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Bob from Alexandria, Virginia, who asked:
Bob writes: “Can I reheat ravioli in a microwave? Should I heat up the sauce separately or with the pasta? I’d like to have this out for about an hour. How can I keep it warm without turning to mush?”
Ask-a-Caterer Replies: Hello Bob - This should go smoothly and we'll give you a couple of ways to do it:
For best success, cook the pasta the day before, then run it under cold water (or drop into ice water) after removing from the boil.
Cool it right down, and then gently toss it with a very little bit of olive oil. We use our gloved hands to do this - with the smallest amount of oil that will “lube up” the pasta.
After the pasta is cooled and ‘lubed,’ into the fridge it goes for a few hours, or overnight, or more.
When you’re getting ready to serve, remove the pasta from the fridge and let it start to warm up. Using your sauce, completely cover the ravioli with sauce. This may mean that you prepare more sauce than your recipe calls for.
No matter what kind of pasta or hot foods you serve, you might just want to use a Food Warmer or two to keep your hot foods hot. Read all about how they work and where to get them. They’re really cheap, and available as a ‘disposable’ too.
When the pasta is covered by the sauce, you can use a microwave to heat it, but Food Warmers are the better way.
Using a microwave, the trick is to keep your pasta covered with sauce, during any reheating. The problem is keeping it warm - because too many zaps will kill most anything...
Using a Food Warmer, you can add the cold cooked pasta - right from the fridge - cover it with sauce, light off the sterno under hot water and wait for 30-40 minutes - it will be warm throughout and ready to serve.
This way it will stay warm for hours - just keep the cover on.Questions about the Microwave Pasta?
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