Can You Freeze Spaghetti? – The Ultimate Guide

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Fortunately, you can, in fact, easily freeze spaghetti.

I know how easy or even tempting it is to over make yourself spaghetti dinner. Or simply, if you are preparing food for a party or a get together, it can be a bit tricky when it comes to the spaghetti portions you are going to prepare for your guests. I mean, you wouldn’t want to serve tiny dishes, would you?

My point is. Whenever you make spaghetti, whether it is for dinner, lunch, party, or even a snack, you will find yourself stuck with some leftovers.

That’s why, I am here to assure you that you can freeze your leftover spaghetti and have it ready whenever you crave it without throwing it away or wasting such delicious food.

How to freeze spaghetti

I am going to present you with two ways where you can freeze your leftover spaghetti. Both ways are easy and quite efficient. That’s why you will need to try them both and choose whichever works best for you.

Freezing Spaghetti and Sauce/Meatballs Separately

Steps of freezing the noodles:

  1. Start by cooking your noodles al dente. I wouldn’t recommend thoroughly cooking it as it will be reheated anyways.
  2. Drain the noodles from all the liquids using a strainer.
  3. To prevent the noodles from sticking together, drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil on top and give them a mix.
  4. At this step you can add whatever seasoning you like.
  5. Once the noodles are completely cool, you can divide them into serving-sized portions.
  6. Pour the serving-sized portions into separate freezer-friendly containers or you can use freezer bags, in which case, try to squeeze as much of the air as you can before sealing the bag completely.

Steps of freezing the meatballs:

  1. After preparing the sauce or the meatballs as you normally would, allow it to completely cool.
  2. Separate it into serving-sized portions so that it is easier for you to later defrost just the portion you need.
  3. You can coat the inside of the freezer bag with olive oil so that it won’t be stained by the orange color of the meat sauce. (optional step)
  4. Pour the divided portion into the freezer bag or container separately. Label each container with the date and content so that it is easier for you to later on distinguish it from all the other food in the freezer.
  5. Transfer them to the freezer.

Freezing Spaghetti with Sauce/Meatballs

If you do decide to freeze the whole thing together without separating the meatballs or the sauce from the spaghetti, then here are all the steps you are going to need:

  1. Cook your spaghetti meatballs as you normally would. Try to keep your spaghetti al dente.
  2. Once everything is mixed well together, start dividing them into serving-sized portions. Allow the food to cool down.
  3. You can coat the inside of the freezer bag with olive oil so that it won’t be stained by the orange color of the meat sauce. (optional step)
  4. Pour the divided portion in to the freezer bag or container separately. Label each container with the date and content so that it is easier for you to later on distinguish it from all the other food in the freezer.
  5. Seal the freezer bag tightly after squeezing as much of the air as possible.
  6. Transfer the containers to the freezer.

How to Defrost Frozen Spaghetti?

When you do decide to eat your leftover frozen spaghetti, defrosting it is best done slowly. No rushing.

You have different options when it comes to defrosting your frozen spaghetti.

  • You can allow it to slowly defrost overnight in the fridge after transferring the container from the freezer to the fridge.
  • Since you have already divided the spaghetti into serving-sized portions, you can just take one serving with you to work and allow it to defrost at room temperature. Just microwave it at lunch time.
  • If you want to defrost the whole serving, then leaving it on the countertop for just a few hours is enough as well.

Frequently asked questions:

How to Freeze Leftover Spaghetti with Sauce or Meatballs?

To sum up the previous steps for freezing spaghetti that were mentioned above. All you need to do is just wait for your cooked spaghetti with meatballs to cool down completely.

Transfer them to a freezer bag or plastic container after dividing them into serving-sized containers. Seal it tightly, then move it to the freezer after labelling it.

Can You Freeze Cooked Spaghetti Noodles?

Yes. You absolutely can freeze cooked or even leftover spaghetti noodles. Keep in mind, though, that spaghetti needs to be cooked al dente and not overcooked so that when it is frozen and defrosted it is not too mushy and wet.

I know you don’t really have much of a choice when it comes to cooking the leftover spaghetti. However, drizzling a bit of olive oil before freezing and right before reheating it can help retain the texture of your spaghetti.

 

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