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Reheating Pasta with Cream Based Sauce

DanaB Sep 20, 2006 11:11 PM

Hi all,

I was wondering if there is any way to reheat a pasta with a cream-based sauce so that the fat in the sauce doesn't separate. I've tried doing it on medium power in the microwave but ended up with a greasy pool of separated fat in the bottom of the bowl.


  1. rabaja Sep 21, 2006 02:50 AM

    Can't you just gently reheat it in a saucepan, tossing constantly and adding a little liquid to loosen it? This would be my first choice, as I abhore microwaves.

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    1. re: rabaja
      prunefeet Sep 21, 2006 05:40 PM

      Do this and add a dash of milk. That's what I was told at an italian restaurant, and it works as well as anyhthing else...that was for a gorgonzola sauce pasta...

      1. re: prunefeet
        bookgirl234 Sep 23, 2006 01:59 PM

        I do this too but I add the milk to the pan first, warm it up and then add the cold pasta. 2% or whole milk usually work best.

        1. re: bookgirl234
          prunefeet Sep 24, 2006 05:43 PM

          This makes sense.

    2. steinpilz Sep 21, 2006 12:17 AM

      I've found this really difficult to do, best shot is microwaving gently, just can't get too hot. I basically finish any pasta with dairy based sauces the same night for this reason.

      1. Cheese Boy Sep 20, 2006 11:50 PM

        Try maybe with a double boiler. Low to medium-low heat. I don't think that it's going to be easy. Once heat is introduced, the fat will separate. Worth a try though.

        If you don't have a double boiler, try a heat resistant bowl placed snuggly over a small pot with boiling water. Works fine too. Put your pasta in the bowl and stir occasionally while you bring it up to heat. (Careful - use oven mitts or pot holders because the bowl gets too hot to handle).

        <Added>: If it separates, which I think it will, get out the paper towels and dab the surface to remove the fat. Mission accomplished, and a reduction in calories to boot. :{ )

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        1. re: Cheese Boy
          Karl S Sep 21, 2006 01:04 AM

          This is the way to go: must be indirect heat. Microwave is usually awful for this, even at low power (too uneven).

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