It is very normal to have leftover baked mac and cheese and the good thing is that you can store it for some time in the refrigerator. However, the boring part about reheating baked mac and cheese is that you can end up with a burnt mess if you use the wrong methods. Below is a list of recommended methods that you should use when reheating baked mac and cheese. In order to achieve satisfactory results kindly follow the step by step instructions.
NB: leftover baked mac and cheese is always stored in the refrigerator so always make sure you completely reheat your leftover baked mac and cheese before eating it so that you can kill all the unwanted bacteria.
Reheat baked mac and cheese using an oven
NB: this method is more time consuming as compared to reheating the mac and cheese in the microwave or the stove. However, it produces the best results for reheated baked mac and cheese.
When using the oven to reheat baked mac and cheese start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Take out the baked mac and cheese from the refrigerator and only scoop out the portion that you intend on eating. This is because baked mac and cheese can only reheated once. It is not advisable to reheat the mac and cheese more than once. Place the portion you want to reheat in an oven safe dish or glass casserole dish depending on your preferences.
The next step is to put milk in the mac and cheese, this will help to revive the texture of the baked mac and cheese. Add 1 tablespoon of milk for every cup of pasta and mix so that it gets evenly distributed. However, if you would love to attain a creamier texture to your mac and cheese substitute the milk with half and half or cream, you won’t regret this. The next step is to cover the dish with aluminium foil so that you can really trap the moisture inside.
Place the mac and cheese in the oven and allow it to reheat for about 20 minutes or until it is completely reheated. When the 20 minutes time mark has passed remove the mac and cheese from the oven using oven mittens so that you do not burn your fingers. Carefully remove the foil paper from the oven dish.
When you have removed the foil paper, place the mac and cheese without the foil paper back into the oven and reheat it for an extra 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
Reheat baked mac and cheese using the microwave
NB: this is the most convenient method to use when reheating baked mac and cheese because it is faster so if you are in a hurry this method will help you to ease the pressure.
When using the microwave to reheat baked mac and cheese start by putting the mac and cheese in a microwave safe dish or bowl. Make sure you just put the amount of mac and cheese you would love to consume at that particular point and time.
Add a tablespoon of milk for every cup of baked mac and cheese. This will help to restore the smooth creamy texture and flavour of the mac and cheese. Alternatively you can always add cream or half and half if you wish to give your mac and cheese a creamier finish. Don’t forget to mix the milk into the mac and cheese so that it can be evenly distributed.
Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and make sure you leave one side of the bowl open so that the mac and cheese can blow out some of that steam during the reheating process.
Place the baked mac and cheese into the microwave and let it reheat at medium heat for about one minute. When the one minute time mark has passed take it out and check if it’s warm enough. Use oven mitts to remove the bowl so that you don’t burn yourself. If the mac and cheese is not warm enough place it back into the microwave for another 30 seconds. Make sure you eat your baked mac and cheese while hot.
Reheat baked mac and cheese using a stove
NB: this method is faster than using the oven method but it is ideal when reheating smaller portions of baked mac and cheese. Furthermore, always keep an eye on your mac and cheese so that it doesn’t burn.
When using the stove to reheat baked mac and cheese you need to use a non-stick pan. This will help to ensure that the mac and cheese doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Place the baked mac and cheese inside the pan and add a tablespoon of milk or half and half to mac and cheese so that it can retain that creamy texture as well as flavour.
Place the pan with all the ingredients on a stove that is switched on between medium and low heat. This is because if you use a lot of heat to reheat the mac and cheese you will end up burning it.
Stir the mac and cheese while on the stove and add extra milk if required so that the mac and cheese can stay nice and moist. You wouldn’t want to eat dry baked mac and cheese. It usually takes about 10 minutes to reheat the mac and cheese. However, the mac and cheese can reheat faster sometimes because you might have placed just a smaller amount.
Remove the mac and cheese from the stove and serve immediately for the best results.
If you would love to add extra flavour to your reheated baked mac and cheese you can add toppings like grated cheese, bread crumps, bacon pieces or even jalapenos. Make sure you also give thesw toppings time to reheat together with the mac and cheese for the best results.