Christmas Leftovers – Recipe: Chestnut, Cranberry, Stilton & Sprout Pasta

Despite the, as yet, unbashed out backlog, I am determined to start to plan ahead and to actually publish some seasonal recipes.   The general Fuss Free rule is to not even to start to think about Christmas until after my birthday (the exception to this is things seen in the sales).  Birthday is done so time to think ahead.

This dish is in part inspired by the amazing Christmas produce box I received yesterday from Knorr (the majority of which has been stashed in the freezer).

In general I am a huge sprout fan, providing they are cooked properly.  Institutional over boiled mushy soggy sprouts that squirt bitter water into your mouth are an abomination, and I can quite understand why one sprouty school dinner can put people off for life.   I either shred and stir fry or roast them, both are quite delicious.

Matched with some tart cranberries, soft sweet chestnuts and creamy Stilton they make the perfect festive quartet.     You could add some leftover bacon from your turkey, or if you do not eat diary, use some pine nuts in place of the Stilton and leave out the butter.   Perfect seasonal pasta using leftovers to cater for omnivores, vegetarians or vegans.   This was quite delicious, and possibly far too good to wait to be made from Christmas (or even Thanksgiving leftovers) leftovers!

Recipe:  Chestnut, Cranberry, Stilton & Sprout Pasta

Amounts are approximate, use what you have.   Do not go mad on quantities if you over indulged on Christmas day!

Per person

4 or 5 sprouts – sliced
A glug of oil
A pat of butter
Ready cooked chestnuts –  sliced – 3 or 4 per person
A small handful of cranberries (or a spoon of leftover cranberry sauce)

2-3oz / 50 – 75g pasta

A slither of Stilton – crumbled
Salt & Pepper to taste

Finely shred the sprouts, if they have not been cooked place in a sieve and pour a kettle of boiling water over to soften them.

Heat up the oil and butter and gently fry the sprouts, chestnuts and cranberries.  Meanwhile boil the pasta.

When the pasta is done, drain, stir into the sprout, chestnut and cranberry mix.    Serve immediately topped with the crumbled Stilton.

Sending this to Ren’s Simple and in Season and Presto Pasta Nights hosted this week by Tandy at Lavender and Lime.

I hope that Lucy Cufflin, the leftover queen will be proud of me for devising this dish.

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Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance food & writer, photographer who has been writing about achievable, affordable and mostly healthy food on Fuss Free Flavours since 2007. She also contributes articles, recipes and photos to a number of online and print food magazines. Please do contact me if you would like to discuss commissioning work.

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  1. Very interesting however I’ve never heard of sprouts…so I’m not sure what they are? The dish looks yummy though! I love blue cheese!

  2. hmmmm that looks really good and i’m not a fan of sprouts at all…. you may be twisting my arm to get some in.

  3. Janine at mulledwine says:

    Shelby, sprouts are Brussels sprouts. Do you mean you’ve never heard of those?

    I never though of using pine nuts as a substitute.

  4. Oooh that looks delicious Helen, great use of the ingredients! Been wondering what to do with my chestnuts..!

  5. Just cooked this for my boyfriend. It was awesome! Thank you so much. Hardly any washing up either. Result!


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