Q: Mac and cheese is one of my favorite meals, however, when I make a big batch; I hate when my noodles get hard when I go reheat it. Is there a better method?
A: Reheating any noodle is challenging. However, it is best to avoid the oven unless it was already baked. However, the methods are simple and result in delicious, soft, and creamy mac and cheese with ease.
The Microwave Method
If you were using the box mac and cheese, simply put your leftovers into a microwave-safe dish, add two tablespoons of milk, enough to moisten the pasta. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and return to microwave to heat until desired heat.
The Stove Method
When using the stove, it is important to add enough milk and butter to the pan to ensure the noodles are not going to stick. About a ¼ of a cup of milk is needed. Heat your noodles on medium-low heat and stir gently. This method should take about 5 minutes to warm your noodles all the way through.
The Oven Method
Using your oven is only recommended if you previously baked the pasta! Not only will your cheese melt better, but you do not need to stir it until ready to serve.
Simply add a dash of milk and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake at 250 degrees for about 20 minutes. Depending on how dense your mac and cheese is, this cooking time could vary.
Mac and cheese is one of the best go-to meals and snacks we have in our pantry. If you want to make it extra cheesy and bring it back to life, add some sliced cheese and allow it to melt and combine with your noodles. These easy methods are a sure fire way to ensure you mac and cheese noodles are never hard again!