Making lasagna can be a very long and intensive process that sometimes ends with bits and pieces of leftover lasagna noodles. You may also end up with a box of noodles with two or three uncooked sheets in it. Thinking outside of the pasta box will help you find ways to save those leftover noodles from the trash. Italians are not the only ones that use pasta in their cooking. Asian cooking, well known for using noodles, can help you to spark inspiration for leftover lasagna noodles.
Chinese Noodle Soup
Use chicken stock and leftover chicken for a hearty Chinese-inspired soup. Mix ginger, garlic and lemongrass to taste into a pot of chicken stock. Add leftover chicken pieces to the stock and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and add chopped carrots, spring onions and bok choy. Cut or break your leftover lasagna noodles and add to the pot. Cook the soup until the noodles are done. Serve topped with bean sprouts.
Satay Noodles with Pork
Cut some pork loin and fresh ginger thinly. Heat some peanut oil in a frying pan. Add the sliced ginger and pork and cook thoroughly. Add some store-bought satay sauce and heat until the sauce bubbles. Cut or tear your precooked leftover lasagna noodles into long pieces and stir the mixture to coat. Transfer the noodle mixture into a large serving bowl. Sprinkle chopped peanuts, coriander and bean sprouts on the noodles and serve.
Chicken Curry Noodle Soup
Fry sliced garlic, ginger, onions and lemongrass in oil. Add some sliced chicken and cook thoroughly. Add curry powder or paste, salt, pepper and frozen green peas and stir. Mix in one can of coconut cream. Cut or tear the precooked leftover lasagna noodles into pieces and add to the mixture. Heat the noodles through. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle chopped cilantro and chilies on top. Serve with lime and extra chilies.
Mix your leftover lasagna noodles with melted butter, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar to taste. Core and slice apples into bite-sized pieces, using one apple for each person. Stir the apple pieces into the noodle mixture and mix well. Pour mixture into a well oiled baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs or crushed sweet cookies such as graham crackers. Bake in the oven on at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with ice cream while still hot.
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