Freezing Leftover Spaghetti

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leftover spaghetti

I’m the worst at overestimating how much spaghetti to make. We’ve been eating this stuff for like three days now, and I still have leftover spaghetti! Not wanting to toss it (or eat it for another day!), I slipped it into a ziploc bag today and stuck it in the freezer.

Freezing leftover spaghetti is a great way to save your extras for a future ready-made meal. Just be sure to let it cool before placing in a freezer bag for storage. It’s best to squeeze out as much air from the bag as possible to help prevent freezer burn. Be sure to label your bag with the date, and try to use your leftover spaghetti within six months or so, for best quality.

When you’re ready to eat it, let it thaw in the fridge overnight. We don’t have a microwave, so when it’s time to reheat mine I either dump it into a casserole dish and bake ’til heated through in the oven, or I put it in a saucepan over med. heat, and add a little water to the bottom of the pan to prevent scorching. Then stir until heated through.

What’s your favorite thing to do with leftover spaghetti?

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  1. I’m gonna take 1 step further. I’ll freeze my pasta and sauce separately then put it in a vacuum sealer bag and vacuum the air out and seal it.

  2. Okay I get it you can freeze spaghetti but can you freeze spaghetti that has sauce on it already. We make spaghetti but I mix it with the sauce and eat it as a left over. But we get tired of it and can’t eat it all so I’d like to freeze it. Can I freeze it and still have it taste okay?

  3. I am a terrible judge when it comes to estimating pasta portions therefore have plenty of left overs. I absolutely love Kendra’s idea of reusing cereal and cracker bags to separate servings….. brilliant!!! I do prepare and freeze most any over ripe fruits on a cookie sheet then store in zip lock bags until I need a handful for shakes or sauces. I’m a huge fan of minimal waste and recycling. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Just out of curiosity, since it’s already in a ziploc bag, could you just put it right out of the freezer into a large pot of boiling water and thaw/heat it that way? Would the noodles cook more? If you remember enough ahead of time to actually get it out of the freezer the night before, you are truly amazing. I rarely remember things like that in time. 🙂

    • Laura,

      Yeah, that would work; though maybe not quite boiling water. As long as the bag doesn’t touch the hot sides of the pot and melt to it. Yuck 😉 What I would do (if I forgot to thaw it) is fill the sink with really hot water, and let it thaw in the ziploc in the sink water. I do that with meat sometimes, and it works really well. You might have to drain and refill with hot water again before it’s completely thawed… but it works 🙂

  5. Cool idea 🙂 I mostly freeze stuff like pre-portioned bags of ground beef, produce that’s gonna go bad, etc. Oh, something related – I keep gallon freezer bags in the freezer and when I make a whole chicken or even chicken parts, I save the bones and when I have enough I make a huge huge batch of chicken stock/bone broth.

  6. I had no idea you could freeze pasta? I figured it would come out yukky. Nice to know! I freeze half used containers of pasta sauce, milk or juice if we are going out of town and pretty much anything else that looks like we might not get to it before it goes bad.

  7. I also am a big over-estimator when it comes to making spaghetti, but not so much as the pasta noodles, but the sauce! I always make a full crock pot of home made sauce, then have leftovers for ages! This is definitely a regular staple in my freezer. I love using the crockpot, so making spaghetti is super easy when I use the frozen leftover sauce. Thank goodness for freezers, otherwise I’d be so wasteful!

    • I love what you posted on here but how do you freeze your left over homemade spaghetti sauce? I use a crock pot also and need some ideas on what to do with my left overs.
      Thanks so much.

  8. Ooohhh good idea Kendra and Pam…I have started saving cereal bags but didn’t have that many uses for them yet…I’ll have to add that one for freezing pancakes…

  9. We always freeze leftover spaghetti, too. Sometimes I freeze it in one-person size portions so that someone can pull out a small bag and heat the contents up for lunch. If you don’t want to use a lot of small bags for that, you can freeze it in small “clumps” on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet, then transfer all the clumps into one gallon size freezer bag. I also make big batches of pancakes and freeze the extra. Again, you can either freeze them individually (so they don’t freeze into a big clump) and then put them together in one bag, or cut parchment paper into small squares to put between them, then just stack them with the paper between them and put them into a bag to freeze.

    • Great tips, Pam! I like to freeze extra pancakes, too 😉 I save the waxed bags from cereal and cracker boxes, cut them into squares, and use them to put between the pancakes so they don’t all freeze together. Saves me from having to buy parchment or wax paper 🙂

  10. I do this all the time, when I ewheat it, I put it in a pan and add more sauce and put shredded cheese on top and bake it in the oven and its good like that.

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