Cooking & Storing Noodles

What’s the best way to prepare noodles?

In a large pot, boil 4 to 6 quarts of water per pound of noodles. (Adding salt is optional.) Gradually add noodles, stirring to separate them and return to a boil. Boil uncovered, stirring occasionally until desired tenderness. Drain. Serve immediately. When using cooked noodles in a recipe that requires additional cooking time, like macaroni and cheese or casseroles, reduce the boiling time by 1 to 2 minutes.


How can I tell if my noodles are done?

“Doneness” really depends on your personal preference. Start by checking for doneness at the minimum recommended cooking time on the package. Test by tasting a single piece. Noodles should be “al dente” (“to the tooth”) or tender with a slight bite or firmness.


Can’t I just turn the heat off under the pot?

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. The noodles will continue to cook in the hot water and become mushy if you leave it in water for too long.


How do I keep my noodles from sticking?

If you aren’t ready to serve the noodles just yet, you can toss the noodles with a little oil or butter to keep them from sticking together. If they get cold while you’re finishing your dish, you can dunk them in a pot of warm water for a few seconds to bring them back to temperature.


Can noodles be cooked in the microwave?

Unless it’s a product designed to be cooked in the microwave, we don’t recommend using your microwave. Noodles need boiling water to cook properly and the microwave isn’t suitable for that.


How do I reheat noodles?

Cooked noodles without sauce can be dunked in a pot of hot water (preferably boiling) for about thirty seconds to bring it back to temperature. Cooked noodles with sauce and other noodle dishes can be reheated in the microwave.


Can I add dry noodles to my soup without cooking it separately?

Yes, you can add dry noodles and let your soup do the cooking. You might want to add extra liquid (broth, water, etc.), since the noodles will absorb some.


Why do different shapes of noodles have different cooking times?

Each noodle shape has a recommended cooking time to achieve the best results, since they vary in thickness or length. Be sure to follow the directions on your package.


Why do noodles have a range of cooking time (i.e. 6-7 minutes)?

Doneness of noodles depends on your own preferences, so we give a range of cooking time that’s appropriate for most cooks. If you prefer a bit more bite to your noodles, use the shorter cooking time. In addition, noodles continue to cook after you remove them from the boiling water for a few more seconds, so finding the perfect time is as individual as you are!


How should I store my dry noodles?

Noodles should be stored in a cool, dry place like your pantry, and unopened, it can last there for up to two years. If you live in a humid, warm climate, consider storing your noodles in a plastic zipper bag or other sealable container to keep moisture away from it. It’s also okay to keep an opened bag of noodles in your pantry for a couple of weeks, provided they stay in the bag!


How long can I store my noodles?

Unopened noodles can last in your pantry for up to two years, but it’s best to follow a ‘first-in, first-out’ rule: always start with the package you’ve had in your pantry the longest. This way, you always know your noodles are as fresh as they can be.


What about storing prepared dishes?

All leftovers should be stored in a clean storage container and refrigerated within two hours. You may refrigerate leftover noodles for up to 3-5 days. For baked dishes like casseroles, those can be prepared ahead of time and frozen until you’re ready to enjoy them. Make sure you follow the cooking instructions in your recipe and be sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F when you cook your dish.