There is nothing unsafe about reheating pasta, but the issue lies with the dish being as good the second time around. Unfortunately, the Italian staple doesn’t usually stand up too well when it comes to reheating leftovers.
Can you reheat pasta?
Yes, you can reheat pasta – but the best method of doing so depends on what state the pasta is in.
There are various methods for reheating pasta, but it depends on whether you have plain pasta or a ready-cooked dish ready to be warmed up.
Place in boiling water
If the pasta and the sauce are separate, it’s easy to reheat pasta in a matter of minutes.
Start by boiling a large pot of salted water. Place your leftover pasta in a colander and dip into the boiling water.
Allow pasta to heat for about 30 seconds before removing from the water.
Toss the pasta with your leftover sauce and toppings and serve.
Bake in the oven
If you have a leftover dish, such as lasagna or macaroni cheese, it’s best to bake it in the oven for the best results.
Place the pasta in an oven-safe baking dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
Preheat the oven and cook the pasta for about 20 minutes, until heated all the way through.
Saute on the stove
Heat a saucepan over medium heat and drizzle with olive oil.
Add the leftover pasta with sauce already on it, or add some new sauce to the dish.
Saute for about two to three minutes, until hot all the way through.
Microwave with water
If you plan on bringing your leftovers to work, or if you need a super quick option, microwaving is usually the best bet.
Pack your pasta in a microwave-safe glass bowl or jar.
Toss the pasta in a splash of water before heating for one minute.
Stir the pasta and continue heating in one-minute increments until warm.
Once the pasta is ready, shake the container to make sure none of the pasta has stuck together and serve.