Leftover pasta noodles are great for hot lunches or quick dinners when you're short on time. 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, for best results cut the cooking down by two minutes.

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. Pair with you're favorite sauce and add-ins.


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.


Do not boil pre-cooked noodles for more than a minute. They will become mushy.

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