Five recipes for Christmas leftovers including turkey carbonara and Christmas truffle pudding

Five recipes for Christmas leftovers including turkey carbonara and Christmas truffle pudding

It’s easy to get caught up in Christmas food shopping – leaving you with plenty of leftovers to use after the big day. But with a little creative thinking in the kitchen, this won’t go to waste.

Aldi is hoping to help people with turkey sticking out of their ears by sharing some inspiring recipes. Her budget-friendly suggestions include turkey carbonara with truffle peas and Christmas pudding.

Read on to see how you can put your Christmas leftovers to good use. Full recipes, including step-by-step instructions, can be found on the Aldi website here.

Türkiye carbonara with rice

Türkiye carbonara with rice(Image: Aldi)

Use leftover turkey to make a creamy white wine carbonara sauce to serve four people. Aldi suggests serving it with rice and peas.

It will take ten minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to cook.


450 grams of leftover cooked turkey meat

80g package of pancetta slices

1 chicken stock cube

300 ml double cream

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 large onion, cut into thin slices

35 grams Parmigiano, grated

1 teaspoon paprika

120 ml of white wine

20 ml lemon juice

320 grams long grain rice

150 grams of mango out

25 grams of butter

15 ml olive oil

black pepper

Find the full recipe here

Chocolate Christmas pudding

Chocolate Christmas pudding(Image: Aldi)

Christmas pudding won’t attract everyone at the dinner table, but these chocolate-covered truffles might do the trick. Serving 18 people, Aldi says the easy-to-make truffles could be the perfect after-dinner treat for any guests you might be hosting – and you can even use up some Christmas drinks you may have left in the cupboard.


200 grams of leftover Christmas pudding

140 grams of milk chocolate

10ml amaretto, brandy, sherry or dark rum

20 grams of cocoa powder

Find the full recipe here

Bubble and squeak

Bubble and squeak with Christmas leftovers(Image: Aldi)

This traditional British recipe for bubbles and squeaks is one way to make more exciting use of leftover vegetables. It serves four people and should only take five minutes to prepare, with a cooking time of 25 minutes.

“Serve with eggs and bacon for a hearty Boxing Day breakfast,” suggests Aldi.


700 grams of leftover vegetables and potatoes

60 grams of butter

50 ml olive oil


2X garlic cloves, minced

Find the full recipe here

Leftover Yorkshire pudding

Leftover Yorkshire pudding(Image: Aldi)

Christmas dinner in a wrap – what’s not to love? You can use this recipe to use up leftover turkey, as well as any vegetables you may be running out of, and don’t forget to serve it with gravy.

You will need a shallow baking tray for this and the cooking time is 30 minutes after a 15-minute prep.


60 grams of plain flour

150 ml semi-skimmed milk

4 medium sized eggs


200g leftover or ready-to-cook beef, lamb or chicken steaks

200g remaining vegetables – or sliced ​​red onion, spinach leaves and carrot strips

Sun flower oil

Find the full recipe here

Remaining cheese sauce

Remaining cheese sauce(Image: Aldi)

Instead of letting your leftover cheese board rot (or snack on for weeks), you can turn it into a delicious sauce. Aldi suggests serving it over pasta as a fondue or using it to coat cauliflower or broccoli and baking it in the oven.


160 grams of remaining cheese

60 grams of butter

60 grams of plain flour

700 ml milk


Sea salt and white pepper

Find the full recipe here

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