Top 10 Best Leftover Recipes

Leftovers are the bane of the cook's existence. Or they used to be. Remember when your mom would reply 'leftovers' to the query of 'what's for dinner'? And the groans that would result? Well, that doesn't have to happen anymore. These recipes are so good that you'll make the original recipe just to get the leftovers!

When used with imagination, leftover ingredients are like a mini-deli right in your refrigerator. And these recipes are interchangeable too. If you...MORE have leftover chicken, use it in the recipes for leftover salmon or ham. Let's hear it for leftovers!

  • 01 of 10

    Steak Quesadilla

    Steak Quesadillas. Linda Larsen

    Leftover steak is a treat. And when it's combined with cheese and tortillas in this simple recipe, it's swoon-worthy.

  • 02 of 10
    Fried Spaghetti Pizza. Linda Larsen

    For a great way to use up leftover cooked pasta, try this easy and delicious recipe for Fried Spaghetti Pizza. You'll love it!

  • 03 of 10
    Meatloaf Spaghetti
    Meatloaf Spaghetti. Linda Larsen

    Any leftover meatloaf recipe can be used in this spectacular dish. Not only is this the perfect way to disguise leftover meatloaf, but it's also just a four ingredient recipe!

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    Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara. Linda Larsen

    Here's a great recipe for using leftover cooked salmon. It would also be delicious with tuna or ham. The silky smooth sauce is perfect with the smoky bacon and perfectly cooked pasta.

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  • 05 of 10
    Ham and Scalloped Potatoes
    Ham and Scalloped Potatoes. Linda Larsen

    Ham and scalloped potatoes go together like peanut butter and jelly. This recipe is super simple if you also have leftover scalloped potatoes!

  • 06 of 10

    Primavera Risotto Cakes

    Primavera Risotto Patties
    Primavera Risotto Patties. Linda Larsen

    This wonderful recipe uses leftover risotto in a wonderful way. The creamy and rich risotto becomes tender little cakes with a crisp crust and meltingly cheesy insides. Yum.

  • 07 of 10
    Pasta Frittata
    Pasta Frittata. Linda Larsen

    I always seem to have leftover pasta, and my favorite way to use it in to make a frittata. Frittatas are easy and inexpensive and you usually have all of the ingredients on hand.

  • 08 of 10

    Curried Salmon Waldorf Salad

    Curried Salmon Waldorf Salad. Linda Larsen

    Leftover Salmon Fillets are precious because salmon isn't inexpensive. It's so good for you, though, and you should eat some type of fatty fish once a week. And use those leftovers! This sandwich spread is versatile enough to be used with any cooked meat.

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  • 09 of 10

    Turkey Tetrazzini

    Leftover turkey or chicken is delicious enveloped in a creamy sauce with pasta and fresh tomatoes. This is a great way to use up leftovers from a roasted chicken or turkey or buy a grocery store rotisserie chicken just for this dish.

  • 10 of 10

    Turkey Cobb Salad Wrap Sandwiches

    Well, bacon, blue cheese, and avocados could make any food taste like it's fit for a king. These sandwiches are delicious using cooked turkey, chicken, salmon, ham, or beef!