Here's how to freeze, thaw, and reheat pasta sauces.

By Jackie Freeman
August 17, 2020
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Keep a stash of ready-to-serve pasta sauces in the freezer. It's the secret to quick weeknight dinners any time. Pasta sauces are easy to freeze and package for later. For a fabulous dinner on the quick, just boil some pasta while your sauce reheats. Here are several tips for freezing, thawing, and reheating pasta sauces. And check out some of our best recipes for make-ahead pasta sauces.

  • Allow your sauce to cool completely before packaging.
  • For larger quantities, place sauce in a quart-size zip-top plastic bag and freeze flat on a baking sheet. Once frozen, you can stack the baggies to save space.
  • If you have small amounts of sauce left (or want single servings), freeze leftover sauce in ice cube trays or greased muffin cups, freeze, then transfer to plastic bags. Don't forget to label each bag with the name and date.
  • Most sauces defrost perfectly overnight in the fridge. You can also defrost and reheat them on low in the microwave, or directly in the pan on the stove top. Some cream sauces might need a little extra whisking to come back together.

Check out our collection of Pasta Sauce Recipes.

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