Storing Cooked Pasta – What’s the Best way to Store your Freshly Cooked Pasta?
Pasta is one of those things that stores so nicely, it’s a good idea to make extra every time you cook a pot. Did you ever wonder why you order spaghetti in a restaurant and it comes out so fresh and delicious in a matter of minutes? Well follow along below to see restaurant secrets to keeping your pasta fresh and tasty all week.
Storing cooked or leftover pasta can save so much time for dinner another night. Saves tons of time and money as well. One of our favorite dishes is definitely Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, so if you are cooking this delicious meal, make a little extra pasta to use later in the week.
- Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
- While pasta is still warm in the colander, rinse lightly with cold water. This will remove a small amount of starch.
- Toss pasta with a small amount of oil to prevent sticking. About 2-3 teaspoons per 1/2 lb. of pasta.
- Place the pasta in the fridge until cooled.
- Once the pasta is cooled, remove from the fridge and place in individual plastic bags for the correct serving size you will need.
- To reheat, simply boil a small pot of water and toss in the pasta for about 30 seconds or until heated through. Drain well. Pasta will be as fresh as the first time you cooked it.
This can be done with any pasta or spaghetti you are using, but may be a bit trickier with tender lasagna noodles.
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