How long to reheat pasta bake in the microwave
Some minor adjustment to your methods will pay off, turning that foil covered dish into treasure. You'll be surprised how far a garnish or sprinkle can go toward taking leftovers from sad to righteous.
First, thinly slice the leftovers, for even reheating. Place in a saute pan with a little oil over medium heat until the steak is brown on the edges and warmed through.
French fries are pretty difficult to reheat without changing their taste, texture and overall deliciousness. But for the best results, heat a little oil in a nonstick saute pan until it just starts to shimmer. Put the leftover fries in the hot oil and fry until brown and crisp. Remove the fries from the oil and drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.
Sprinkle with salt and enjoy. Sometimes it pays to get creative. For instance, you can definitely reheat fish, but the leftovers do much better in new dishes like fish cakes or chowders, or tossed in a salad. These easily separated sauces should be heated over very low heat.
For lower risk of separation, see the cream sauce method below. Cut yourself a slab and toss it on the pan, cut side down. Rotate occasionally, heating each cut side until crispy. Use the microwave for single servings only.
Microwaves cook unevenly, especially if the pasta dishes contains cheese or vegetables. When reheating a large portion, use the oven instead for greater control.
Avoid using the microwave for cream sauces, wine and butter sauces, or other sauces likely to separate. Toss the pasta with sauce or oil. If the pasta already includes sauce, just stir it to distribute it evenly. If the pasta is plain, stir in a little sauce or olive oil. This will help keep the pasta moist.
Set the microwave to medium-low power. A full power microwave will likely turn your pasta to mush.
How to Reheat Leftover Pasta
Place the pasta in a microwave-safe container, preferably a round one to avoid uneven heating at corners. Cover with plastic wrap, but leave one corner open for steam to escape. Cover with a damp paper towel. This steams the pasta as it heats up, adding moisture to dry or sauce-light noodles. Heat in short bursts. Heat the pasta for about 1 minute, then check on its progress and stir. If necessary, continue heating for 15—30 seconds at a time. If your microwave does not have a turntable, stop and rotate the dish halfway through. Heat water in the base of a double boiler.
This is by far the best method for cream-based sauces, such as Alfredo. The indirect heat ensures a more even, slower cooking method, reducing the chance of separation. You can make your own double boiler out of two pans, or one pan and a glass, heat-safe bowl. If a double boiler is not an option, use the stovetop method instead, over very low heat. Place the sauce in the top of the double boiler. If possible, heat the sauce separately, then pour over cold pasta or heat as described above. Sauced and baked pasta dishes can be reheated on the stovetop, in the microwave or in the oven.
To reheat on the stovetop, the pasta would have to be sauced and stored in a heatproof plastic bag. When reheating any type of pasta, it is important to keep it from getting too dried out by whatever method you are using. To prevent it from becoming too dried out, be sure to not use too high of heat, cover the pasta tightly and do not cook any longer than necessary to heat it thoroughly.
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Reviewed By killermom "Excellent information. It will be so helpful when we have pasta leftovers. Plain Pasta Plain leftover pasta can be reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Plain Pasta - Stovetop: To reheat on the stovetop, bring some salt water to a boil. Be sure to use enough water to sufficiently cover the amount of pasta you are reheating, but you do not need as much water as when the pasta was originally cooked.
When the water comes to a full boil add the leftover pasta. Allow the pasta to boil for approximately 30 to 60 seconds. Check after 30 seconds and if not thoroughly heated, continue to boil and check every 15 seconds until sufficiently heated.
Drain heated pasta and serve plain, add it to a sauce or add it to another dish. Variation - Asian Noodles: When reheating Asian noodles, place them in a strainer or colander and immerse into the boiling water just far enough to cover all the noodles. Allow the noodles to sit in the boiling water for 20 seconds. Stir the noodles with a wooden spoon to separate them while immersed in the water. After 20 seconds, drain and rinse.
Microwave on high in second intervals, stirring between each, to warm the dish evenly throughout. Once the pasta is hot, put the lid on securely and—very carefully—shake the container. If you are using a container with a lid that pops on, like a quart container or traditional Tupperware, the trapped steam can cause the lid to pop off while shaking, so take precaution.
Bring a little Parmesan—or whatever garnish you used the night before—to sprinkle over the top, and bada-bing-bada-boom: Halal Cart-Style White Sauce.