It was indeed a good day for everyone when Pizza Hut switched from a pizza house to a pizza and pasta house. Anyone who enjoys their pizzas has nothing but praise for their Tuscani pasta, including Meaty Marinara and Creamy Chicken Alfredo.
However, leftover pasta, even if it’s Pizza Hut, won’t taste as good as the fresh one – unless you reheat it properly. When reheating the pasta, it is crucial to find the right temperature and method so it doesn’t become rubbery and sticky.
What is the best way to reheat Pizza Hut pasta? Today we’ll talk about reheating your Pizza Hut pasta using a microwave, oven, toaster oven, and saucepan.
The Best Ways To Reheat Pizza Hut Pasta
Pizza Hut’s Tuscany pasta is basically their unique take on the most famous pasta dishes we all know: marinara and chicken alfredo. Meaty Marinara is a great choice if you prefer tomato sauce, while the Creamy Chicken Alfredo delivers that white sauce goodness.
Since Pizza Hut pasta comes in a huge aluminum container that serves up to 6 people, you may often end up with leftover pasta. As we all know, pasta is no good the next day since it becomes sticky and stiff.
However, when properly reheated, Pizza Hut’s Tuscany pasta can become as creamy and delicious as when you first ordered it. The trick is in storing it properly and then using the right temperature and method to avoid overcooking it.
In case there is a lot of leftover sauce and the pasta hasn’t absorbed it, you’ll want to store the sauce separately from the pasta. This is important since the sauce will require a different amount of time to thaw and reheat.
Store the pasta in one airtight container, and the sauce in another, and place them in your fridge. Of course, you can always save just the sauce and cook new pasta when you reheat the sauce.
Pasta and sauce stored in the fridge can last up to 5 days, but you want to check on them and detect any color changes or unpleasant smells before deciding to reheat them. On the other hand, you can freeze the pasta if you don’t want to eat it within a few days.
Once again, it is up to you whether you want to store the sauce and the pasta separately or freeze the entire dish. Place the ingredients into an airtight container or a freezer bag, and place them into the freezer. Pizza Hut pasta stored in the freezer can last up to 2 months.
Now that you know how to store leftover Pizza Hut pasta, let’s see how you can reheat it so that it preserves all its unique flavors and aromas, without becoming sticky or dry.
How to reheat Pizza Hut pasta in the oven
The oven may be the best way to reheat Pizza Hut Tuscani pasta – especially if you’re reheating it all together. In case you’ve separated the sauce from the pasta while storing it, you can still reheat the sauce in the oven and add the pasta towards the end.
Using the oven to reheat your leftover pasta is a great solution in case you’ve ordered one too many containers of Pizza Hut pasta, and you want to reheat it all. Depending on whether you cover the dish with foil or leave it be, you can get super creamy pasta or a golden crust.
We’d recommend covering the pasta with a piece of foil if you’re reheating both the sauce and the pasta together. This will prevent the sauce from evaporating, and the pasta from absorbing all the leftover sauce.
Here are the steps to reheat Pizza Hut pasta in the oven:
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
- Place the desired amount of pasta onto an oven-safe dish and cover it with a piece of aluminum foil if you’d like a creamier result.
- For a golden crust, you want to avoid covering the dish. Also, you can add a handful of your cheese of choice on top of the pasta (we recommend mozzarella or parmesan – even together).
- If you’ve added a thick layer of pasta, you may need to stir it during cooking so it gets heated up evenly.
- Cook for about 10 minutes, or until it develops the desired crust.
How to reheat Pizza Hut pasta in the microwave
The quickest option for a small portion of Pizza Hut pasta is definitely using a microwave. It is generally considered to be the easiest, most convenient method of reheating food in general, but you have to be very careful with the temperatures and settings.
If you use a high setting, you may end up with your dish turned into a gooey mush. On the other hand, reheating your pasta on a low setting for too long may dry it out and make it flavorless and stale.
When it comes to covering your pasta with a piece of aluminum foil, the same rule applies: if you want a creamier result and you don’t care about a crust, certainly do cover the dish, but skip this step if you want a crunchy top layer.
If you’re preparing the pasta and the sauce separately, you can quickly reheat your sauce using the microwave. However, for the pasta alone, we don’t recommend this method.
Here are the steps to reheat Pizza Hut pasta in the microwave:
- Pour the pasta and the sauce into a microwave-safe dish.
- Add a splash of water which will prevent the pasta from drying out and preserve the texture of the sauce.
- Cover with a piece of aluminum foil if you want to avoid the pasta developing a crust on top.
- Heat for one minute on medium.
How to reheat Pizza Hut pasta in a toaster oven
A toaster oven is yet another quick, convenient way to reheat Tuscani pasta from Pizza Hut. As you already know, the toaster oven does not offer as much space as the regular oven, so it’s not meant for a big batch of food.
On the other hand, you can certainly fit a large portion of any Pizza Hut pasta, and reheat it in a matter of minutes, without having to preheat your big oven which takes a lot more time and energy (and makes the kitchen unbearably hot).
The toaster oven has the same options and settings as your regular oven, so the same rules apply when it comes to covering your pasta, reheating it without any foil or top, or adding cheese to get a delicious cheesy crust.
Here are the steps to reheat Pizza Hut pasta in a toaster oven:
- Preheat the toaster oven to 350 °F for about 5 minutes.
- Place the desired amount of pasta into an oven-safe dish and cover with a piece of foil, or place it in the oven without the foil on top.
- If there isn’t much sauce left, you want to add a splash of water so it doesn’t evaporate completely.
- Reheat the pasta dish for about 10 minutes, or until it develops a nice, golden crust.
How to reheat Pizza Hut pasta in a saucepan
When it comes to using a saucepan to reheat pasta from Pizza Hut, there are three methods to get the desired result. In case you’ve stored the sauce and the pasta separately, you want to reheat the sauce in the saucepan.
At the same time, you want to boil some water, add a pinch of salt, and add the pasta to boiling water for a few minutes. Make sure to not let it overcook – a few minutes is all you need to get the pasta to its original state.
Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce you’ve reheated for a few minutes. In case you don’t like to reheat pasta, you can simply boil some new pasta of your choice and add it to the reheated sauce.
Lastly, there’s the option of reheating the pasta and the sauce together, which works both for frozen and refrigerated pasta. For frozen pasta, add half a cup of hot water to help the defrosting process and release the sauce.
Sometimes the sauce may lose some of its flavors due to the storing and reheating process, so make sure to taste it and season to your liking before serving it.
Can you reheat Pizza Hut pasta?
Yes, it is possible to reheat leftover pizza hut pasta, whether you’ve stored the sauce and the pasta separately, you’ve boiled some new pasta, or you’re simply reheating the pasta and the sauce combined.
Regardless of the method you choose, make sure to follow our reheat instructions for Pizza Hut pasta to a T to avoid overcooking it, burning it, or ending up with sticky, flavorless, sauceless pasta.
For all methods, except when using a saucepan, you want to cover the pasta with a piece of aluminum foil to preserve all the juices and prevent the crust from forming. If you prefer a crust on top, do not add anything on top, except for cheese if you want to add a twist to it.
Microwave is the quickest way to get your pasta to its original state, but make sure not to overcook it or use a high setting as it will melt the pasta into the sauce.
Both the oven and toaster oven are a great solution if you’re reheating the pasta and the sauce together since they will allow the pasta to absorb all the flavors of the sauce. You may also add the pasta, towards the end of cooking the sauce.
The saucepan is a good method to reheat pasta sauce, not so much for the pasta itself, so you may want to cook your pasta again for a few minutes in boiling water if you pick this method.