How to Keep Your Spaghetti From Drying Out

Spaghetti is an economical meal when you are cooking for a large family or many guests. Due to the uncomplicated process of cooking this Italian entree, many people prepare too much and wind up with leftovers. It is not difficult to prevent the spaghetti from drying out so that it tastes just as delicious on the second day. Many recipes for spaghetti include homemade or commercial pasta sauces, spaghetti noodles and a small amount of ground beef. Garlic bread and a salad often are all that is necessary to create an entire meal with this inexpensive dish.

Spaghetti is a simple meal to prepare for a crowd.

Step 1

Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of pasta sauce or water to your spaghetti dish before reheating it. The spaghetti noodles will absorb some of the moisture and sauce while in the refrigerator and may taste dry if you do not add additional liquid.

Step 2

Dump the leftover, plain spaghetti noodles carefully into boiling water when reheating it. Restaurants often use this method to heat up pasta. Remove the spaghetti noodles from the boiling water after a minute or two. Leave them in the boiling water just until they are hot enough to serve.

Step 3

Heat your leftover spaghetti noodles and sauce in the microwave together for a few minutes. Cover the microwave-safe container with a the lid of the container or a paper towel to help prevent the spaghetti from drying out. Microwaving the spaghetti prevents it from drying out as quickly as it would on the stovetop due to the shortened cooking time.

Step 4

Place a bowl of spaghetti sauce on the table when serving the spaghetti, even if you have mixed the noodles and sauce together in one dish. Individuals can add extra sauce to their entree if they desire to prevent it from tasting dry.

Chelsea Fitzgerald

Chelsea Fitzgerald covers topics related to family, health, green living and travel. Before her writing career, she worked in the medical field for 21 years. Fitzgerald studied education at the University of Arkansas and University of Memphis.