Keys To Saving: Hey, You Can’t Freeze Cooked Pasta, Can You?

We cook pasta almost every night. Or we re-heat leftover pasta from the previous evening.

Of course, sometimes you just prepare too much, or can’t use leftover pasta right away. If you have read my Keys To Saving, you know I try to avoid throwing away food. So can you freeze cooked pasta? Yes you can.

Here’s how:

  • for plain pasta, make sure it’s dry (to avoid having ice crystals form)
  • place the plain pasta in a Ziploc bag, labelled with the type of pasta and the date
  • remove all excess air from bag before freezing
  • for pasta with sauce and/or meat (pasta dishes), place the pasta in a freezer safe dish
  • wrap with wax paper,then with foil
  • label the foil with the type of pasta and the date

  • to thaw plain pasta, leave in refrigerator or place into a pot of cold water before re-heating
  • to thaw pasta dishes, leave in refrigerator to thaw before re-heating
  • plain pasta: freeze for up to 6 months
  • pasta dishes: freeze for up to 3 months

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