Tuna pasta bake is one of my favorite go-to recipes whenever I am too exhausted to actually cook a meal, or maybe when the week is about to end and I already exhausted all my meal ideas. It is always fun and super affordable to make and enjoy, especially on the next day.
Yup, that’s right. You can, in fact, reheat Tuna pasta bake using different methods, for all the ones pondering the of ‘Can you heat up tuna pasta’ in their minds.
I am going to discuss with you in detail How to reheat Tuna pasta bake using either the microwave or the oven. Personally, I prefer the oven method. You will know why once we reach that point.
However, the microwave is still used, as it is a much quicker alternative to the oven which does give an acceptable outcome. So it really depends on you to make that choice.
Now, let’s jump to the detailed steps of warming up the leftover Tuna pasta bake using:
- The microwave
- The oven.
Reheating Tuna Pasta Bake in the Microwave:
Like I mentioned before, using the microwave to reheat your Tuna pasta bake might be the quickest way for you.
However, it can be a bit tricky, as there is a great chance for your delicious dish to dry out in the microwave and, even worse, splash all over your microwave and not warm up thoroughly. Luckily for you, I got the perfect way to avoid this horrific event from happening.
Here is the best way to reheat tuna pasta bake in the microwave:
- Pour the pasta into a microwavable plate. Make sure that pasta is somehow spread on the plate to evenly heat.
- Before placing it in the microwave, drizzle some drops of water or chicken stock on top of the contents on the plate so that they won’t dry in the microwave. To further preserve the moisture of the tuna pasta, cover the whole plate with a plastic wrap or a lid. This should greatly decrease any moisture loss and lessen the chances of the tuna drying out.
- Transfer the microwavable plate to the microwave, adjust the heat to medium-high. Let the dish warm up for 3 minutes.
- After 3 minutes, uncover the plate, give the tuna pasta a good stir, readjust the lid, and put it back in the microwave for an extra 1 minute. This will make sure all the contents of the dish are warmed evenly. Be careful when removing the lid or the plastic wrap as all the steam trapped will be released.
- Enjoy the dish while it is still hot!
Adding a bit of moisture to the plate before transferring it to the microwave really makes a difference with the outcome and retains to a great extent the moisture needed to keep the tuna pasta fresh.
When it comes to using the microwave to reheat any leftover Tuna pasta bake, It is certainly quick, easy, and doesn’t require any effort whatsoever. You don’t have to wait for the microwave to preheat, it will most likely take about 5 minutes max to be done with the whole process.
It can be a bit challenging sometimes to evenly warm up your tuna dish using the microwave. It mainly depends on the efficiency of your microwave, in some cases, you will be left with hot and dry outside with a cold inside.
Although adding some moisture and covering your plate with a lid can help minimize these problems, yet the outcome is not always guaranteed.
One more thing you can’t solve if you used the microwave to warm up your dish, is the fact that you won’t be able to crisp up any cheese on top of the tuna pasta bake.
Reheating Tuna Pasta Bake in the Oven – The Best Way:
My favorite way when it comes to warming up any type of pasta will always be the oven. I got to warn you beforehand though, it might not be as quick as the microwave method, but the outcome is pretty fantastic if you asked me.
To be extra sure that the pasta doesn’t dry in the oven, we should add extra moisture, the same way we did when we used the microwave, and cover the whole tray with aluminum foil so that the tuna is juicy and surrounded by a delicious and flavorful sauce.
Here is how to reheat tuna pasta bake in the oven:
- Spread your leftover tuna pasta on a baking tray or an oven-safe plate.
- Add on top of the content of the tray a few droplets of water or chicken stock to moisturize the dish.
- Optional step, you can add on top of the tuna some grated cheese that will crisp up in the oven.
- Wrap the tray with aluminum foil before transferring it inside the oven.
- Transfer the tray to a preheated oven at 350 °F. Allow the tuna dish to warm up before checking it after 10 minutes. If the Tuna pasta dish is not warm enough after the 10 minutes, then return it back after re-covering the tray with the aluminum foil for an extra 5 minutes to make sure it is thoroughly warmed up.
- For the final step to crisp up the cheese on top, uncover the aluminum foil and leave the tray in the oven for an extra 5 minutes.
- Enjoy the warm and crispy reheated tuna pasta bake!
Using the oven to warm up your tuna pasta bake is always my preferred method, as it guarantees an equally heated dish in every single bite, with a very low chance of drying out. In addition to the fact that you will be able to crisp up your grated cheese on top of the Tuna bake.
Well, the only downside I can manage to find is the fact that it’s an overall long process. It takes time for the oven to first preheat, then for the dish to warm up. But if you asked me, it is so worth it.
Which Is the Best Option?
Both methods would require you to add some extra moisture to the dish in the form of water or chicken stock, and to cover the dish being heated in the oven or the microwave with a lid so that the steam formed to reheat the tuna and the pasta doesn’t escape and the food doesn’t dry out.
With that being said, there is a much lower chance for the dish to dry in the oven than in the microwave, which is a bonus for me.
Although the Tuna pasta does take a longer time in the oven than the microwave, yet I prefer using the oven, especially with this dish, as it helps retain its juicy and flavorful sauce, allows it to equally warm up, and makes this dish more enjoyable the next day when you crisp its top up with some grated cheese.
Frequently asked questions:
Can You Eat Cold Tuna Pasta Bake?
Yes, of course. Some people even find it more enjoyable when eaten cold the next day. It can easily be packed in a container and enjoyed during lunch hours at your work or school.
How Long Does Tuna Pasta Bake Keep in the Fridge?
Generally speaking, tuna pasta bake can withstand refrigeration for up to 3 days. However, you need to make sure it is stored properly or else it won’t stand for 3 days.
That can be done by making sure the food reaches room temperature after being cooked the first time before you put it in an airtight container and leave it in the fridge.
Remember, you can only reheat your tuna pasta dish one time after its refrigeration to avoid any chance of food poisoning, as the bacteria tend to increase in number when food is reheated more than once.
Can I Reheat Tuna Pasta Bake on the Stovetop?
Reheating tuna pasta bake on the stovetop should be your last resort. However, it is still an easy and efficient way to warm up your leftover dish.
All you need to do is to spread and break down the leftover tuna pasta on the pan evenly so that it can be reheated thoroughly, then cover the lid of the pan before leaving it on a medium-low heat flame.
You will still need to add a tablespoon on a bit more of the water or chicken stock before closing the lid to prevent it from drying out. Leave it on the stovetop until your desired warmness.
Hi, I’m Julie, the passionate foodie and founder of Juliesfamilykitchen.com. I created this blog out of a drive to prove someone wrong, and then I realized how much I truly enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. In my free time, when I’m not running around after my kids or spending quality time with my partner, you can usually find me in the kitchen experimenting with new dishes.