Cooking 101: Can You Freeze Cooked Pasta Noodles?

Can you freeze leftover pasta noodles? Sure can! Here's how.

Pasta, pasta, pasta. It must have been invented for college cooking. It can be purchased with pocket change, is hearty, and so incredibly easy to prepare. But it can seem like an eternity waiting for the water to boil.

One solution is to heat the cooking water in a kettle before pouring it in the pot (I know…mind blowing stuff here at the cafe). Or, cook extra pasta and freeze the leftover noodles so they can be re-heated in the microwave. Here are a few tips to consider when freezing cooked pasta noodles.

Step 1: Cook to “al” what?

The term “al dente” means cooking pasta so it’s still firm when bitten. You’ll want that extra firmness when freezing pasta because the it’ll become slightly softer when you heat it again.

How to cook pasta al dente.

How do you cook pasta noodles to “al dente’ perfection? I follow the directions on the package. Hasn’t failed me yet. Some packages also include how much salt to add to the water. Follow what the package says. It’ll ensure your pasta is properly seasoned. I’ve noticed my pasta dishes taste much better when I read the fine print.

Step 2: Freeze Flat

Before freezing cooked pasta noodles, toss them with a small amount of olive oil to keep them from sticking.

How to freeze cooked pasta noodles

Place in a zip lock bag and flatten the bag as much as possible. As long as the pasta is flat you’ll be able to easily snap it to fit inside a bowl when it’s frozen stiff. No ice clumps either!

Use a sharpie to label the bag and date it before sending it to the freezer. Helps answer the question “how long has this been in there?” when you notice it a month from now :).

Step 3: Frozen Sauce Cubes to Top With

Use a soup ladle to fill an ice-cube tray with leftover pasta sauce for freezing.

Creating leftover pasta sauce cubes

The cubes will melt, instead of exploding, when you heat them in the microwave on top of your frozen pasta noodles.

Step 4: Dinner or Lunch on the Go

Pop 3 or 4 frozen sauce cubes on top of your frozen pasta in a bowl and heat in the microwave for 1 minute. 

Freeze leftover pasta and sauce for a quick no-fuss meal at college.

Break the pasta sauce cubes with a spoon or fork and stir with pasta. Heat for 30 seconds to 1 minute more.

This pasta dinner was made in under 4 minutes. Here's how.

Your meal is ready!

Thanks for stopping in at the cafe! And, if you like this pasta tip, please share! Cheers!

3 More Ways to Use Your Frozen Pasta

Use a base for this Chili Chicken Stew or Chop-Free Vegetable Stir-Fry!

Or follow this tasty number made with leftover spaghetti.

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