Have you ever had leftover spaghetti noodles, but no leftover spaghetti sauce? If you had an extra can or jar of spaghetti sauce (or some ingredients to make your own), you might like to just pour some new sauce over those old noodles, or maybe you’re content with just ketchup, or to have them plain. You could also just boil some butter/margarine to pour over them, or just throw some olive oil and salt on top…
I like to eat leftover spaghetti all of those ways, but one of my favorite ways to enjoy the leftover noodles is to fry it in olive oil.
Please keep in mind that by “Leftover” I mean “already been cooked”. If you have leftover uncooked noodles, those may be best saved for another day, although this meal can be made fresh too (I’ve done it a few times). You’d just want to boil, drain, and rinse the noodles first. In my opinion, this tastes better with leftover noodles though.
If you wanted to, you could also use other leftover noodles too. It doesn’t have to be limited to spaghetti.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- cold, cooked spaghetti noodles (or other cold, cooked pasta)
- oil (recommended: 100% extra virgin olive oil)
- Italian seasoning
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- other recommended herbs: parsley, basil, rosemary
- onion (peeled, sliced, or diced)
- other recommended ingredients: broccoli, cabbage, nutritional yeast flakes, and sliced veggie dogs
- sea salt
How You Make It:
- Place an appropriate sized sauce pan (for the portion[s] you are cooking) onto an appropriately sized burner. Turn heat to high or medium, depending on how long the stove takes to heat up. ( I start on high on my stove, and turn it down to medium once I hear the oil cracking and popping).
- Pour a little bit of oil into the pan and spread it around with a spatula so that there is a very thin layer on the bottom of the pan.
- If you have fresh or leftover uncooked onion and/or veggies and/or veggie meats, this would be the step where you would add them, and you may want to pour a little more oil over them if they are sticking. If they are already cooked, you may want to wait.
- Add noodles. Stir well.
- Pour a little bit more oil over the noodles. If you have a large or medium saucepan, you should need no more than a tablespoon or two. For a very small sauce pan, maybe a teaspoon or two.
- If your onion, vegetables, and/or veggie meats are already cooked, this is where you would want to add them.
- Dust the noodles and other items in the frying pan with garlic and onion powder. By dusting, I mean to have a layer that looks dusty.
- Dash on herbs ’till your heart’s content.
- Continue stirring and watching to make sure the food doesn’t burn. If necessary, add more oil, but try not to add too much. You don’t want to make yourself (or others, if you are feeding this to others) sick. If you are only using noodles, you can remove them at any time. Onions and other vegetables should be soft, and veggie meats should be lightly browned or at least warmed all the way through (test a piece), if using them, before the dish is removed and eaten/served.
- Now that the dish is cooked, add just enough salt so that you can taste it (if you want to add salt. You don’t have to, if you like your food without salt), and mix well.
Partner this with bread or garlic bread, if desired.