Don't Waste Overcooked Pasta

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How to Salvage Overcooked Pasta

Instead of dumping your overcooked pasta--the result of an emergency elsewhere while you should be watching the pot--drain it well and sauté it in butter, then add grated cheese if you wish. It will have a toasted flavor and stiffen up a bit if you brown it as shown. Sautéed in butter or olive oil, overcooked spaghetti or pasta can have a nice texture. You may even add the sauce of your choice after it is browned. A little butter won't kill you, but an Italian, faced with mushy pasta, might!

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