How to Store Pasta

How should I store Mueller's Pasta?

Properly stored packages of Mueller's Pasta have a shelf life of two years.

Storage conditions (temperature and humidity) affect product quality. Store Mueller's Pasta in a cool, dry place. If you live in a humid, warm, or damp part of the country, seal pasta in heavy plastic food storage bags or containers with tight fitting lids or store uncooked pasta in the freezer.

How are prepared dishes such as lasagna or stuffed shells frozen?

For best results, freeze your favorite recipe before baking. Follow the instructions below.

To freeze prepared pasta dishes:

Lasagna: Assemble the lasagna in a baking pan as the recipe directs omitting mozzarella cheese from the top. Do not bake. Cover the pan with freezer wrap or heavy-duty foil, or place pan in a large heavy plastic bag and seal. Freeze for up to 2 months.

To bake lasagna: Thaw lasagna overnight in the refrigerator. Remove wrapping. Cover with foil and bake as directed for the minimum bake time; uncover and continue baking until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake 10 minutes longer.

Tip: To store the frozen lasagna without the baking pan: Before assembling the lasagna, prepare and cool the recipe components. Line the baking pan with foil or two layers of plastic wrap before filling. Assemble and freeze the lasagna. When frozen, lift the lasagna from the pan, peel off the plastic wrap, place in a large plastic freezer bag, seal and return to the freezer.

To bake, unwrap the lasagna and return it to the original baking pan. Bake as directed above.

Stuffed Shells: Cook jumbo shells as directed. Fill as desired. Place filled shells on a large baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze several hours or until firm. Place frozen shells in a sealed container or heavy plastic bag and return to the freezer. Freeze meat-or-cheese-filled shells for up to 3 months.

To bake shells: Place the desired number of shells in a baking dish. Spoon sauce generously over the shells. Cover and bake in a 350°F oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until heated through.