Cook Extra Pasta
Cooking tips for the caring cook.
Twice as Nice Pasta
Cooking twice the amount of pasta at one time can give you a head start on the next night's meal.
- Thoroughly drain the pasta portion you're not using, and then put pasta in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.
- Drain pasta again thoroughly, and then toss with one to two teaspoons of oil. Cover and refrigerate pasta for up to 3 days. (Place the pasta in a food storage bag and set it, unsealed, in the refrigerator.) You can use the stored pasta in a salad, add it to soup (at the last minute) or reheat the pasta in the microwave and toss with your favorite sauce.
- Reheat your extra pasta by dropping into a pot of rapidly boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds, just until hot. Do not leave the pasta in the water for longer than one minute as this will ruin it.
Freezing Your Pasta
Freeze cooked pasta noodles to defrost and reheat later. No worrying about keeping an eye on the pasta, stirring it, making sure it isn't boiling over or burning on the bottom of your pan, etc.
How to freeze pasta for the best re-heat results: Cook your noodles according to the instructions. Drain and allow to air dry (pasta can be wet dry until there are no water droplets on them).
When completely dry, place your extra pasta into the freezer in appropriate serving sized freezer containers or freezer ziploc bags. Freeze them in portion sizes you will need for a family dinner, or single serving sizes - whichever works best for your time-crunch needs.
In the morning, simply put the container into the refridgerator to thaw. Reheat the thawed pasta in the microwave to serve with your favorite sauce.