Pasta salads and leftovers

Pasta salads and leftovers

By
Antonio Carluccio
Contains
12 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
9781849493703
Photographer
Laura Edwards

To combine pasta salads with pasta leftovers in a chapter might seem a little odd, but they do go together in many ways. For instance, you could use the trimmings of a chicken carcass or a meat roast in a pasta salad or a frittata, in a pasta sauce or filling, or even dumplings. This thrift is an essential part of the thinking of every Italian housewife: food is far too precious ever to be wasted. Even stale bread is not thrown away, but is dried further in the oven then crushed to make breadcrumbs, or used in salads. Some of my most interesting recipes have been created when I had to think about how to use certain leftovers.

But pasta salads are not only made with leftovers, they are often made with prime ingredients like seafood, vegetables, cheese and fungi. Short pastas are the best, and the pasta used must be dried. Because pasta salads are usually eaten cold, they could be a bit boring, unless you make them with very tasty items that compensate for the lack of a warm sauce. For this reason too, pasta salads should always be made with very good extra virgin olive oil, and seasoned particularly carefully.

Leftovers of any food can always find a use in the Italian kitchen, and I have devised several ways of using leftover pasta here, however please do remember that leftover pasta with sauce can always be simply reheated and enjoyed again! If you are reheating pasta in the oven, remember to cover the dish with foil to prevent too much drying; while reheating in a pan might need a little oil or butter to help it along and prevent it sticking. Though of course, sticking is sometimes exactly what you want the pasta to do…

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