14 Winning Ways to Use Leftover Roast Pork

The other white meat gets made over and over

A roast pork loin is a wonderful dinner but can often leave you with lots of leftovers. Instead of reheating and eating the same meal, incorporate the leftover pork roast into an interesting entrée, many of which are a complete dinner in themselves.

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    Mexican Rice With Pork

    Mexican rice side of the border recipe

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    If you like rice, you'll love this recipe for Mexican rice with pork. You can make it with leftover brown or white rice (or cook a new batch of rice) and add just a few diced vegetables and seasonings for flavor. Chop up a cup or so of the leftover pork and add it just before the simmer for a filling and delicious meal.

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    Pork-Stuffed Cuban Sandwich

    Traditional Cuban Panini

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    This meaty pressed pork-stuffed Cuban sandwich with Swiss cheese and mustard makes a great lunch or a light dinner with a Cuban twist. If you can't find Cuban bread, Italian will work just as well. Good-quality pickles will elevate the sandwich, and a few slices of salami will add a salty kick.

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    Pork Stroganoff

    Try 'Grunt' for a Take on Beef Stroganoff

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    Although this Russian dish is traditionally made with beef, using leftover pork roast is a great way to speed up the process. This recipe comes together with a few additional ingredients you probably already have in the fridge and pantry, such as mushrooms, wine, stock, onion, and sour cream.

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    Easy Pork and Noodle Bake

    Easy Pork and Noodle Bake

     The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Make this easy pork and noodle bake for a quick and inexpensive weeknight dinner. Instead of browning the pork first, add the diced leftover pork roast after you sauté the onion and celery. Cook your noodles slightly al dente so they don't get mushy, and feel free to use whichever shape you've got on hand.

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    Pork and Spaghetti Casserole

    Pork and Spaghetti Casserole

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    If you have a can of cream of mushroom soup, frozen mixed vegetables, and spaghetti in your kitchen, plus the leftover pork roast, you'll be able to whip together this delicious pork and spaghetti casserole in no time. You can make your own béchamel sauce if you don't have, or want to avoid, processed canned soup.

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    Leftover Pork Pot Pie

    Leftover Pork Pot Pie

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    We may be most familiar with chicken pot pie, but you can make this pastry-topped one-dish meal with pork, too. This leftover pork pot pie recipe calls for making your own pie crust, but feel free to use a prepared puff pastry or pie crust, instead. If snap peas aren't your style, substitute whichever vegetables you prefer.

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    Quick Pork and Rice Casserole

    Quick Pork and Rice Casserole

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    This creamy quick pork and rice casserole comes together easily for a filling meal that your whole family will love. Leftover pork roast, onion, celery, cooked rice, soy sauce, and cream of mushroom soup are combined and baked until hot and bubbling. Add diced carrots or peas for extra nutrition and a pop of color.

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    Delectable Pork Pita Wraps

    Delectable Pork Pita Wraps

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    If you live in a major city, you may have tried the popular street food gyros. You can easily make your own at home with leftover roast pork. Just grab a flat pita (the pocket kind are too thick), some fresh tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce, and wrap it all up into a delectable pork pita wrap. Adding a slightly sour sumac will give it that authentic taste, but you can leave it out. In Greece, many people add french fries to their pita wraps, so feel free to do the same.

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    Pork Chop Suey

    Chinese Chop Suey

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    This fantastic pork chop suey recipe calls for fresh pork, but you can also make it with your roast pork leftovers. Just skip the steps for marinating and cooking the pork. Use bok choy, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and bell pepper for the most classic Chinese flavor. Serve it over white rice, and you've got yourself a satisfying and filling dinner.

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    Pad See Ew With Leftover Pork

    Pad See Ew With Leftover Pork

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    When using leftover pork to make this variation of a pad see ew recipe, there's no need to marinate it. Just skip right to stir-frying the vegetables and the pork together. Rice noodles can be fragile, but don't worry about separating them perfectly since a few clumps will also prevent breakage.

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    Leftover Pork and Potato Hash

    Leftover Pork and Potato Hash Recipe

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    If you have some cooked potatoes along with the leftover pork roast, you can put together this skillet dinner in no time. Use either cream of mushroom or celery soup in this simple leftover pork and potato hash recipe, or make your own white sauce.

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    Mashed Potato and Pork Casserole

    Pork and Mashed Potato Casserole

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    This twist on cottage or shepherd's pie will give your leftover pork new life. If you served baked or mashed potatoes with the pork loin on the first night, this follow-up recipe comes together even quicker. Top the mashed potato and pork casserole with shredded cheese for an extra-decadent dish.

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    Spicy Pork Jambalaya

    Spicy Pork Jambalaya

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    If you like a dinner with a little spice, give this zippy spicy pork jambalaya a try. Diced leftover pork and andouille sausage provide protein to this rice and black-eyed peas combination, while Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper give it that signature kick. Add the pork toward the end of cooking to heat it through.

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    Pork and Vegetable Chow Mein

    Vegetable chow mein
    Farina Kingsley, reprinted with permission of YC Media

    Instead of ordering Chinese takeout, whip up this one-dish pork and vegetable chow mein. Slicing your leftover pork nice and thin will help it blend with the noodles and vegetables. This great fridge-cleaning recipe uses whatever vegetables you have on hand. For that signature zing, choose fresh ginger instead of ground.