Have you ever wondered how to reheat mac and cheese? Is there a way to make it taste fresh and delicious the day after it is made? There definitely is!
There are actually a few different ways to reheat mac and cheese. Each method makes the cheesy pasta dish taste as good as the day you made it. Your day-old mac and cheese will be creamy, flavorful, and incredible once again!
Once your mac and cheese is reheated, you may start wondering what to serve with it. That’s a trickier question! Don’t worry, I can help with that too. These 15 delicious side dishes for mac and cheese can be enjoyed with your reheated mac and cheese. A complete dinner is just minutes away!
I have four different reheating methods for you to try. Each one is very simple and will only take a few minutes. Choose one technique or try them all to see which works best for your mac and cheese recipe. I have found they all work great.
How to Reheat Mac and Cheese in the Oven
The oven is often the go-to kitchen appliance for reheating food. It can definitely help you reheat your mac and cheese. It may take a little more time to reheat mac and cheese in the oven. First, you will need to preheat the oven which can take a few minutes. Mac and cheese reheated in the oven will be evenly warm, nice and gooey, and taste incredible. The oven is a foolproof way to freshen up your cheesy noodle dish! Here is how I bake my mac and cheese in the oven.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Lightly grease an oven-safe casserole dish. Use a dish that fits the amount of mac and cheese you are reheating. A smaller, single-serving bowl will work for a small amount while a full-sized 9×13 pan is best for larger portions.
- Pour some whole milk over the mac and cheese. Use about one tablespoon of milk per cup of pasta. The milk will prevent the cheese sauce from getting too dry in the oven. It also adds a little extra flavor.
- Cover the baking dish loosely with aluminum foil. This will also help seal in the moisture as the pasta bakes.
- Place the mac and cheese casserole dish in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. After about 10 minutes, remove the foil if you want the top layer of your mac and cheese to be crispy. You can also increase the oven to 375 degrees F for a crispier top.
- Remove the mac and cheese from the oven, remove the foil and scoop the hot, reheated meal into bowls. Enjoy while warm!
If your mac and cheese has bread crumbs on top, you may want to skip adding the extra milk. Otherwise, your bread crumbs may get a little soggy. If you originally baked your mac and cheese in a casserole dish, you can keep it in the same pan. Simply add the tablespoon of milk per cup of mac and cheese, mix slightly and place it in the oven. It’s such an easy and flawless method for heating mac and cheese without drying out the sauce.
Using the oven is the best method for reheating leftover frozen mac and cheese or a big pan of mac and cheese casserole. A 9×13 pan of frozen mac and cheese will thaw and heat in about an hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake it in the oven. A perfect dinner will be ready in no time.
How To Reheat Mac and Cheese in the Microwave
Using the microwave is a very fast way to reheat mac and cheese. You can make hot, delicious leftover mac and cheese in just a few minutes. However, microwaves can make the pasta a little rubbery if overheated. The sauce may also get a little dry. These simple steps will help you heat up your leftover mac and cheese in the microwave quickly and preserve the quality as well.
- Put your macaroni and cheese in a microwave-safe bowl. You can also use a microwave-safe plate or glass casserole dish for heating larger quantities
- Add about one tablespoon of milk to the bowl and stir it into the pasta. One tablespoon of milk per cup of pasta is the perfect amount.
- Cover the dish with plastic wrap and leave one corner slightly open. This will let the steam come out but keep most of the moisture in. This step is key!
- Microwave the mac and cheese in 30-second intervals until steam begins coming out from the open corner of the cover. Take a small bite to see if the mac and cheese has reached your desired temperature. Heat for 30 more seconds if needed.
It only takes a few minutes, a microwave-safe bowl, and some plastic wrap to perfectly reheat mac and cheese in the microwave. Be sure to add that splash of milk to get the best results.
How to Reheat Mac and Cheese on the Stove
Reheating mac and cheese leftovers on the stovetop is another quick method. The noodles and sauce will heat very quickly especially when you are only heating a small amount of mac and cheese.
This technique does require a little more hands-on time. You need to constantly stir the mac and cheese while it heats in the pot. This will ensure that it doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pot or get too dry. Stirring also heats the mac and cheese evenly. Here is how to reheat mac and cheese on the stove.
- Place the leftover mac and cheese in a small saucepan or a larger nonstick skillet.
- Add a tablespoon of milk for every cup of mac and cheese added to the pot and stir it in. You can also add some extra cheese if you want to make your mac and cheese even creamier.
- Cook the macaroni and cheese over medium-low, stirring frequently with a rubber spatula or spoon.
- If the macaroni and cheese begins to look dry, add a little more milk and maybe some more cheese as well. Stir and take a bit to test.
- After about 10 minutes remove the mac and cheese from the stovetop. It should be steaming and hot. Divide it into bowls and enjoy!
Using the stovetop and a pan is a great way to reheat macaroni and cheese. Just be sure to add milk and stir to get the best, creamiest comfort food possible.
How to Reheat Mac and Cheese in a Crockpot
Using your crockpot to reheat mac and cheese is a fantastic idea. The crockpot is great to use if you are in no rush to eat. It will heat up your macaroni and cheese perfectly but it does take a little bit of time. However, if you want your leftover mac and cheese to taste as fresh as the day it was made, try this crockpot method.
- Spray the inside of your crockpot with non-stick cooking spray or grease it with butter.
- Add the mac and cheese to the crockpot.
- Stir in a small amount of milk, adding 1 tablespoon to 2 tablespoons of milk per cup of mac and cheese. Since the crockpot will be cooking your mac and cheese longer, a little milk is needed to ensure the dish doesn’t get dry.
- Cover the bowl of the slow cooker and turn your heat setting to low.
- Check your mac and cheese after 30 minutes, giving it a stir and a taste. If you are only heating a small amount of mac and cheese, 30 minutes should be plenty of time. For larger quantities, you may need another 10 to 20 minutes or so.
- Scoop the reheated mac and cheese into bowls and enjoy straight out of the slow cooker.
Slow cookers are one of the best tools for reheating leftovers. You can even use this method to reheat frozen mac and cheese. Just keep the mac and cheese in the slow cooker for about 1-2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes or so to break up the noodles.
Perfect Leftover Macaroni and Cheese
These four methods of reheating mac and cheese are all tried and true. Each one will work to make your leftover macaroni and cheese as good as new without drying out your sauce or noodles. Milk, stirring, and testing your noodles as they heat are all essential to getting the delicious, cheesy noodles you want. Once your mac and cheese is heated, it is ready to enjoy!
Let us know which techniques you try and which way you think is the best way to reheat macaroni and cheese. Leave a comment below or send us a picture of your creamy leftovers. We love to hear from you! Enjoy.