Quickly reheat cold noodles with hot water

Pour hot water over refrigerated noodles to quickly de-stick them and warm them up to kid temperature. Works better and faster than the microwave. Also works well to "de-sauce" pasta for picky eaters.

Related: Cool down hot pasta with cold pasta sauce


  1. Nathan says

    Do you mean hot tap water? Or boiled water?

    Tap water is faster, but the microwave is faster than boiling.

  2. Parent Hacks Editor says

    Hot tap water is fine, but I also have a cordless electric kettle that’s generally full of freshly-boiled water, so I use that.

  3. Meetu says

    To prevent sticking alltogether add little oil while boiling the uncooked noodles.Same goes for rice.

  4. Char says

    It never even crossed my mind to de-sauce for picky eaters – I do have one though. I’ll have to try it.

  5. Bronwen says

    You can use this method (hot tap water) for frozen pasta, too. I always cook a pound of pasta and freeze the leftover (toss in a gallon ziploc bag with some olive oil then freeze) for a quick dinner. Put the frozen pasta in the colander and run it under the hot tap until it’s hot and ready to serve – usually about a minute.

  6. Adrienne says

    Where, oh where, were these tips when I was growing up? I still cringe at the thought of a Corningware concrete block sized brick of spaghetti that my mom would trot out night after night. Needless to say, I was a skinny child….

  7. hedra says

    Similar, for mixing leftover-but-not-enough-for-everyone pasta (without sauce) with freshly cooked. Right before you drain the freshly cooked pasta, dump in the cold fridged leftovers. Give it a stir, and by the time you can get it to the sink, it will be warm. :)

    (Oh, and one of my kids prefers the bricks of stuck-together reheated stuff… go figure!)