Pasta on a slotted spoon being lowered into boiling water
The Trick To Reheat Pasta Noodles Without Sauce
The key to reheating pasta noodles without sauce is introducing and preserving moisture. To do this, use a metal colander to dunk the pasta into boiling water.
This method works because it quickly heats the pasta without overcooking it. The boiling water also helps to loosen any starch that has caused the pasta to stick together.
Simply boil a pot of salted water and safely dip the colander of noodles in for 30 seconds. You may need to dip large amounts a few times, but be careful so they don't get mushy.
If you don’t have a colander, use a metal strainer or a slotted spoon instead. Be careful not to overcrowd the pot or the water will stop boiling.
Another option is using your oven by preheating it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, placing the pasta in an oven-safe dish, and adding a few tablespoons of olive oil or cooking spray.
You can then cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the pasta is heated. There’s even a way to reheat the pasta in the microwave.
All you have to do is add a few drops of water or broth before microwaving and stir every 60 seconds to prevent clumping. With any method, it’s all about the moisture.