For Perfect Leftover Pasta, Use a Steamer Insert
There’s something that just goes so terribly wrong with leftover pasta. When it’s reheated in the microwave or oven, it ends up mushy, dry, burned or, mystifyingly, all of the above. Precious baked ziti just doesn’t deserve that! Seeing as we’re total spaghetti junkies and obsessed with everything Alfredo, this left us in a bit of a pickle.
Then, one day we had an epiphany. Since most of the problems with reheated pasta have to do with the loss of moisture and the high heat from the oven, microwave, or stovetop, maybe the solution was steam. It could gently raise the temperature of the pasta so it wouldn’t get mushy, while adding extra moisture to help loosen up the sauce. We tested it out and were thrilled. Alfredo that wasn’t a beige brick of pasty despair? Baked ziti that didn’t have the texture of an old leather shoe? Heck yeah. Whether your favorite pasta leftovers are homemade lasagna or delivery chicken piccata, this method will leave you with saucy, steamy pasta every time.
Behold this hack in action. See how the pre-steam fettuccini Alfredo appears like a solid block.
Post-steam, take a look at all that saucy goodness!
How to ReHeat Pasta With Steam
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(Photos via Justina Huddleston / Brit + Co)