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The thought of eating cold, leftover pizza the day after your Pizza Hut delivery might not sound appetizing. While your first thought to reheat the pizza may be to use the microwave, you may want to think twice. The microwave can make crust chewy and tough. Instead, try using an oven to reheat your leftover pizza and retain its flavor and consistency.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place leftover slices of pizza on your cookie sheet. Space them two inches from each other to allow even cooking.

Slide the cookie sheet onto the center rack of the oven. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes or until the cheese on top of the pizza is bubbling.

Remove the cookie sheet from the oven, using your oven mitt.

Use your spatula to remove the pizza from the cookie sheet. Serve immediately.

Tip

For a crispier slice of reheated pizza, line the cookie sheet with parchment paper beneath the leftover pizza slices.

If you plan to top your pizza with crushed pepper and grated Parmesan, add these before placing the leftover pizza in the oven.

Warning

Never reheat leftover pizza by placing the pizza box in the oven. This could cause a fire.

Pizza Hut offers a variety of crusts for their pizzas. The above reheating instructions are intended for a standard, "hand-tossed" pizza crust. For thin crust, deduct 1 to 2 minutes from the baking time. For stuffed crust, add 2 to 3 minutes to the baking time.

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Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Andrew Wolter began his career as both a fiction and freelance writer in 2003. Since then Wolter has published the books "Much of Madness, More of Sin," "Nightfall" and "The Rules of Temptation." His multiple nonfiction articles have appeared in "X-Factor" magazine.