Can You Freeze Spaghetti?
Spaghetti is my personal favourite type of pasta. It goes well in so many pasta dishes – from a meaty bolognese to a classic carbonara. Cooking exactly the right amount of pasta can be tricky, so if you got lots of leftovers you might need to know if you can freeze spaghetti.
Why Would You Want To Freeze Cooked Pasta?
There are lots of reasons you might want to freeze cooked pasta. It might be because you’ve made too much, it might be because you like batch cooking to have easy dinners ready when you need them.
If you’ve made your own pasta, you might want to freeze it because it can take a while to make, so it means you can make the effort once but have several meals.
Can You Freeze Cooked Spaghetti?
Yes, the good news is you can freeze cooked spaghetti. If you’re freezing leftover spaghetti then freezing and reheating can cause the spaghetti to go a little soft.
If you’re freezing spaghetti as part of a batch cook (not to be eaten straight away), you can undercook it slightly to stop it be so soft when it’s reheated.
Can You Freeze Cooked Spaghetti In Sauce?
Yes, spaghetti that’s been coated in a sauce can be frozen, as long as the sauce doesn’t contain any previously frozen ingredients.
Typically tomato-based sauces such as bolognese or arrabbiata freeze better. Cream sauces can be frozen too but they can be prone to splitting and it might take a little bit of work and some extra cream or milk to get the sauce back to how it should be.
Can You Freeze Fresh Spaghetti?
Yes, you can freeze fresh spaghetti. You can freeze fresh spaghetti that you have made yourself and you can also freeze store-bought fresh spaghetti.
If the spaghetti is homemade, you’ll need to leave it to dry for a couple of hours before freezing.
Can You Freeze Dry Spaghetti?
There is no need to freeze dried spaghetti! It will last for years in a sealed packet or airtight container.
How To Freeze Spaghetti
The best way to freeze spaghetti is to use a flash-freezing method where the spaghetti is frozen for a couple of hours before being transferred over to freezer bags or tub. This stops the spaghetti from freezing together in one big clump, meaning you can take as much or as little as you need out of the freezer with ease.
- Before freezing you’ll need to make sure your spaghetti is completely cold. If you’ve cooked the spaghetti specifically for freezing, run under cold water after cooking to cool quickly and stop it from cooking any further.
- For plain spaghetti that is cooked, add a little oil to stop it from sticking together. You do not need to do this if the spaghetti is coated in a sauce or has been made fresh.
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and using a fork, make the spaghetti into little nests. Place the nests on the baking tray around 1/2 an inch apart.
- Freeze the baking tray for 1-2 hours until the spaghetti is frozen solid.
- Remove from the freezer and pop all of the nests into a container such as a freezer bag or plastic tub with a lid.
- The spaghetti will last for around three months in the freezer. Make sure you label it with the date it was frozen!
How To Defrost Spaghetti
If you’re defrosting spaghetti that is mixed with a sauce then it needs to be defrosted in the fridge overnight. Larger portions that weren’t frozen using the flash freezing method above may need longer.
How To Reheat Spaghetti From Frozen
Spaghetti in sauce reheats really well in the microwave. Use your highest setting for a minute at a time, stirring in between to avoid hotspots.
You can also reheat using a pan on the hob. I find the sauce can dry out a little using this method so you may need to add a little extra passata, water or cream.
Ensure the whole dish is piping hot before serving.
If you’re using fresh spaghetti that was frozen or spaghetti that isn’t in a sauce, then it can be cooked straight from frozen. It will need 2-3 minutes in a pan of boiling salted water. Use as you would normally, adding to a sauce or serve as is with butter or oil.