Giada uses this simple trick to turn leftover pasta into a whole new meal

Giada De Laurentiis has a brilliant trick of turning leftover pasta into a brand new meal that kids – including her 11-year-old daughter Jade – absolutely want to have for lunch.

Since many of us are home from school and work and cook most meals at home, fans of the 49-year-old Food Network star and frequent TODAY contributors have requested recipes that make good use of leftovers. Earlier this week, Giada and Jade had fun in the kitchen making great looking pomodoro – a quick but delicious dish consisting of pasta, tomatoes, olive oil and other simple ingredients.

Giada shared an adorable photo of Jade serving up the tasty looking pasta Instagram.

“Chef Jade serves pomodoro 🍝😍,” captioned Giada’s daughter’s photo with two wooden spoons to scoop up all that carb-laden goodness. She added the hashtags #proudmama and #mommymoments to her post as the duo are clearly trying to make the most of this time to stay at home.

Surprisingly, there must be enough left over from this mouthwatering dish for Giada to make a brand new recipe, and it’s one she teased her last week Instagram page.

“Many people ask what else they can do with pasta and marinara … pasta pizza!” she captioned a photo of a great dish that brings together two of our favorite dishes into a very desirable dish. “My mom made this for me when I was growing up and it’s great for you, you can also eat cold for breakfast or lunch. Use the pasta you have (doesn’t have to be spaghetti), a little cheese + egg. You can also throw in vegetables if you have any, “she wrote, while linking to the simple recipe.

In her Instagram stories, De Laurentiis walks us through a simple step-by-step recipe to turn yesterday’s pasta into today’s lunch.

“Use some leftovers from Jade’s dinner last night to make her lunch today,” she said in her video. “Here we go!”

De Laurentiis mixes the pasta with one egg and some Parmesan cheese and pours it into a hot, oiled skillet (she used olive oil but you can use regular oil, she notes). “I just push it down … the egg holds it together,” she says. “Right now, we’re just sitting and waiting for it to turn nice and brown at the bottom.”

De Laurentiis then turns off the stove, puts a plate on the pan and turns a towel to make sure it doesn’t slip out of her hands, on a plate.

Then she slides the pasta, which already looks nicely browned and congealed, back into the pan on the uncooked side for a minute.

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“I turn off the stove and leave it on for a minute when it’s cooked on the other side,” she says. “Try putting it in a non-stick pan so it just slips out. And it’s like a little pizza cake. Then I cut it into pieces and cover it with a small arugula and lunch is ready! ‘

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The finished dish, which she calls ‘Jades lunch’, looks absolutely delectable. (Lucky Jade!)

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If only Giada delivered.

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