Q: I made some noodle soup the other night, and it has been sitting in my fridge for a day or so because I have no idea how to reheat it. What is the best method?
A: There are a few methods to reheat soup, and so it comes down to a preference, you can do it quick, or slow.
The Stove Method
By far, this is the preferred method for most soups, as it allows for even heating.
To reheat your soup, place leftovers in a pot and place it on the stove over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. This method should take between 10-15 minutes, depending on the density of the soup.
If you have homemade noodles, do not let the soup come to a boil, as these noodles are very soft and may not be able to handle a rolling boil.
If your soup is frozen, you will want to add it to the pot all the same, be sure there is enough room for the soup once it become liquid! Add a splash of water to help steam it, and cover the pot. Put it on medium-low heat, and allow to thaw for about five minutes.
Once partially thawed, uncover and stir. You can resume heating as normal.
The Microwave Method
This is the most common method for reheating soups because let’s face it, we don’t always have a stove handy.
Place soup in a microwave safe bowl, cover to prevent splashing, and microwave for one minute. Stir and continue heating in 30-second increments, stirring each time. This will ensure your soup is heated all the way through, without becoming a molten hot bowl of soup!
Warming your soup from frozen is more time-consuming. However, it is possible!
Place soup in a microwave-safe container, place in microwave for 20 minutes on power level 5. Stir after ten minutes.
Heating times may vary depending on the density and amount of your soup.
Noodle soups are great year round, and being able to reheat them properly adds a greater variety to your diet, and save you space in your fridge!