Quick Leftover Pork Pesto Pasta

Quick Leftover Pork Pesto Pasta - Fab Food 4 AllIt’s been a busy old week as it was my birthday on Tuesday and at the last minute I decided to have a party on Saturday so am busy planning for that. So last night faced with the remaining hunk of pork from Sunday’s roast I scratched my head as to what I could make to use it up. I’d already made my usual Simple Pork Fried Rice on Monday but as this was an extra large piece of pork (served 9) which I’d got for the reduced bargain price of £1.86 I had more leftover meat than usual. It was time to develop another quick and easy recipe so after a quick rummage around the fridge and cupboards I came up with this Quick Leftover Pork Pesto Pasta!

Quick Leftover Pork Pesto Pasta - Fab Food 4 All

My daughter came down to lay the table and before she’d even asked what was for dinner she was making approving noises on seeing the pan as she loves all things pasta and I’m happy to say the meal went down very well with the family! So effortless, delicious and ready in 15 minutes I’ll be making this regularly from now on! You could pretty much adapt the ingredients to whatever you have to hand, if I’d had some peppers or spring onions then they could have gone in.

Do you have any quick and easy dishes you make to use up leftover pork? Do let me know in the comments!


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Quick Leftover Pork Pesto Pasta
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Leftover pork combined with cherry tomatoes, celery, red pesto and pasta - just the perfect quick meal your family will love!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 350g Fusilli (or any pasta shapes)
  • 2 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 250g Leftover roast pork, diced (or however much you have)
  • 2 Celery sticks, sliced
  • 16 – 20 Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 x 190g Jar Red Pesto
  • Parmesan shavings to garnish
  1. Cook the pasta according to their instructions.
  2. Meanwhile heat 1tbsp of oil in a wok (or similar) and fry the pork on a medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add another tbsp of oil plus the celery and tomatoes and continue cooking and stirring for about 8 minutes until everything cooked through.
  4. Drain the pasta and add to the wok along with the pesto and mix all the ingredients together thoroughly whilst still on the heat.
  5. Serve garnished with Parmesan shavings and a mixed salad.

Quick Leftover Pork Pesto Pasta - Fab Food 4 All

As this dish is so thrifty I am entering it into:

Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Helen who is hosting this month.
Extra Veg which is run by Helen  and Michelle, hosted this month by Elizabeth.
No Waste Food Challenge which is run by Elizabeth and currently hosted by

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  1. Diana

    What is red pesto? Is it called something else in USA?

    1. Camilla

      Hi Diane, I’m assuming you have pesto in the USA, red pesto is usually made with sun dried tomatoes and not basil which is the green one. But there are so many different types of pesto available now!

  2. Amy Fidler

    Love leftover recipes and this looks like a great one x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Amy, it is a fab quick recipe;-)

  3. sofia s.

    You never go wrong with pasta, plus I love pesto!

    1. Camilla

      Exactly Sofia:-)

  4. tracy sinclair

    Never had pasta and pork together before but it sounds a delicious combination, think I’m going to have to try it now, thankyou x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks! Me neither, but it worked really well:-)

  5. Caroline J Robinson

    This sounds ideal for my pasta loving little one and seems so easy to make

    1. Camilla

      It’s a regular hear now, may even try it with our leftover turkey:-)

  6. cat1980uk

    Hmm this will be perfect for day after boxing day as I am making Pulled Pork on Boxing Day and always left overs. Quick and easy meal sorted

    1. Camilla

      Great Cat, glad to help-)

  7. Cooking Craze

    It looks so tasty and delicious………..

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  8. mimamac

    I’m going to try it with leftover chicken. Thank you.

    1. Camilla

      Excellent or even try it with your leftover Christmas turkey:-)

  9. Nicole Neverman

    This pasta sounds really delicious. What a great idea for leftover roast pork.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Nicole:-)

  10. Rebekah Jones

    trying this tonight …. hubby just run out to get the ingredients we didnt have sounds scrummy 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, that’s dedication, enjoy:-)

  11. Martina Evans

    Great idea! At home we like to eat pork on Sunday. So this would be a great way to make another meal to eat during the week.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Martina, we loved it;-)

  12. Deborah Mackenzie

    this looks delightful; and can swop pork for chicken

    1. Camilla

      Yes, that’s what I also do with my Pork Fried Rice, swapping for chicken too:-)

  13. Heather Haigh

    Pork with pasta – great idea.

  14. kate @veggie desserts

    Great way to use up those bargain foods. And good luck for your impromptu party tomorrow!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate – party went so well with so many people coming at short notice, I was very lucky:-)

  15. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    This looks delicious Camilla. I think when you have a jar of pesto in the fridge, you always have a quick meal on hand.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Dannii:-)

  16. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    Two of my favourite things in one pasta dish. Looks rather lush.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Bintu, will be a regular on the menu here now:-)

  17. Sisley White

    What a brilliant way to use up leftovers. Love this and almost fancy having roast pork just so I have left overs to make this!

    1. Camilla

      LOL thanks Sisley:-)

  18. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    What a lovely looking pasta dish. Ideal for a midweek meal. When can I come round?

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jo, you can come round any time:-)

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