Tender Baked Turtle...(Or What to do with Left over Chilli Con Carne)...

I always wondered what to do with leftovers.

I always do it


I always will.

However, when one night I had left over Chilli Con Carne, I really did not know what to do with it. Especially as I only had no bread in the house to mop it up with and an empty pot of rice.

Though what I did find in my cupboard was Conchiglioni. Now, you might be wondering what this is... Well I can tell you they are large pasta shells...

Now you can buy these in any supermarkets


I got mine from ASDA.

What I am going to make is Tender Baked Turtle...s. Everytime I look at these pastas they remind me of emptied homed little turtle backs.

Anyways, this is what I did to make any leftovers a lovely delicious next day's dinner treat.

Tender Baked Turtle


  • 350g Conchiglioni Pasta
  • Left over Chilli Con Carne (Now remember to adjust amount of pasta, depending of how much left of Con carne)
  • Grated Mature Cheese (You can use any type of cheese, I just used what ever I had in my fridge)
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Meanwhile cook the pasta in a large pan for 20 mins in a medium high heat. This type of pasta takes longer to boil compared to other types of pasta.

2. Now cook your left over chilli con carne on medium heat until gently bubbling. If it lacks sauce, pour a bit of hot water, a little at a time, to increase the sauce amount.

3. Now pour away the water from the cooked pasta and place the pasta into a large baking tin. Gently pour the chilli on carne over the pasta shells, till they are all fully covered.

4. Add the grated cheese over the pasta. Now I only like a sprinkling of cheese over my meals, but you can adjust to your preference, so if you like lots of cheese add more, if you don't, add less.

5. Cook the pasta in the oven for 10 - 15 mins, until the cheese has melted. And hey presto! Dinner is served.

Serve with a side salad for an nice simple dinner.

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