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Bacon and Leftover Pasta Casserole

Bacon and Leftover Pasta Casserole

This Bacon and Leftover Pasta Casserole is a culinary revelation. It's a dish that takes ordinary leftover pasta and elevates it into something extraordinary. With layers of rich, savory bacon, creamy cheese, and perfectly cooked pasta, it's comfort food at its finest. The melding of flavors and textures in this casserole will leave you craving for more.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 cups leftover pasta (any type works)
  • 8 slices of crispy bacon, crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ tsp nutmeg (my secret ingredient for a unique twist)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a baking dish and set it aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the leftover pasta and crumbled bacon.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the pasta and bacon, ensuring everything is well-coated.
  • Transfer half of the mixture into the greased baking dish.
  • Sprinkle half of the shredded cheddar cheese over the pasta.
  • Repeat the layers with the remaining pasta mixture and cheese.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden and the casserole is set.
  • Remove from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before garnishing with fresh parsley.


Cooking Tips for the Best Results:

  1. Use your favorite type of leftover pasta, whether it’s spaghetti, penne, or fettuccine, to make this casserole uniquely yours.
  2. Make sure the bacon is crispy before crumbling it into the dish; it adds a delightful crunch.
  3. Grate your own cheddar cheese for a creamier texture and richer flavor.
  4. Adjust the seasoning to your taste. Nutmeg adds a subtle warmth, but feel free to experiment with other spices.
  5. Let the casserole rest for a few minutes after baking; this allows the flavors to meld together.

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FAQs about the Bacon and Leftover Pasta Casserole Recipe

Can I use fresh pasta instead of leftover pasta?

Certainly! You can use fresh pasta as well. Just cook it according to the package instructions before assembling the casserole.

What can I substitute for nutmeg?

While nutmeg adds a unique flavor, you can substitute it with a pinch of thyme or allspice or skip it altogether if you prefer a more traditional taste.

Can I make this casserole in advance?

Absolutely! You can assemble the casserole a few hours ahead and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake. Just remember to increase the baking time slightly if it’s cold from the fridge.

How do I reheat leftovers?

To reheat, cover the casserole with foil and warm it in the oven at 325°F (160°C) until heated through. Alternatively, you can microwave individual servings.

Can I add vegetables to this casserole?

Of course! You can customize this dish by adding sautéed mushrooms, spinach, or roasted red peppers for an extra burst of flavor and nutrition. Simply fold them into the pasta and bacon mixture before baking.

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