What are the best ways to reheat pasta?

In this brief blog, we will answer the question,” What are the best ways to reheat pasta?” We will also discuss various ways that you can use to reheat pasta.

What are the best ways to reheat pasta?

Some of the best ways to reheat pasta is by boiling it, baking it, sauteing it and microwaving it with some water. Each of the above methods comes with its own perks and disadvantages that we are going to look into.

What are some ways that I can use to reheat pasta?

Boiling the pasta

Reheating pasta by boiling it is a good method to use if you have kept separate your noodles and sauce in the refrigerator.

When you want to reheat by boiling you first require to bring your pot (you can add some salt in the water) to a boil. Then proceed to put in your leftover pasta noodles in a colander that is heat-safe and then put the colander into the boiling pot for about thirty to sixty secs so as to warm the noodles.

After they have warmed and take care for them not to be mushy, put in your pasta with your pasta sauce and proceed to serve. If you do not have access to a colander, you can alternatively bring the pot of water to a boil and then toss your pasta in the warm water for just a minute so as to heat it. 

Ensure that you drain the warmed noodles as soon as possible so that they do not end up soggy and mushy.

Baking the pasta

If you have pasta that is already coated in sauce then you are better off reheating it in the oven. To do this, place your pasta together with the sauce in an oven-safe baking container, use some foil to cover the container and then proceed to bake at a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Baking the pasta has the added advantage of making your pasta a bit crispy and crunchy. You can also add some cheesiness by removing the foil when you are almost done with baking and adding in some additional cheese on top.

If you are concerned that your pasta will end up being too dry,you can add in some pasta sauce or a little water to the baking container. This will assist in adding some extra moisture and maintain the taste and texture similar to some freshly made pasta.

Sauteing the pasta

If you are looking for a faster way to reheat your pasta, you can resort to warming it on the stove. This method has the advantage of working for pasta that has sauce as well as plain pasta.

You can also add some olive oil or any other vegetable oil of your choice and set the stove on medium-high heat. Toss in your leftover pasta, sauce and any of your favorite ingredients into the pan, saute for 2 to 5 minutes or until it is well heated through.

This method cooks very fast so be on alert to stir your noodles oftenly to avoid any sticking of the noodles to the pan or any browning and burning.

Microwave the pasta with some water

Microwaving is a quick and convenient option for people who lead busy lives and do not have a lot of time on their hands.

Microwaving is also a good option as you still get delicious and well reheated pasta. To reheat your pasta using the microwave, place your pasta in a microwave-safe dish and add a little water or sauce in it. This helps prevent the noodles from drying out or lumping together.

Then cover the microwave-safe dish and reheat for 1 to 1 and ½ minutes. After the time is depleted, check if the pasta is well heated all the way through. If you find that it is not well heated, you can continue microwaving at set intervals of 15 seconds until it is well heated.

It is important that you keep stirring the pasta in between the 15 seconds intervals so as to prevent the pasta from sticking together. 

You can learn how to make some delicious pasta and sauce by clicking here.


In this brief blog, we have answered the question,” What are the best ways to reheat pasta?” We have also discussed various ways that you can use to reheat pasta.