For busy mums and dad, spaghetti bolognese is a great mid-week meal that fills tums and can be made easily in bulk.

The question then becomes, what do you do with leftover bolognese sauce? The good news is there is so much you can do with your bolognese sauce to stretch it into two meals (or more if you really whipped up a big batch!). Here are more than 20 ideas to get you started. Yay for leftovers!

1. Lasagne

Probably the most obvious way to use up leftover bolognese sauce, a lasagne is so much easier to cook when half the work has already been done. If you feel like you don’t really have enough sauce to make a whole lasagne, you can always throw in a tin of tomato, some beans, or even some crispy diced bacon to stretch it out even more. Looks like a winner to us!

2. Tacos

Tacos are the ultimate last-minute dinner when you’ve got leftover bolognese sauce. Just warm the sauce in a pan and throw in some tinned tomatoes, some Mexican/taco seasoning, and some black beans if you have them and you’ve got a great taco filling. Pair with salad and cheese for a family-friendly meal.

3. Jacket Potatoes

If you’re looking for comfort food, jacket potatoes are a great choice, and it’s easy to pair bolognese sauce with them. Just roast a couple of decent sized potatoes (you can par-boil them first if you choose), cut them open at the top and spoon your leftover bolognese sauce all over them. Top with yoghurt or sour cream and cheese, and serve some salad on the side!

4. Polenta + Sauce

Polenta might not be the most popular grain in the homes of Australia, but it should be. Not only is it really yummy, but it goes great with leftover bolognese sauce and it’s really filling. Polenta is a kind of cornmeal porridge, which you can whip up on the stove by mixing 4-5 parts water/stock with 1 part polenta (by volume). Once cooked, stir through butter or cheese, and top with your sauce.

5. Stuffed Capsicum

A super easy, and really fast, dinner that uses leftover bolognese sauce is the humble stuffed capsicums. Stretch your bolognese sauce by adding rice and a little bit of tinned tomatoes, and then fill capsicums that have had their tops sliced off. Pop some grated cheese on the top, whack the lid of the capsicum bake on, and bake until tender. Easy!

 

6. Cottage Pie

Cottage pie, what a comfort meal. Also a breeze to make with your leftover bolognese sauce. Heat the sauce and pour it into a baking dish so it’s at least 2.5cm thick. You can stretch the sauce using any methods you prefer (adding tinned tomatoes, stock, beans, peas etc). Then just top with mashed potatoes (even better if you have leftovers) for a unique tomato cottage pie.

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