Can you reboil Pasta? (3 ways how)

In this article, we will show you how to save your undercooked pasta/noodles by reheating/reboiling without compromising on taste. 

Can you reboil Pasta?

Yes, you can reboil your pasta. To reboil, first, boil water. When the water reaches its boiling point, add the undercooked pasta and set the timer for 60 seconds.

There are three different ways to reheat or reboil undercooked pasta depending on the type of pasta we have in hand. The three different warriors namely stovetop using a pot or a steamer, microwave, and oven.

This is not just a saving guide instead restaurants practice parboiling so that they can serve perfectly boiled Hot pasta to their customer each and every time.

Reboiling plain pasta

Plain pasta can be reboiled on a stovetop either by boiling in a pot or using a steamer for the purpose.

Reboiling in a Pot

Follow the steps given below to get started

  1. Pour an ample amount of water in the pot, not the same amount you added to cook your pasta for the first time. Add some salt to it. Once the water comes to a boil, toss in your pasta and check after 60 seconds. If the pasta is not hot enough, let it stay for and keep checking after each 15-second intervals. Be careful with reboiling your pasta. You never want to overboil it for it to lose its shape and integrity. Reboiling for a good 3 minutes would yield optimum results.
  2. Take a metal sieve and drain your pasta and you are done. Enjoy your pasta. Add sauce and bake or eat as it is.
  3. Do not rinse your pasta to avoid chewy texture.

Reheating in a microwave

  1. Place your pasta in a glass plate or a microwave-friendly dish and wrap it with a cling film/plastic sheet. Leave an open corner to allow heat to escape.
  2. Start the timer and allow it to heat evenly for about 2 minutes. Make sure you check after small intervals to prevent overheating.
  3. Once you are done, take the plate out but be careful with touching the plastic wrap. Let it sit for some time or use a spoon to remove the wrap
  4. Check If your pasta is cooked completely. If not, repeat the process.

Reheating in a steamer

  1. Put your pasta in the perforated pan/steamer and place the steamer inside a solid pan.
  2. Pour some water into the steamer, approximately half as much as you added to initially boil it
  3. Now put it in the oven or cook on the stove for 2 minutes. Check after short intervals. 

Other FAQs about Pasta which you may be interested in.

Does dry pasta go bad?

Does pasta expire?

the pasta from absorbing all the sauce?

Reheating tossed, sauced, and baked Pasta

Sauced pasta or pasta dishes can be reheated on a stovetop, microwave, or oven.

Reheating on the stovetop

For this method, make sure your pasta was stored in a heat resistant plastic bag.

  1. Pour water into a pot. Bring the water to a boil. The pot should be large enough to contain the bag of pasta.
  2. Add the bag of your saucy pasta inside the pot.
  3. Let it cook for about 2 minutes.
  4. Check to see If it is evenly cooked If not, repeat the process for another 1 minute or so. 

Reheating in Microwave

  1. Place your saucy pasta in a glass plate or a microwave-friendly plate or dish.
  2. Cover your pasta with a plastic sheet/cling film/plastic wrap and let it stay open from one corner.
  3. Keep in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove the wrap with caution and check to see If pasta is cooked thoroughly.If not, repeat the process.

Reheating saucy pasta in the oven

  1. Place your pasta in a pyrex dish or an ovenproof dish.
  2. Cover the dish with a lid or cover with aluminum foil If a lid not available. This step ensures pasta does not dry out.
  3. Bake it at 160 degrees celsius for 10 minutes. 
  4. Keep checking after regular intervals. If not cooked properly after ten minutes, let it sit in the oven fr another 10 minutes.

The shelf life of leftover pasta

Your leftover pasta will be good for 3 to 5 days If kept in the refrigerator. It is best to use it within this period or else the pasta loses its structural integrity and becomes sticky. The flavor is also compromised.

Leftover plain pasta can be kept for 3 months in the freezer for best quality. Make sure you thaw your frozen leftover pasta in the refrigerator properly. Enjoy the leftover pasta after reheating/reboiling and add in a baked dish like a casserole or a pasta salad.


In this article, we showed you how to save your undercooked pasta/noodles by reheating/reboiling without compromising on taste.