Spaghetti with meat sauce, baked spaghetti pie cheesy spaghetti…ok, now I’m hungry! I guess i never grew out of my love for spaghetti. I’m a huge pasta fan in general but spaghetti holds a special place in my heart and my stomach.
It’s a breeze to cook up for a weeknight meal and because it tastes great with virtually anything, I can scrounge through the pantry for toppings and it looks like I planned ahead. It’s true that is loaded with carbs but with active kids to feed, spaghetti gets everyone full and motivated.
I am sure I am not the only one who can never judge how much spaghetti to make. I ALWAYS make way too much and we are eating spaghetti all week. My family loves a spaghetti dinner but by day three they are a little bored.
Can You Freeze Spaghetti?
Spaghetti cooks up very quickly but if you have leftovers or want to do some Sunday make ahead meals, spaghetti is a great option. You can actually freeze cooked pasta and it can be used later.
How To Freeze Spaghetti
If you are cooking noodles just to freeze and you are not eating any right away, it is best to cook them al dente so that they will not be mushy when you are ready to thaw and use them.
When your noodles are done, drain them and add a little bit of olive oil and toss well. This will prevent the noodles from sticking together.
Once your noodles are ready it is a good idea to portion them out so they will not be frozen into one big clump. For spaghetti, I like to freeze it a little before putting it into bags. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pile spaghetti into little nests. Place the pan in the freezer for a half hour to an hour before taking them out to put into bags.
Another option is to use a muffin tin and fill each cup with spaghetti. Once the noodles are frozen you can put them into bags.
To reheat your noodles on the stove, drop the frozen spaghetti into a pot of boiling water. Cook them for about 30 seconds and check to see if they are heated through. You do not want to overheat them or they will become mushy.
If you choose to heat them in the microwave, its better to thaw them in the refrigerator first. This will prevent them from getting over heated and crunchy. Lay the thawed noodles as flat as you can so that they heat evenly. Heat them for 60-90 seconds and check if they are heated through. If not, heat them in short intervals until they reach the desired temperature.
With just this little bit of planning and work up front, you can whip up a yummy spaghetti meal in no time at all.