Looking for tasty ways to use up leftover stew? We’ve got loads of ways to turn leftover stew into a whole new dinner! Easy dinner ideas you’ll just LOVE!
Stew Leftover Ideas
You’ve got to love 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 leftover stew and use it to make another meal.
Here’s our top tips on what to do with your leftover stew, casserole or curry.
Ways to use up leftover stew, casserole or curry
Turn leftover stew into more stew
If you’ve only a small quantity of stew leftover 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 tin of 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, or if it’s a curry then add in a little more curry paste or curry powder. This will just make sure the meal stays flavourful.
Turn leftover stew into pie or pasties
You can use leftover stew or curry 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.
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.
You could also turn your stew into a pie – just tip into a pie dish, top with a sheet of puff 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.
I serve pasties and pie with mashed potatoes or oven chips and add a side of green vegetables.
Turn leftover stew into savoury rice
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 leftover stew into pasta bake
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 leftover stew to fill baked potatoes
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.
Make soup with leftover stew
You can turn leftover stew 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 with leftover stew
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 leftover stew to make stir fry
Reheat your leftover 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.
Leftover stew sloppy joes
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 leftover stew
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.