Not Sad Desk Lunch

Pasta, Reborn

By • July 9, 2013 • 8 Comments

As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty -- even if they're eaten while our eyes are on the screen. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.

Today, Kristen shares her strategy for giving day-old pasta new life.

Sprucing up Leftover Pasta from Food52

Kristen says:
Pasta ought to be the perfect Not Sad Desk Lunch -- chances are, you've got some leftover from dinner last night. But after a night in the fridge, noodles tend to go dry and clumpy -- eating them cold works, but it's a little sad

But with some sprucing, your faded pasta can be restored. Take Merrill's bright, springy Penne with Herb Butter and Peas. On day 1, we devoured all but one bowl. On day 2, I warmed the lingering Tupperware up in the microwave -- your office has a microwave, right? -- with a tiny bit of water to keep it from drying out. Then I jolted it back to life with more of the same herb butter and a squeeze of lemon. Also big sheets of Parmesan cheese for a little protein. I was not sad.

Tell us: how do you repurpose up day-old pasta?

Photo by Kristen Miglore

Tags: not sad desk lunch, pasta, leftovers, lunch, peas, butter, cheese

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about 1 year ago muse2323

For cream-sauced pasta leftovers, I often like to put it in glass or casserole cookware, top it with grated parm and bake it till the parm is getting just a smidge toasty. Doesn't work for office settings, unless you happen have an oven at work (home ec teacher, maybe), but if you have enough for dinner leftovers, it works really well.

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about 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Totally trying this -- cream sauces are the tricky ones!

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about 1 year ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

It's sooo good! When my oven broke a few summers ago, I relied on the microwave for so many things. Also, it sure beats heating up an already warm summer kitchen.

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about 1 year ago Marian Bull

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True!

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about 1 year ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

For my leftover plain-ish pasta, I like to make a quick microwave sauce with about a cup of sliced grape tomatoes (I especially like the super sweet orangey ones), a few basil leaves, a sliced clove of garlic, s+p, and olive oil. Nuke till bubbly, then throw in the pasta (which you've heated with a tiny bit of water), and toss together. Top off with shaved parm.

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about 1 year ago Marian Bull

Marian is Food52's Associate Editor.

I love this! I had never thought to make a sauce like that in the microwave before. My roommate makes a (stovetop) sauce for pasta that uses butter, thyme, sage, wine/wine vinegar, and cherry tomatoes. It's so good.

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about 1 year ago Brette Warshaw

WOW i love that idea!

Miglore

about 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Yum, Mrs. L.