Leftover Roast Pork Pasta Bake

Got tons of leftovers from Sunday lunch? This Leftover Roast Pork Pasta Bake is a super simple way to turn leftover Pork into another filling family meal. Perfect topped with cheese!

So, life’s mental now, hey? I think for me, the crazy thing is how fast everything has changed. Two weeks ago, we were going about life as usual.

Now we’re barely allowed out of the house. It’s a bit of an adjustment.

Michael this morning said, “Mum, is it the weekend?” It’s Wednesday! But to be honest, I had to check. None of us have really got a clue.

But, we are adjusting, as I’m sure many of you are too.

We’re all at home all of the time now in our household, and I’m sure as a self-employed person I’m not alone in saying that my work is vanishing in front of my eyes.

We’re home-schooling, which is fun. And just generally trying to keep everyone busy. It’s been sunny this week, which always helps.

I suspect things will be harder if we have a cold/wet spell. Which of course we will, it’s England.

Top shot of leftover roast pork pasta bake in glass casserole dish, with served portions and a bowl of salad to side.

Eating In Lockdown

Food has always been a big part of our lives, and even that is now changing.

Shopping is harder, we’re trying to do it as little as possible, while never running out, and always being prepared for the idea of complete isolation.

Which means that we’re trying hard to make meals go further. Lots of leftover meals, smaller portions, more side orders and freezing anything that we’ve got left for another day.

But, we’re still trying to eat together as a family most nights.

The only times we don’t all eat together is when the kids get a pizza treat and Husband and I enjoy a date night dinner once they’ve gone to bed.

Chopped fruits and veg

Eating together like this is crucial to us. It adds normality. It helps us to keep to routines, and it gives us all a chance to reflect, and remember all of the things that we’ve got to be grateful for. But, we are being more careful about what we eat.

A Sunday Roast is always nice, and actually, if you use your leftovers well, incredibly good value for money. This is especially true of pork. Joints of pork are cheap, easy to cook, and always tasty.

This quick and easy Pork Pasta Bake is so easy, cheap, and filling. It’s the perfect way to use up leftover meat, and another fabulous family dinner on its own.

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Using Leftover Roast Pork

I’m not going to lie, while these lovely family meals are a great way to use up leftovers, and a Leftover Pork Pasta Bake is brilliant if you’ve got plenty of pork and a family to feed, it’s not my favourite.

My favourite way to use up Leftover Roast Pork is a big fat sandwich, with stuffing and gravy.

Gorgeous, and perfect if it’s for lunch the next day and you don’t have much meat.

But, if you are looking for a meal, Pork Pasta Bake, hotpots, stir-fries, casseroles, and stews are all fantastic ideas.

How to Pull Pork

Top shot of leftover pork, shredded in bowl.

How do you pull pork? Even now that pulled pork is so popular, it can be a bit of a mystery.

When I’m using up a leftover joint of pork like this, I leave it to cool, and then use my fingers to literally pull the pork apart, almost like peeling shreds away from the rest.

It’s super simple. You can also use two forks to pull the meat apart roughly.

How Long Will Pork Pasta Bake Last?

If you have pork on Sunday, but don’t want to eat Leftover Roast Pork Pasta Bake on Monday, personally I would prepare the pork, cover or place it in an airtight tub, and leave it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it again.

It will keep for 3-4 days.

If you’ve got leftover Pulled Pork Pasta Bake, this will also last in a sealed tub in the fridge for 3-4 days. Just make sure you reheat it until the meat is piping hot.

Reheating Leftover Pasta Bake

3/4 shot of table. Pork pasta bake in cooking dish in centre, 3 served bowls surrounding.

If you do want to reheat your pasta bake, I would lightly sprinkle with water, cover with a lid or loosely with foil so that the top of the pasta doesn’t crisp, and heat in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the pork is thoroughly cooked.

Can You Use Fresh Pork?

Top shot of a serving of pork pasta bake in pasta dish with salad. Cooking dish and salad bowl leaving shot.

If you want to make a Pulled Pork Pasta Bake, without the leftovers, of course, you can. Cook the pork to package instructions, pull or peel and then follow the recipe.

How to Serve Leftover Roast Pork Pasta Bake

I serve my pork pasta bake with salad, and sometimes garlic bread. This tends to go down well with the kids.

Yield: 4 People

Leftover Roast Pork Pasta Bake

Top shot of served pasta bake with salad in pasta bowl

Got tons of leftovers from Sunday lunch? This Leftover Roast Pork Pasta Bake is a super simple way to turn leftover Pork into another filling family meal. Perfect topped with cheese!

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • Cooking Spray
  • 250 g Penne Pasta - Cooked to packet instructions, for half of the specified time (this is usually around 5-6 minutes for white pasta)
  • 500 g Leftover Roast Pork - Shredded or Pulled
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 400 g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 100 ml Water
  • 1 tsp Tomato Puree
  • 2 tsp Cajun Seasoning
  • Pinch Chilli Flakes
  • 30 g Parmesan Cheese - Grated
  • 30 g Cheddar Cheese - Grated

Instructions

  1. Mist a large frying pan with some cooking spray, or heat a splash of oil
  2. Gently fry the onion for 5 minutes until soft
  3. Add the pork and mix together
  4. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, and add a 100ml of water
  5. Stir in the tomato puree, the cajun seasoning, and the chilli flakes, and bring to a simmer
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often, and preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  7. After 20minutes, remove from the heat and mix in the pasta
  8. Tip into a large oven dish
  9. Top with grated Parmesan and cheddar
  10. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes

Notes

I shred my pork on Sunday night, once it’s cooled, using my fingers to tear the meat. You can also use the more traditional method of pulling it with two forks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 557Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 816mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 38g

The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors.

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