Q. 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?
A. 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 homemade 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 do you freeze homemade 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 container. Seal the containers, then label and date them and place in the freezer.
To use frozen homemade pasta, remove the bag from the freezer and allow the pasta to thaw in the refrigerator. When thawed, cook pasta as usual. Any uncooked portions that have been thawed can keep in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Do not refreeze previously frozen homemade pasta.