Simple Tip: Heat Leftover Pasta on the Stove

Katie Sweeney
Eating Fettucine with roasted summer colorful vegetables and parsley walnut pesto, delicious vegan meal served with fresh lemon water on rural table, top view

Reheating pasta can be difficult, and the results can be underwhelming. Most people pop the leftover pasta in the microwave for a couple minutes and expect it to taste just as tasty as the night it was made. Well, most of the time, the pasta ends up getting dry, slightly crusty, and lumpy instead.

If you are looking for a better technique that'll give you soft noodles and a warm sauce, using the stove might be a better option. Here's how to reheat your leftover pasta and make it taste (almost) exactly the same as it did the night before:


  1. Depending on what kind of sauce the pasta was made with, start by heating a little butter or olive oil in a large sauté pan over low to medium heat.
  2. When the butter is melted or the oil is hot, add the cold pasta.
  3. Now add a couple of tablespoons to 1/4 cup of liquid like water, broth, milk, or wine (use the same kind of liquid you made the sauce with). For example, if reheating leftover macaroni and cheese, add milk. If reheating bolognese, add red wine, etc.
  4. Stir the pasta for about five minutes, until the pasta is heated and soft and the liquid is fully absorbed. Enjoy!

- Additional reporting by Balim Tezel