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Creamy BBQ Pulled Pork Pasta

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This creamy pulled pork pasta is a great way to rework your leftover pulled pork. It is a hearty one pan dinner that is sure to be a hit with your family.

close up of enameled cast iron skillet full of creamy bbq pulled pork spaghetti with melted cheese, tomatoes, green onions and bbq sauce on top

Turn leftover pulled pork into a completely different meal with this fun creamy BBQ pulled pork pasta.  It comes together quickly and is the perfect combination of creamy, sweet, tangy and meaty. 

It is a great way to do a leftover makeover and get a hearty and delicious dinner on the table!

Here I go again with another recipe for using up left over pulled pork. It is just handy to have a variety of things to do with what is left.

Pulled pork is one of those entrees that almost always produces leftovers. I mean if you are smoking  some pork butt you might as well do two right?

Or in my brother’s eyes, if you are doing two you might as well do four. He’ll bring one to share with the guys at work and have a family dinner.

He keeps some and the rest seems to find it’s way to my fridge. He’s never heard me complain about it.  Not even once!

serving plate with bbq pulled pork spaghetti on it and skillet of remaining dinner next to it

After the wild success of the creamy pulled pork enchiladas, I thought it would be fun to do a different spin on the delicious bit of leftover pork. I always have pasta on hand, so spaghetti seemed like a perfect option.

A quick rummage through the pantry and fridge and a delicious dinner was born. My husband really liked it and my brother thought it was pretty cool.

I think he was tempted to come reclaim some of his leftovers so he could make some for himself. Maybe next time he will keep a little more so he can enjoy his own pulled pork pasta.

cast iron skillet full of bbq pulled pork spaghetti with melted cheese and herbs on top

We’ve made this multiple times now and it’s a hit every time. It is a nice mix of creamy and BBQ. It is quick, easy and delicious too.

Plus it is fun to slurp up noodles and these have an unexpected flavor combination that you wouldn’t expect with your spaghetti, which makes them extra fun! Though after having them you may wonder why BBQ and pasta don’t end up together more often.

fork with twirled creamy bbq pulled pork spaghetti on it.

What to cook your pulled pork pasta in

We originally made this in a large skillet like a nice big 12″ cast iron skillet.  Recently I’ve been making it in my 3 quart braiser and that makes cleanup a breeze. 

Those choices make it a little bit easier because they can go rom the stove to the oven without an issue. If you don’t have a big oven safe skillet, you could definitely bake it off in a 9×13″ pan or casserole dish.

Is shredded pork the same as pulled pork?

Yes. Pulled pork is usually made from a pork shoulder or Boston butt. It is slow cooked until it is tender, then it is usually hand shredded. Though really any kind of shredded pork can be used in this recipe.

What cheese goes well with pulled pork?

This BBQ spaghetti can be topped with many different kinds of cheese. Sharp cheddar is a great flavorful option, but Colby jack, Monterey jack and pepper jack are all wonderful as well.

Tips for using leftover pulled pork

  • Store small amounts in plastic bags in the freezer to pull out for dinners later
  • Small amounts of pulled pork can be stretched making this pasta, pulled pork rice or other meals that can feed the family without having a ton of meat.
  • A little pulled pork can quickly and easily be turned into a taco, pork taquitos or a quesadilla as well.

You don’t have to have leftover pulled pork to make the recipe. You can throw a hunk of pork shoulder in a slow cooker or instant pot and cook it until it is easily shredded.

Variations on BBQ Pasta

  • Use any shape of pasta you have on hand, they would all be fun and delicious. 
  • Use your favorite BBQ sauce, as it is a main flavoring to the dish.
  • Feel free to stir in veggies like corn, chopped bell peppers, even jalapenos would be delicious!
  • This would also be great with leftover grilled or BBQ chicken. Just shred or chop the chicken and toss it into the mix in place of the pulled pork.

I love re-purposing leftovers. My husband thinks it is one of my super powers!

Besides enchiladas and spaghetti, I’ve also shared recipes for a fun cheesy hot pulled pork dip, nachos and an enchilada verde style soup.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg, you can see the full selection of pulled pork goodness to see just how obsessed we are around here.

What are your favorite ways to use leftover pulled pork?

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Yield: 8 Servings

Creamy BBQ Pulled Pork Spaghetti

Pan filled with bbq pork spaghetti.

Turn leftover pulled pork into a completely different meal with this fun creamy bbq pulled pork spaghetti. It comes together quickly and is the perfect combination of creamy, sweet, tangy and meaty. It is a great way to switch it up and get dinner on the table!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz spaghetti noodles, cooked al dente according to directions
  • 3 cups pulled pork (or whatever amount you have)
  • 2/3 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 12 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, cojack etc.)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease pan. I used a 12-inch cast iron skillet, but you could easily adapt and bake it in a 9×13 pan.
  2. In skillet over low heat, stir together pulled pork, BBQ sauce, tomatoes and cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese is melty and incorporated. Stir in cooked spaghetti and green onions until combined. Spread evenly in pan and then top with shredded cheese.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through.
  4. Serve with desired toppings.

Notes

This recipe also works well with leftover BBQ chicken.

Great topping ideas: chopped tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, BBQ sauce, jalapenos and more!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 1100mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 24gProtein: 21g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This creamy pulled pork spaghetti is a great way to rework your leftover pulled pork. It is a hearty one pan dinner that is sure to be a hit with your family.

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Lisa Filla

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

Can you serve this cold at a picnic or something like that?

Carlee

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

I think it would be kind of thick to serve as a pasta salad, but it may work. I think I would add pulled pork to something intended to be a pasta salad. It would be delicious in bbq ranch pasta salad.

Suzanne

Friday 8th of October 2021

I wish you people would comment after you actually made it instead of “ this looks delicious can’t wait to make it “. That’s not helpful at all.

Mary Lou

Thursday 26th of May 2022

@Suzanne, Agree! I want reviews for recipes, not comments about the photo or plans to try it.

Carlee

Friday 8th of October 2021

Thank you!

Lori

Saturday 5th of June 2021

This recipe is delicious. I had some fresh linguine so used that instead of the spaghetti and added some mushrooms that were sauteed a bit first.

Carlee

Sunday 6th of June 2021

I am so glad you liked it!

LynF

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Can I make this as a complete freezer meal? Im having surgery

Unknown

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Made this tonight, and it was better than I expected it to be. The green onions really make this dish imo.

Carlee

Saturday 14th of July 2018

Yay! I am glad you liked it!

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