Got leftovers? I do. All the time. Need ideas for putting those leftovers together to make a quick and tasty dish that doesn't taste like leftovers? I get that. All that's needed for this meal is a little leftover cooked pasta, cooked veggies, some kind of protein, if you so desire, a few eggs and a hot pan.
In this case, I scored some leftover pasta from dinner made by a friend and brought it home. Dinner was delicious, bucatini pasta, haricot vert, garlic, hot pepper flakes and parmesan. A simple, tasty dish, just like Mama would make. Not MY mama, but someone's Italian mama. At home, a day later, I pulled the pasta from the fridge and heated up the cast iron skillet. A little splash of olive oil heated to shimmering, and in went the pasta. I cut up some of my country French chicken breast that was left from another meal, shaved up some extra parmesan and sprinkled on a few extra red pepper flakes. Don't mess with the pasta at all, just let it sit there and sizzle. It's busy making a nice pasta crust on the bottom.
Sometimes I'll invert the pie over a board and serve it bottom side up, but I liked the way the chicken and green vegetables looked, so it stayed right side up. Love the way the little holes in the pasta showed up on the cut side.