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Pasta left out overnight with sauce ok

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pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 1 year ago

If it was covered it's most likely okay. But see this discussion http://www.food52.com/hotline...

This topic should be on a Food52 FAQ

Lost_in_NYC added over 1 year ago

Agree with Pierino. If your kitchen/house gets cooler in the evening and overnight (depending on where you live) than it should be fine to consume the next day (but no more than that).

a Whole Foods Market Customer added over 1 year ago

Depends. Tomato sauce? Probably okay. Creamy or eggy sauce? Toss it.


Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

added over 1 year ago

I have known Europeans who wouldn't dream of putting leftover tomato-sauced pasta into the refrigerator. Covered and in the pantry for someone's lucky lunch the next day.

Benny added over 1 year ago

I'd toss it. live to fight another day.

Food odyssea added over 1 year ago

When in doubt, throw it out!

ChefOno added over 1 year ago

As with the eggs, there are two issues of concern: Deterioration of quality and bacterial growth. Your nose probably knows the first answer.

USDA guidelines say throw it out. Covered or not, you must assume the pot is now a cesspool of bacteria. At room temperature, bacteria multiply rapidly. Under optimal conditions, they can double in quantity every 20 minutes. A single bacterium can become 10's of millions by morning.

That said, here's what Harold McGee has to say about bending the rules:


Will a proper reheating kill enough bacteria so you won't get wish-you-were-dead sick? Probably.


pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 1 year ago

And of course, back to this, one of my biggest complaints about American cooking is that so much food is thrown away and wasted because people are careless about it. There's an Italian proverb, "you can only enter heaven after you've swept up every bread crumb you've wasted with your eyelashes".

lloreen added over 1 year ago

Oh, please. Everyone before refrigeration ate leftovers. If eating pasta the next day was toxic none of us would be here because all our ancesters would have died off before the modern refrigerator - as long as there is no raw eggs or meat, go for it

Benny added over 1 year ago

Since refrigeration was invented, the life expectancy has risen quite a bit. The fact is that moist environment, room temp over night is where bacteria thrive. Unless the pasta is drenched in an acidic tomato sauce (which I would toss anyway), bacteria is thriving. I think everyone agrees that some Americans do throw out too much food. However, the answer here is to try not to leave certain foods out over night in the future, and not to eat food that will make you sick so you can go to heaven.

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