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We’ve all probably had pasta that was warmed up in the microwave. Although it’s not terrible, it’s also not great. If you’re heating up a quick lunch of leftovers at work, the microwave might have to suffice. Any other time, however, you should consider using a boiling water bath to reheat your leftover pasta.

When dried pasta is boiled, the starch molecules expand and gelatinize, and some of the starch dissolves in the pasta water. This makes space in the noodles for water to be absorbed, which is how the noodles get soft from boiling, and also how the pieces expand. When the noodles are cooled down, the cooked starch contracts, congeals, and loses moisture. When the noodles are warmed up in a microwave, they lose even more moisture, which typically makes pasta chewy. If you quickly boil the pasta to reheat it, however, the congealed starch will expand again and the noodles will reabsorb water, giving the pasta the right texture.

Don’t choose the microwave just because you think it’s faster, either. You don’t need to boil your cold pasta for very long. Drop your cold noodles into the pot and let them bubble for 30 to 60 seconds and then drain them away from the water, and they’ll be ready to serve.


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