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The Best Way To Reheat Leftover Pasta To Be Juicy and Al Dente

Pasta or spaghetti is super simple and an excellent dish for any occasion, especially if you don’t have a lot of time to prepare.

Of all the recipes in this world, I could live on pasta every day. Change the sauce, and you have a brand new lunch. And there are probably as many types of sauce as people on this planet—everyone has their own special pasta sauce.

The only not-so-good thing about pasta is when it cools down. I never like to store pasta in the fridge for the next day. Somehow, I love it when it’s freshly cooked and al dente. So, if I have excess sauce, then I’d rather just store the sauce in the fridge and prepare new pasta for tomorrow.

But it happens that you have cooked too much, and you have leftover pasta. It’s a shame to throw it away if you can store it in the fridge for later use. The key is to know how to properly reheat the pasta so that you have a fresh and tasty meal as if it was its first day.

Reheating Plain Pasta

Plain pasta means that you put cooked pasta in the fridge without adding sauce to it. In fact, it’s the easiest to reheat, so we suggest that you always put pasta and sauce in the fridge separately whenever you have the opportunity and heat them separately the next day. 

You will heat this kind of pasta in almost the same way as you cooked it, only it will last much shorter.

Step 1: Prepare Boiling Water

First, heat the water until it boils. It’s the same as when you first cooked the pasta. However, you don’t need as much water as then. Commonly, when cooking pasta, it is good to have a larger bowl with more water so that the pasta can be cooked freely instead of the noodles sticking together.

Step 2: Add Pasta and Cook for 30 Seconds

When the water has boiled, you can put noodles in it. Cook them for about 30 to 45 seconds to heat up well. Do not leave the noodles to cook for too long, as you will end up with soft, sticky noodles. The pasta must be al dente to have the right taste.

Step 3: Strain the Pasta

When the pasta is thoroughly heated, strain the water, and your noodles will be ready. Serve them immediately with the sauce and enjoy a delicious lunch.

Reheating Spaghetti With Sauce

When learning how to reheat pasta, you might find that you can put cooked pasta a microwave safe plate and cook it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

However, when it comes to reheating pasta that already has the sauce on it, then it is best to use either a stove or an oven. Of course, you can’t put it in boiling water because the sauce will be washed out, and you will have some bland, tasteless crowd of noodles. 

And in this case of reheating, you have to be very careful not to overcook the spaghetti to make it taste as it did initially. Reheating on the stove will be slightly faster than heating in the oven only because it doesn’t take that long to heat the furnace.

Reheating The Pasta On The Stove

Step 1: Put a Pan with a Little Oil to Heat

First, put a teaspoon of oil to warm it up. Do not put on the highest heat but medium heat instead. You want to heat the pasta nicely and gradually, not ignite it. Since the temperature is not the highest, you are free to use olive oil.

Step 2: Add the Pasta Mixed with Sauce

Add the pasta with the sauce to the saucepan and start mixing immediately. You want to heat the pasta nicely and combine it with the sauce and olive oil without burning it. 

Step 3: Reheat until Warm

Reheat until well heated. You will probably need a few minutes for this. If you notice that the sauce is dehydrated and that the pasta is not nicely juicy, feel free to add more liquid to it. Whether you add a little water or more sauce, it’s up to you. You want to achieve a delicious and tasty pasta, not dry noodles with lumps. 

Reheating The Pasta In The Oven

Similar to reheating baked ziti, here’s how to reheat pasta using an oven.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 325 °F

The first step is to prepare the oven to the right temperature. It is best to set at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Leave the oven to heat up thoroughly before inserting the pasta into it. 

Step 2: Prepare the Pasta

While the oven is heating up, you have enough time to prepare the pasta. Place the noodles in a fireproof dish and arrange them well not to be stuck. If the pasta seems too dry, again, you can add more liquid to make everything tastier. Then cover the pan with aluminum foil so that the steam inside can heat the pasta.

Step 3: Bake for Approximately 20 Minutes

Put the pasta in the oven and let it heat up for about 20 minutes. This should be enough time for the pasta to heat up thoroughly. However, when you take it out and it seems to you that it is not fully heated yet, feel free to put it back in the oven for an additional 5 or 10 minutes



Pasta is a great meal for any occasion, and you have thousands of options on what kind of sauce to prepare with it. Meat, vegetables, only tomatoes, cheese, and so on versions of pasta are available. 

Italians love this food and use every opportunity to enjoy good pasta. And when you love it so much, it happens that you inevitably have leftover pasta from lunch sometimes. Do not hesitate, store it in the refrigerator, feel free to reheat the next day, and the pasta will be equally delicious and tasty.

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