Earlier today, for lunch, I had some left over pasta. I had the pasta and sauce in separate containers and kept it in the fridge overnight.

This got me thinking, does pasta go bad if not kept in the fridge?

We put a lot of things in the fridge in this country that others don't or that simply do not have to be. Do you put ketchup in the fridge? You don't have to. Butter can be kept out for very long periods of time.

I took to Google to find out if it was safe to leave cooked pasta out overnight. The results were mixed.

According to the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln,

TWO HOURS is the MAXIMUM time perishable foods should be at room temperature (ONE HOUR at temperatures 90 degrees F and higher). This INCLUDES the time they're on the table during your meal. Just ONE bacterium, doubling every 20 minutes, can grow to over 2,097,152 bacteria in 7 hours!

They include cooked pasta in with perishable foods.

What do you think?

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