Pasta is a quick and easy dish to make. But do you ever wonder what to do with left over boiled or cooked pasta? Do you dread having to throw away any leftovers because they lose their freshness in a short amount of time? In this article, we will show you 3 methods of conserving cooked pasta, while keeping its taste, texture, and freshness. Try it!
Method 1: How to store leftover boiled pasta
Boil the pasta as usual, and keep it Al Dente, then drain it well. Wash it with cold water and drain it again, then leave it to cool for about an hour. Stir in a tablespoon of olive oil, and then place the pasta in storage sealable bags or in an airtight container. Make sure you don’t overcrowd the pasta to keep it from sticking. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week while maintaining its taste and freshness.
It is crucial to make sure that the bag or container used to store the pasta is sealed properly to avoid mold and bacteria formation by the reaction of the moisture inside the pasta to the surrounding air. If you are using a storage bag, make sure to remove the most amount of air possible from it before sealing.
Method 2: Storing boiled pasta in the freezer
Place the boiled pasta inside an airtight container, and stir in a tablespoon of olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking, and to make it easier to reheat later. Close the container, and place it in the freezer far from other foods with too much fragrance for up to 3 months. Reheat it when you want to, adding any sauce you like.
Method 3: Conserving pasta with sauce
You could store pasta in the refrigerator or freezer whether it was mixed with a sauce or not. However, if you store them separately, you’ll have more options when you wish to consume them later.
If you do not have enough space in the freezer, the best solution would be to place the pasta with the sauce in an airtight container on the top shelf of your fridge, and it will maintain its freshness for 3 days. If you are not sure of whether you’ll be consuming the leftovers in that timeframe, it would be better to store the pasta and the sauce separately in the freezer.
If you wish to serve it as a cold dish – like pasta salad for example – use the pasta straight from the fridge. If you need it to be warm, you could dunk the pasta into boiling water for 30-60 seconds, until reheated. Make sure you time the soaking to one minute maximum to avoid it overcooking.
If you wish to reheat fried pasta, cover it in tin foil to keep it moist and place it in the oven for 10 minutes at 150 degrees. The microwave might sound like a good option, however it might reheat the pasta unevenly and lead to loss of flavor.