Reheating leftover noodles is great for a hot lunch or a quick dinner. This technique can be used to reheat many types of plain cooked pasta, egg noodles, and rice noodles. If you’re cooking noodles ahead of time specifically to be reheated, undercook them by a minute or two for the best results.

Things You'll Need

Boil about 2 quarts of water.

Add cold, plain noodles to the water and stir. Boil for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Very thin noodles may need only 15 to 30 seconds.

Drain the noodles and serve.


  • If your pasta has sauce on it, the easiest way to reheat it is in the microwave. Place it in a microwave-safe bowl and cover. Heat for 2 minutes, stir, and heat for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the noodles are hot.

References and Resources

Recipe Tips: Reheating Pasta