Pasta, preparation and storage

=== KEEPING PASTA WARM

1. Quickly drain the pasta and let it stand in the colander just long enough to drain.

2. Transfer the drained pasta back to the cooking pan. The pan will be warm enough to
keep the pasta warm while you prepare the sauce.

3. Warm the serving dish before piling in the pasta: Fill the dish with hot water and
let it stand a few minutes. Pour out the water, dry the dish, add the pasta, and serve
immediately.



=== STORING AND REHEATING

Cooked pasta can be stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
If possible, store pasta and sauce separately. To reheat, drop pasta in boiling water
for a few seconds; drain.

Or, freeze cooked pasta for up to 2 weeks: Cool the pasta slightly, then drizzle with a
little olive oil or cooking oil and toss gently. Spoon into airtight containers or freezer
bags.

Defrost a bag of frozen pasta in a colander in the sink by running tepid water over it.
Or, drop the contents of the bag or container into boiling water. Thawing and warming
time depends on the amount of pasta, but plan on about 2 minutes for small amounts.