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Looking for tasty ways to use up leftover stew? We’ve got loads of ways to turn your leftovers into a whole new dinner! Easy dinner ideas you’ll just LOVE!

Save money on food!

One of the easiest ways to save money on food is by loving your leftovers!

Using up your leftovers saves money, saves food and saves time. So next time you’re looking sadly into a pan of leftover stew don’t bin it!

Save your leftovers and use it to make another meal.

Here’s our top tips on what to do with your leftovers. 

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How to use up leftover stew, casserole or curry

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With just a few added ingredients you can turn those leftovers into a whole new meal.

So no more wondering what to do with leftover chicken stew!

Recipes for using up leftover stew

Here’s how to repurpose stew – the easy way!

Turn leftovers into more stew

You will need….

  • leftover stew
  • tin chopped tomatoes
  • tin beans/chickpeas/lentils
  • tsp extra herbs/spices

If you’ve only a small quantity of leftovers and you need it to feed more than just 1-2 people, then it’s simple to turn it into more stew.

Reheat the stew in a saucepan on the hob, add to it a tin of chopped tomatoes and tinned beans, chickpeas or lentils to make it stretch.

You might need to add a little extra seasonings – so maybe a pinch of salt and pepper a few extra herbs.

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If it’s a curry that you’re stretching to create a new meal then add in a little more curry paste or curry powder. This will just make sure the meal stays flavourful.

Turn leftovers into a pie

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You will need…

  • leftover curry
  • pack of ready to roll puff or shortcrust pastry
  • some extra veggies if you need to bulk out the stew – for budget pie add in boiled potatoes and peas.
  • egg or milk to brush the pastry

To turn your stew into a pie – just tip the stew into a pie dish, top with a sheet of puff or shortcrust pastry and cook in the oven at around 200C until the pastry is risen and golden brown and the filling is properly heated through and piping hot.

Turn leftovers into pasties

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You will need…

  • leftover stew
  • pack of shortcrust pastry
  • egg or milk to brush the pastry before baking

You can use leftovers to make really easy pasties for dinner.

Use a packet of ready made shortcrust pastry, you can either use the ready to roll pastry and roll it out yourself or be even more lazy (like me) and buy the pastry ready rolled.

Use a saucer or small plate to cut out 4 circles of pastry, then place a spoonful of your leftover stew onto one half, fold over the pastry, crimp the edges together with a fork and brush with egg wash.

Get loads more easy casserole recipes here!

Bake the pasties in the oven at around 200C until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is properly heated through and piping hot.

I serve pasties and pie with mashed potatoes or oven chips and add a side of green vegetables.

Turn leftovers into savoury rice

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You will need…

  • leftover stew
  • 1 cup rice (cooked as per packet instructions)
  • a few handfuls of peas or sweetcorn to bulk it up

To turn leftover stew into a really quick savoury rice dish – simply reheat your leftover stew in a saucepan on the hob until it’s piping hot and heated through properly.

Cook a panful of rice whilst you reheat your stew. Once the rice and stew are cooked mix them together.

If you’re bit short of quantity add some beans, peas or corn to bulk it up. Serve topped with a scattering of grated cheese and dash of Worcestershire or hot chilli sauce.

Turn leftovers into pasta bake

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You will need…

  • leftover stew
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • cooked pasta
  • tsp of dried basil and dried oregano
  • 2-3 handfuls of grated cheese

Add a tin of tomatoes to your stew and stir in, then reheat your leftover stew and tomatoes in a saucepan on the hob until it’s piping hot and heated through properly.

Then toss in some cooked pasta a pinch of dried basil and dried oregano and stir to mix everything together.

Then add a layer of grated cheese, mozzarella or cheddar and brown under the grill.

Use leftovers to fill baked potatoes

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Use your leftover stew to fill baked potatoes and serve alongside vegetables or salad. If you need it to stretch to feed a few more add in a tin of baked beans before reheating the stew.

Serve sprinkled with grated cheese and a side of vegetables – I usually add peas and corn on the side.

Make soup with leftovers

You will need…

  • leftover stew
  • 300-500ml chicken/beef/vegetable stock (choose depending on the type of stew)
  • tin of beans or pulses
  • handful of soup pasta (or just snap up some spaghetti)

You can turn leftovers into soup and it’s really easy!

Add 300-500ml of chicken/beef/vegetable stock to your leftover stew, heat it up and add a handful of soup pasta, tin of beans or chickpeas.

Serve your quick soup with crusty bread or cheese on toast.

Make fajitas

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You will need…

  • leftover stew
  • tin of kidney beans
  • tin of tomatoes
  • tsp chilli powder
  • tsp cumin

Add a tin of kidney beans, tin of tomatoes and a teaspoonful each of chilli powder and cumin to the stew then reheat your leftover stew in a saucepan on the hob until it’s piping hot and heated through properly.

Use the stew to make fajitas, tacos or enchiladas. Serve with grated cheese and a dollop of soured cream dip.

Use leftovers to make stir fry

You will need…

  • leftover stew
  • 1 tsp 5 spice powder
  • 1 tbs sweet chilli sauce
  • handful each of sliced carrots, onions and broccoli
  • noodles or rice

Reheat your stew in a saucepan on the hob until it’s piping hot and heated through properly – add a tsp of 5-spice powder and tbs of sweet chilli sauce to the stew.

Briskly fry some carrot, onion and broccoli and then tip the leftover stew in as a stir fry sauce – serve tossed through freshly cooked noodles.

Leftovers sloppy joes

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You will need…

  • leftover stew
  • soft bread rolls
  • grated cheese

Break open some soft bread rolls, add the reheated stew, scatter with grated cheese and tuck in. We LOVE this made with leftover bolognese sauce! 

Make chilli from leftovers

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You will need…

  • leftover stew
  • tin of spicy mixed beans
  • tsp ground cumin
  • tsp chilli powder

Add a can of spicy mixed beans and teaspoon of ground cumin and pinch of chilli powder to your leftover stew then reheat your leftover stew in a saucepan on the hob until it’s piping hot and heated through properly.

Serve with rice and a side of cheesy nachos.

Get more delicious leftover recipes here

Want gravy with that?

Try our easy onion gravy recipe here.

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