Making Pasties with Leftovers


Making pasties is one of my favourite easy ways to use up leftovers. I always have a few rolls of puff pastry in the freezer ready for if I have leftovers from any of the weeks meals. It is as simple as leaving your leftovers to chill in the fridge, then spooning into some ready made pastry.

Homemade Pastys with fillings made from leftoves

They are great because you only need a few spoonfuls of filling to make a few pasties that are great for lunches, quick snacks or as the basis for another dinner. I love making pasties with leftover beef stew and having them for tea with chips, gravy and mushy peas! They freeze really well when made too.

You can fill them with pretty much anything, some of our favourites are:

  • Leftover cauliflower / broccoli cheese
  • Leftover vegetable bake
  • Leftover beef / lamb / chicken etc stew
  • Leftover chilli
  • Leftover curry (curry pasties are soooo yummy and different)
  • Leftover bits from a roast dinner (mix together a few finely chopped veggies, a few chunks of meat and a bit of gravy)
  • Leftover chicken in sauce (from things like chicken in mushroom sauce, or even fajitas / casseroles etc).

Here are my basic instructions for making pasties…



Small bowlful of leftovers (in the pics I am using leftover cauliflower and broccoli cheese)

1 roll of puff pastry

Splash of milk



1) Cut your pastry roll into squares / rectangles however big you want your pasties to be. I made two giant pasties and two smaller pasties.

Making pastys with ready rolled puff pastry

2) Add a spoonful of filling to the middle of each pasty.

Pastys with chilli, curry, cornish, beef, cheese and onion or vegetable fillings


3) Add a splash of milk to a small glass and use a brush to paint around the edge of each pastry square (where you will seal the pasty).

How to fill and seal pastys at home


4) Fold the pastry over the filling and crimp the edges together to seal the filling in the middle. You can do this with your fingers (like me) or be posh and use a fork. Don’t worry too much about how they look as they tend to look OK when they puff up even if they look messy when they go in!

How to make pastys using leftoves

5) Lightly flour a baking tray (this stops them sticking and stops the bottoms being greasy) and place your pasties on the tray.

Pasties made with jus-rol pastry

6) Brush a bit of milk over the top of the pasties.

7) Pop in the oven and cook for 15-20 mins (until nicely golden).


Do you have any more ideas for yummy pasty fillings?

L x





  1. Ahh! Thank you so much for some refreshing toddler lunch ideas! I am US based and if I saw one more suggestion for chicken nuggets or cheese sticks I was going to loose it. I love that your list is full of things Mommy wants to eat too! Thanks!


  2. great idea – I will certainly be making these in my home. You mentioned freezing them – do you freeze them raw or cooked? And if cooked, how do you reheat them to stop them going soggy?

    • You can freeze them raw or cooked. If raw you can defrost then cook, or cook from frozen, turning the heat down a bit and cooking for longer (you’ll see when they puff up, and check the middle is hot by poking with a skewer).

      If you freeze them cooked, you can then either let them defrost and pop them in the oven for 5-10 minutes to warm through and crisp again or defrost them in the microwave and then let them crisp up a bit in the oven afterwards. I tend to just freeze cooked and then microwave to warm though as I am impatient and kind of like them a bit soggy haha 🙂

      Hope this helps 🙂 L x

  3. Thank you so much for your post about pasties and toddler lunch ideas! As a northern English mum, pasties are a fave of ours especially for the 2 year old! but it can get expensive and worrying about fats/salt/ additive stuff when bought at a pasty shop or supermarket! So much better to do it ourselves! Thanks for the great ideas of keeping pastry in freezer and using leftovers! Genius! Great to hear from a uk mum (and fellow northerner!) looking forward to seeing more of your blog! Thank you xx

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