How to Reheat Baked Ziti? Take a Look on the Best Options

How to Reheat Baked Ziti - 3 Best Methods to Use
Maggiano’s Baked Ziti” (CC BY 2.0) by Clotee Pridgen Allochuku

Do you have leftover baked ziti that you want to reheat

Unsure of how to do it or which method to use?

Don’t fret! There are plenty of ways to reheat this dish so that it tastes just as good, if not better than when it was first cooked.

In this article, we will look at the three best methods for reheating baked ziti and tell you the pros and cons of each method.

So, let’s jump right into it.

3 Best Ways to Reheat Baked Ziti

Best Way to Reheat Baked Ziti
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If you’re planning on reheating leftover or frozen baked ziti, you have a couple of options available to you.

Generally, if you want to reheat baked ziti, you can use:

  • Oven
  • Air Fryer
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave

I have personally used some of these reheating methods with some pretty good results, once you follow the instructions properly.

Let us now take a more detailed look at each reheating method below.

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Method 1: Reheating Using The Oven

When it comes to reheating baked ziti, the best option is to do it inside of the oven

It will take some time to get everything heated up properly, but it is definitely worth the wait. When warmed up in the oven, the baked ziti is going to taste the same as when you first had it.


  1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the baked ziti inside an oven safe dish or baking sheet.
  3. You are then going to cover it with aluminum foil.
  4. Place the ziti in the oven and allow it to reheat for about 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes, remove foil and allow it to finishing reheating for another 15-20 minutes more.
  6. Once the top begins to bubble, it should be steaming hot and ready to be enjoyed.

Note: These instructions will also work if reheated the toaster oven, so you can look at that as an option if a conventional oven is not available.

Method 2: Reheating Using the Air Fryer

The air fryer is another option that can be used to reheat baked ziti. It is quick and will have your ziti ready in about 8-10 minutes, depending on how much you’re reheating.

The biggest positive in using the air fryer is that it leaves your ziti crispy on the outside, just like when you first cooked it.


  1. Take your leftover or frozen dish of baked ziti and put it in the air fryer basket.
  2. Set the air fryer to 350 degrees and cook for about eight minutes or until heated through.
  3. If it needs a bit more time, you can warm it up for another two minutes or so, but be careful not to overcook it.
  4. Once done cooking, remove it from the air fryer, let cool and serve.

Method 3: Reheating Using The Microwave

The microwave is not really good at reheating pasta, especially baked ziti. There is a reason why it is “baked”. However, if the microwave is the only option available or you are too hungry to care about taste/texture, then you can give it a try.


  1. Take the ziti and place in a microwave-safe container.
  2. Zap it at low to medium heat for up to one minute.
  3. Take out and see if it is reheated properly. If not, give it a couple more seconds in the microwave.
  4. Take out and enjoy.

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Reheating Frozen Baked Ziti

If you’re looking to reheat baked ziti that was frozen, the oven is the best option. It will have it warmed up perfectly, like it was freshly made out of the oven..


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. If it’s already in an oven safe container, you can place it directly into the oven, if not, you are going to want to take it out and place it in something that can.
  3. You are going to also want to cover it with aluminum foil.
  4. It is going to take a lot longer when it is frozen, so you can expect it to be in the oven for about an hour.
  5. 15 minutes before it is finished, you are going to want to take the foil off, so that it can nice and bubbly.

Wrapping it up

While there are plenty of cooking methods that can be used to reheat baked ziti, the oven, air fryer, and on occasion the microwave will give you the best results.

So, if you’re looking for a crispy exterior and moist interior in your dish when it’s done heating up, opt for an air fryer.

If you want something quick and easy, go for the microwave.


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