Leftover pasta can be a great quick meal when you’re in a time crunch, but the longer you store it the tougher and starchier it gets. Four days is about the limit for keeping plain, undressed pasta. After that, the best you can do is add it to a soup.
My method for bringing leftover pasta “back to life” is to warm a little olive oil in a skillet over low heat and toss in the pasta to warm it up slowly. This method gives a much better, more appetizing result than re-boiling it or microwaving it.
Another delicious option is to fry it in a little olive oil until the pasta is brown and crispy, then season with salt and pepper and serve it as a side dish.
Don’t toss it away – try my tips for creating a delicious, easy, and quick meal with your leftover pasta.