear the oil sizzle. Let pizza continue to cook for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan over top, cover with a lid and continue to cook until cheese melts. 
     Transfer pan on to a wire rack and sprinkle chopped fresh basil on top. After about 3-5 minutes, loosen the edges with a rubber spatula and gently transfer pizza onto a cutting board and cut into slices. 

To cook leftover pasta pizza in oven

  • Pre heat the oven's broiler with rack set about 8-inches from heat element. 
    Place pan over high heat and lower to medium-low as soon as you hear the oil sizzle. Let leftover pasta pizza continue to cook for about 2-minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan over top and immediately transfer pan ( pan is hot, careful) in to the oven. Continue to cook until cheese melts ( Keep a very close eye, since it will go from melted to burned in a few seconds ). 
    Transfer pan on to a wire rack and sprinkle chopped fresh basil on top. After about 3-5 minutes, loosen the edges with a rubber spatula and gently transfer pizza onto a cutting board and cut into slices. 

Notes

Non-stick pan is a must for this recipe. If using the broiler method, then make sure that the pan is oven safe. 
I used a 9-inch non-stick saute pan 
Any leftover pasta with tomato or marinara sauce with/without cheese works well. If using pasta without cheese then stir in some into the leftover pasta. 
Use cold or room temperature pasta and not hot/warm. 
Use mozzarella as much as or as little as you'd like. It's pizza after all!
About 5.2 ounces of uncooked pasta is perfect for this recipe.