How to Reheat Pasta

August 20, 2013 | By | Comments (8)

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti is one of my favorite weeknight meals. It’s filling, inexpensive, and delicious. The only problem? It’s tough to measure out and I frequently end up tossing the leftovers. Thanks to these handy tips, it’s easy to revive the leftovers (whether plain or mixed with sauce) up to three days after cooking.

With sauce: Put pasta into a shallow ovenproof dish, cover with foil, and bake at 350° F until heated through, about 20 minutes. Alternatively, warm pasta and sauce, covered, in a microwave or in a pan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until hot.

Without sauce: Place pasta in a metal strainer and dip it in a pot of boiling water until it’s warmed through, about 30 seconds. Add sauce and serve.

See 40 perfect pasta dishes.


  1. PigLove

    mmmm – We love sketti here at the Hotel Thompson. I think mommy is making some tonight – yay me! XOXO – Bacon

    August 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm
  2. boomdava

    Reblogged this on boomdava and commented:
    Definitely will try this, heard that using the pasta water is best.

    August 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm
  3. Eric

    A method that seems to work well for me – store the leftover pasta (without sauce) in a zip-top bag. When you are ready to reheat, drizzle a few drops of water into the bag, reseal, and place in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes. The water essentially steams the pasta to reheat (and the time is not enough to further cook the pasta) and you don’t have to wait for water to boil.

    August 21, 2013 at 9:09 am
  4. carroll

    Spag. and rice freeze great. Amazes me how many people waste good food.

    August 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm
  5. One Quill

    Eric, that is exactly how I do my pasta! It stays hot in the baggie while reheating the sauce. Much simpler and with less dishes than what’s mentioned in the article, and that’s always a good thing!

    August 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm
  6. LOTTIE place

    simple enuf, but when you heat in plastic bags you’re getting some of the chemicals that are in the bags into your food – not saying not to do it, just be aware of that….

    August 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm
  7. Lauren

    That’s a great idea. Have you ever tried to do that with a sauce on the pasta?

    August 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm
  8. Darrenv

    We don’t microwave things in baggies more than 10 or 15 seconds, max. The heat breaks down some nasty chemicals from the plastic, which leech into the food. It’s worth washing an additional Pyrex dish to keep everyone safe and reduce toxins.

    August 31, 2013 at 10:29 am

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