Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

Spaghetti Quesadilla

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

Real talk. My life is super boring. I’ve barely left my house this week because I’ve been obsessively watching every Olympic thing ever. I’m not embarrassed. I’m quite content to sit in front of my tv with some pizza and watch some fencing. What’s really got me stressed out about it is this new Instagram Story nonsense.

I mean, it’s hard enough to make your life look constantly perfect in photos. Now I have to keep up with Snapchat (see my boring life at awesomeon20) and put up a constant stream of dreamy video and photos throughout the day on Instagram? I’m kinda mad at it. What do you guys think of Instagram stories? Do you prefer Snapchat? Tell me in the comments which one you’re most into.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

I’m revealing another bit of my boring life with this “dish.” I frequently make spaghetti with jarred pasta sauce. I don’t care. I like it. But my real secret agenda is to eat leftover spaghetti sandwiches. I toast some regular sandwich bread, spread it with butter, sprinkle on a dash of garlic powder, and then pile on some heated up leftover spaghetti. Fold that whole thing over taco style, and stick it in your face. It’s the best.

Then I thought, what if you take this a step further, add some mozzarella cheese, and stuff it all in a tortilla? It was just as awesome as I hoped it would be. It’s a fun way to use up leftovers without just eating the same thing over and over again. The creamy mozzarella goes all gooey, and the tortilla goes a bit crispy. The whole thing is pretty dang great.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

I still have some leftover spaghetti. I’m going to make myself another Spaghetti Quesadilla right now. Should I put it on Instagram Story or Snapchat? Life is tough. Let’s just eat.

 

Spaghetti Quesadilla
Serves 1
An awesome way to use up leftovers, this Spaghetti Quesadilla is cheesy, crunchy, and super tasty.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon oil
  2. 1 cup leftover spaghetti
  3. 1 flour tortilla
  4. 1/4 cup (or more) shredded mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Put a large skillet over medium low heat and add your oil to preheat. If you happen to have some garlic oil in your pantry, I think that would be really nice here.
  2. Heat up your spaghetti in the microwave for about a minute so that it's hot when it goes into the tortilla.
  3. Put your tortilla on a plate and spread half your cheese on one half of the tortilla. Use as much cheese as you like. I'm not gonna judge.
  4. Spread your warm spaghetti over the first layer of cheese, and then scatter the remaining cheese on top of that. You want one half of the tortilla to be layered with cheese, spaghetti, and then more cheese to create the glue once you fold over the the empty side of your tortilla.
  5. Carefully transfer your quesadilla to the hot pan and cook for three to four minutes per side until it's as brown and toasty as you like.
  6. Carefully transfer your now gooey quesadilla to a cutting board and cut into triangles. Eat and be awesome.
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Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

Aloha awesome friends! Did you know that tomorrow is pasta day? I promise to always give you plenty of excuses to eat awesomely!

In Hawaiian families, if there’s a celebration, there’s gotta be kalua pig. That’s the Hawaiian version of bbq pulled pork. Traditionally, it’s cooked in the ground, but Grandpa Bob only let Grandma Onie dig a giant hole in the backyard for very special occasions. Most of the time, you can make it in your own oven. There are basically two ingredients: pork and salt. Of course, if it’s Hawaiian sea salt, that makes it a million times better.

I still don’t have the recipe for my grandma’s kalua pig. Maybe someday somebody will actually write it down for me. But I swear, hers is the best. And she never ever fails to make way too much. I could eat this stuff slapped on a Hawaiian roll with a bit of barbecue sauce for the rest of my life, but sometimes it’s fun to make leftovers a little more exciting.

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese is completely insane. The salty pork blends perfectly with the extra gooey cheese sauce. There’s a tiny hint of spicy sweetness from just a little barbecue sauce. And the extra awesome bit is that you’ll have leftovers of your leftovers. I halved the recipe this time, and we still ate this for three days.

It doesn’t have to be kalua pig. If you don’t live on the islands, you can use your favorite Southern bbq recipe. And it doesn’t have to be homemade pulled pork, either. Sometimes you can’t wait around for that special occasion to get your cheesy pig fix.

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

This dish is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re ready for hard core indulgence and seriously ono grindz, you’ve gotta try kalua pig mac and cheese. Now!

Kalua Pig Mac & Cheese
Serves 6
Salty kalua pig mixed with extra gooey mac and cheese is so ono!
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces short pasta
  2. 1/2 tablespoon butter
  3. 1/2 tablespoon flour
  4. 3/4 cup milk (I used skim and it was plenty rich)
  5. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  7. 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  8. 4 ounces shredded swiss cheese
  9. 1 ounce grated parmesan cheese
  10. 4 ounces kalua pig
  11. 1/8 cup barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta in plenty of salted water according to package directions.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter, then sprinkle the flour over it to create a roux. Whisk butter and flour together into a paste and allow to cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Slowly whisk in the milk. Try to prevent lumps. Add garlic powder and cayenne. Let it thicken until it just starts to bubble.
  4. Stir in the cheese and mix until smooth. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir kalua pig and barbecue sauce together in a small bowl.
  6. After you've drained your pasta, return it to the pot. Pour over the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Fold in kalua pig mixture. You can add pepper if you like, but taste it before adding any salt. You may not need it since the pig is so salty.
  7. Go ahead and unbutton your pants before you even get started.
Adapted from Healthy Delicious
Adapted from Healthy Delicious
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Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta from Awesome on 20

Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta

Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta from Awesome on 20

This cheesy spinach and ricotta baked pasta saved the day.

You see, I had a dilemma. I don’t really care for leftovers most of the time. I get bored easily. It’s a thing. But I also can’t afford to waste food. If there’s a bowl of spinach and ricotta mixture left over from calzone grilled cheese sitting in my refrigerator, I can’t just let it go to waste. That bowl is probably worth two bucks. It hurts my heart to waste.

Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta from Awesome on 20

 

Luckily, there was also some macaroni and a half empty jar of pasta sauce kickin’ around my kitchen. And since Emily went home, and it’s now just the two of us again, I had just enough ingredients lying around to make something completely new without leaving the house or spending another dime. Super score!

What’s better than gooey cheesy pasta with hidden spinach and tomato sauce for added flavor, texture, and a slight decrease in guilt. Of course, putting a slice of provolone over the whole thing can only make this situation a whole lot brighter. A perfect, individual one pot dinner that takes about five minutes of actual effort and helps you clean out your fridge and pantry. There are so many ways this recipe is winning. 

Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta from Awesome on 20

Oh, and it’s vegetarian, so you can share it with your veggie friends. Yay! I love my veggie friends. And I love pasta and cheese. And I really love saving money. Eating, though, eating is definitely the best part.

Spinach Ricotta Baked Pasta
Serves 2
Individual baked pasta with spinach, ricotta, tomato sauce, and topped with melted provolone. A great way to use up leftovers in a whole new way.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4-6 ounces small pasta, I used macaroni
  2. 1/2 cup spinach and ricotta mixture
  3. 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  4. 2 slices provolone
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a medium pot, boil pasta until al dente. I always cook mine one minute less than the box suggests. Drain pasta.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, stir together spinach and ricotta mixture, tomato sauce, and cooked pasta.
  4. Spoon into ramekins and top with a slice of provolone.
  5. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet to make transport easier and to catch possible drips.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes to heat through and brown the cheese.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes and dig in. Pat yourself on the back for not being wasteful and for making a delicious dinner.
Notes
  1. Amounts are approximate. We're using up leftovers here, so get creative and use up whatever you have.
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