HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >

Discussion

Advice needed for heating up Spaghetti Carbonara.

I made a very big bowl of carbonara tonight and have some leftovers. How do I reheat this? Any ideas as to what I do with this? I don't want to throw it away, the pecorino cheese was pricey! Help me please? Thanks ChowHounds.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Don't throw it away!!!!!! But it will never be what it was tonight :( I just add a really tiny bit of oo and reheat in the MW. A little bit of a time, stir, MW, a little more, etc.

    1. It makes a good base for a frittata (omelet)

      An earlier thread on the same topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/614004

      3 Replies
        1. re: ElsieDee

          Just beat some eggs, and stir in the carbonara, then cook it over gentle heat till set.

          The usual omelet/frittata/tortilla ideas about covering, flipping, or using a broiler to set the top, apply.

          1. re: paulj

            Sounds delightfully easy enough. Thank you!

      1. hi Aug-
        ATK was on today and it taped. the subject-spaghetti carbonara. their secret was to save some of the pasta starchy water and add small amount of that to the sauce made for carbonara then dump that on the pasta which helps make the life of it > longer. you're past that point.....
        but I'm wondering if making a little bit of a starchy water either by boiling a potato or small amount of noodles in small amount of hot water then stirring that into your prepared carbonara. (maybe couple of TBL at a time) could loosen it up and bring it back to life.

        either that or using it as the suggested start of a frittata or spaghetti pie.
        I wouldn't add any oil can't see how that would help.
        don't dump it though there's hope with suggestions.
        love carbonara.

        1 Reply
        1. re: iL Divo

          I use the Hazan recipe for carbonara and since it already has oo in it, I think that's a good way to 'refresh' it. I don't see adding more starch to it.

        2. I would put it in a Ziploc bag, squeeze the air out and then submerge it in hot water (as hot as your tap can get should be fine) for a few minutes, until it's almost the temp of the water. Then dump it into a bowl and add just a touch of very hot water and a little additional cheese to it, stir vigorously and eat immediately.

          1. It's good cold.

            And certainly better than reheated.

            1 Reply
            1. re: ipsedixit

              To each his/her own. But not for me. My MW, used five or so seconds at a time, gives me great results for many things.