Spaghetti Alla Carbonara is traditionally prepared with spaghetti, diced cold cuts, such as ham, or bacon; and an egg and olive oil sauce with aromatic herbs and grated Parmesan cheese. The delicate nature of cooking spaghetti carbonara rests in the last minute by combining the ingredients, so the best way to enjoy it is when it’s freshly made. But what if you get carried away like me and make more than you need.
Then you probably wonder if spaghetti carbonara can be frozen.
The answer is yes! So if you want to learn how to freeze spaghetti carbonara keep reading. I will show you the best way to freeze spaghetti carbonara and also how to thaw and reheat them.
Does Spaghetti Carbonara Freeze Well?
Unfortunately, spaghetti carbonara is not one of those dishes that freeze well. This is especially true if you use fresh spaghetti.
Food will lose its quality in the freezer. It can still be tasty and it’s better to freeze it than waste it. You can minimize this quality loss by freezing the sauce instead of the whole dish or by using dry spaghetti instead of fresh spaghetti.
How to Freeze Spaghetti Carbonara?
To freeze spaghetti carbonara for the best possible results, you should use an airtight container or resealable freezer bag to protect it from the air as much as possible. I will teach you the best way to freeze spaghetti carbonara step by step. Here’s how to do it:
- Step 1: Let the spaghetti carbonara cool completely before freezing.
- Step 2: Then place them in a resealable freezer bag or airtight container. You can use multiple freezer bags or multiple containers if you want to freeze individual servings.
- Step 3: Seal the freezer bag or container tightly, expelling as much air as possible.
How Long Can You Freeze Spaghetti Carbonara
You can freeze spaghetti carbonara for about 2-3 months. Its quality may deteriorate during this time.
So try to consume your spaghetti carbonara as quickly as possible. I usually use them within a month.
How to Defrost Spaghetti Carbonara?
For best results, you should let the spaghetti carbonara thaw slowly. To do this, take them out of the freezer and put them in a salad bowl. Then leave this container in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
Make sure the spaghetti carbonara is completely thawed before reheating. If possible, take them out of the freezer before bed. Thus, the next day, they will be completely thawed and you will only have to reheat them and eat them.
Can You Refreeze Spaghetti Carbonara?
I wouldn’t recommend refreezing spaghetti carbonara. They don’t freeze well so refreezing is not a good option. It can alter the texture and become mushy.
Best Way to Reheat Frozen Carbonara?
Wondering how you reheat frozen carbonara? There are few ways to reheat frozen carbonara but this is my favorite and so far the best way. This is how you do it step by step:
- Step 1: Preheat a pan with 2 tsp. of olive oil over medium heat or place about two cups of spaghetti carbonara in a microwave-safe bowl and cover loosely with greaseproof paper to avoid splashing.
- Step 2: Heat the spaghetti carbonara in the pan while tossing it for about five minutes, or cook it longer to make the spaghetti crisp. Alternatively, heat the remaining spaghetti carbonara in the microwave on high for about two minutes. Sprinkle the spaghetti carbonara with olive oil if it appears dry.
- Step 3: Sprinkle grated cheese on top of the heated spaghetti carbonara and enjoy your meal.
- Step 4: Label the freezer bag or container with the date and contents, then place the spaghetti carbonara in the freezer.
If you plan to freeze your spaghetti carbonara, you’ll find that it freezes better if you use dried pasta instead of fresh pasta.
How long Does Carbonara Last in the Fridge?
Spaghetti carbonara can be stored in the refrigerator for later enjoyment. Here is another step-by-step.
- Step 1: Let the spaghetti carbonara cool, and cover it at room temperature for 30 minutes after cooking. If the carbonara is still smoking, tilt the lid so that the carbonara is slightly uncovered for 10-15 minutes to let the steam escape.
- Step 2: Transfer the spaghetti carbonara to a sealed food container or plastic bag. Fill the container as much as possible so there is no excess air. Squeeze excess air out of the plastic bag before sealing it.
- Step 3: Store the spaghetti carbonara sealed in the refrigerator for up to four days. How long spaghetti carbonara will last in the fridge will vary depending on the ingredient that we have used to make the sauce: if it is egg, it should be a maximum of 2 days, while if it is cream it can last up to 3.
Can You Eat Carbonara Cold?
Definitely yes! Pasta carbonara “cold” is a summer pasta dish, fresh and tasty, the twin of the famous Roman carbonara, ideal for important occasions and when it’s so hot that you don’t know what to bring to the table first, and you don’t want to give up the pleasure of pasta!
Can You Freeze Fresh Spaghetti Carbonara?
If you want to use fresh pasta, you may want to consider separating the sauce and pasta. This will allow you to freeze the sauce and prepare fresh pasta to go with it when you decide to thaw the sauce.
Anyway, I hope that this article has been of help to you, and your doubts have been resolved, although if you still have any, I hope you ask me, as well as I hope you tell me your opinion through a comment, which I will answer you as soon as I read it.
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