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PASTA SHELLS — COOKED, LEFTOVERS

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3-5 days
Freezer
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1-2 months

Tips

  • How long do cooked pasta shells last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - refrigerate pasta shells within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cooked pasta shells for safety and quality, refrigerate the pasta shells in shallow airtight containers or resealable plastic bags.
  • How long do cooked pasta shells last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, cooked pasta shells will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • How long can cooked pasta shells be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked pasta shells should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of cooked pasta shells, freeze them; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • Cooked pasta shells dishes containing sauce freeze best; cooked dry pasta shells may become overly mushy when thawed.
  • How long do cooked pasta shells last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 1 to 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - cooked pasta shells that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do cooked pasta shells last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked pasta shells that have been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; pasta shells that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
  • How to tell if cooked pasta shells are bad? If cooked pasta shells develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded; do not taste first.

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