Fresh pasta involves a lot of time and hard work, but it is delicious and well worth the hassle. However, what happens when you have too much homemade pasta? Can you freeze your homemade pasta to have later?
Since we’re trying to throw out as little food as possible, we want to make sure that we get to eat everything, and freezing the extra portions may be the best way to go about things.
Can You Freeze Fresh Pasta?
Freezing off your fresh pasta can be the best idea to keep it fresh for a lot longer, especially when cooked in delicious dishes. One of our readers had a similar problem and sent us this message:
I’m attending a cooking event next weekend with some friends where we are each going to make a large batch of a different type of homemade pasta, and then share with each other.
There are seven people attending, which means that I am going to come home with seven batches of different types of homemade pasta. I would like to freeze the pasta for later use, but I’m not sure if I can.
I usually only use store-bought dried pasta, so this is new for me. I know that homemade pasta will taste better and I don’t want to waste any of it. Can you freeze homemade pasta?
That sounds like such a fun event, and a delicious one too! I would love to organize something like that with my friends. To get back to your original question, yes, you can freeze fresh pasta.
In fact, many people think that frozen fresh pasta is much better tasting than dried. I’ll let you be the judge of that! Freezing homemade pasta is easy and you should end up with pasta that tastes as fresh as the day it was made.
How To Freeze Fresh Pasta?
To freeze fresh pasta, the key is to keep it from sticking together in the freezer. Although pasta doesn’t have a huge moisture content, there is enough there to make it go sticky if not frozen properly.
- First, lightly toss your pasta in a few tablespoons of fresh flour. The flour will help absorb any extra moisture.
- Next, lay your pasta out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Place the sheet in the freezer to flash freeze the pasta.
- When the pasta is firm to the touch, remove the baking sheet from the freezer.
I suggest freezing the pasta in the serving size you typically use to cook a batch, whether that’s an individual portion or to serve a family. That way you only need to thaw what you’re going to use.
- Place the flash-frozen pasta into either freezer bags (best for short pasta) or hard-sided freezer-safe containers.
- Seal the containers, then label and date them and place in the freezer.
How to Keep Fresh Pasta for Longer?
If you’re going to keep your homemade pasta for longer, you should consider using a vacuum sealer. These appliances take out all the air in the bags or containers and ensure a perfect seal, thus extending the lifespan of your pasta.
We have a full list of vacuum sealers we enjoyed, but we’re partial to the FoodSaver V4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealer Machine, which works with both freezer bags and containers of various sizes, allowing you to freeze single-servings or whole dishes.
How to Thaw Homemade Pasta?
When you feel like having a delicious dish, it’s time to take out the frozen homemade pasta.
- First, remove the bag from the freezer and allow the pasta to thaw in the refrigerator.
- When thawed, cook pasta as usual.
How Long Will Homemade Pasta Last?
Uncooked thawed homemade pasta portions can keep in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
Do not refreeze previously frozen homemade pasta.
Homemade Pasta Recipe
When you’re making homemade pasta, things are relatively straightforward, as you only need a few ingredients.
Homemade Pasta Ingredients
- all-purpose flour (2 cups)
- eggs (three)
- olive oil (1/2 tablespoon)
- salt (1/2 teaspoon)
Homemade Pasta Instructions
You simply have to combine the ingredients and make your pasta dough. Whether you make this by hand or with the help of a stand mixer, it doesn’t really matter.
Once the dough is ready, let it rest at room temperature for half an hour.
Then, you have to either refrigerate it or use it. We recommend getting a pasta maker machine. We have taken this whole pasta-making business quite serious and we reviewed a bunch of pasta makers, so check out our article so you can pick your favorite.
Once your pasta is done, you can freeze it, or you can go ahead and use it for delicious dishes. Here are some of our suggested recipes you should definitely try out:
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