10 Scrumptious Leftover Meatloaf Recipes

Stretch Your Money and Make a Second Meal

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It's almost guaranteed that you'll have leftover meatloaf after enjoying it for a family dinner. It's a dish that does take time to prepare and, while you're at it, you can purposely make more than needed with the intention of using the leftovers. It's an excellent way to get two meals out of one and stretch your grocery budget.

Leftover meatloaf doesn't have to be boring! From spaghetti to quiche and grilled sandwiches to tacos, a good meatloaf recipe is surprisingly versatile. These recipes will offer plenty of inspiration and help you create an easy meal everyone is sure to love.

  • 01 of 10

    Meatloaf Spaghetti

    Meatloaf Spaghetti
    Linda Larsen

    Nearly any recipe that uses ground beef or sausage is a good candidate for leftover meatloaf. A classic dish like spaghetti is the perfect example. The seasoned meat is a nice complement to the sauce and pasta and makes this family favorite even quicker and easier to put together.

  • 02 of 10

    Grilled Meatloaf Sandwich

    Grilled Meatloaf Sandwich

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    A simple sandwich will get rid of that meatloaf in no time. There's no need to just slap it between two slices of the average bread, though! Enjoy this hearty grilled meatloaf sandwich on ciabatta with a little mustard and mayo. Add Havarti or Swiss cheese and you'll have an irresistible melt in minutes.

  • 03 of 10

    Meatloaf French Bread Pizza

    Meatloaf French Bread Pizza

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    Anything can go on a pizza, even meatloaf! It's the ideal substitute for sausage or pepperoni and there's no need to precook the meat because it's already done. The meatloaf French bread pizza recipe makes a fun afternoon snack or a light dinner for busy weeknights.

    You can also scrounge the toppings from the fridge. It's a great way to use up ingredients that may otherwise go to waste.

  • 04 of 10

    Meatloaf Stuffed Shells

    Meatloaf Stuffed Shells
    Linda Larsen

    With a box of jumbo pasta shells and a few pantry staples, you can turn that meatloaf into a very fun second meal. These meatloaf stuffed shells are great for lunch or dinner. They're filled with three kinds of cheese, garlic, onion, and your favorite pasta sauce.

    Your family will not even realize these shells are made from leftovers. They're also surprisingly filling, so no one should walk away from the table hungry.

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  • 05 of 10

    Quick Meatloaf Chili

    Quick Meatloaf Chili

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    In less than an hour, you can transform that meatloaf into a delicious, steaming pot of chili. This recipe is one of the easiest and quickest you will find and it's perfect for those last minute chili cravings on cold winter nights. It can be spicy or mild and it's likely you already have most of the ingredients required.

  • 06 of 10

    Meatloaf Shepherd's Pie

    Meatloaf Shepherd's Pie

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    Leftover meals are all about using up whatever you have in the kitchen, reducing food waste, and saving money. Few recipes are more resourceful than a delicious shepherd's pie. Toss in some leftover potatoes, explore the crisper for veggies, and season it to your heart's content. The possibilities are endless and it's really hard to go wrong with this one!

  • 07 of 10

    Beef Cheese Pan Quiche

    Beef Cheese Pan Quiche

    Linda Larsen

    For something a little different, use your leftover meatloaf in this fantastic beef cheese pan quiche. It's a surprisingly easy dish and the flavors of any classic meatloaf recipe will be perfect for the herbs and cheese.

    If you don't have a full pound of meatloaf, don't worry. Just use what you have. It may be a little lighter on the beef but it will still taste great.

  • 08 of 10

    Meatloaf Tacos

    Leftover Meatloaf Tacos
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    It only makes sense that tacos are also a great option for leftover meatloaf. Again, the meat's already cooked, so half the work is done.

    All you have to do is mix the meat with refried beans to create a tender taco meat. Like any taco dinner, set out favorite toppings—salsa, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes—and let your family build their own however they like.

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  • 09 of 10

    Indulgent Mac and Cheese

    Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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    This mac and cheese dish is intended to be meat-free, but it's a delicious use for meatloaf. No matter how much you have, simply crumble it up and mix it into the baking dish. Switch from chicken to beef broth and you've just turned a side into a next-day main dish that's fantastic with ​homemade bread.

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    Balsamic and Basil Bruschetta

    Bruschetta With Tomato
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    When you have just a little meatloaf leftover, turn it into a quick and delicious appetizer, light lunch, or snack. A recipe like this balsamic and basil bruschetta is a simple way to do just that.

    The sliced baguettes are topped with all sorts of fresh ingredients, including tomatoes, garlic, basil, and parsley. Add a small slice of meatloaf under all that and a healthy, delicious bite is ready to enjoy.

    For something even simpler, create a Spanish tapa like this Catalan bread and tomato sauce recipe. It requires just four ingredients and is a pure delight.