How to know if pasta is spoiled

In this brief article, we will talk about how to know if pasta is spoiled. This article will also focus on how to store pasta and the signs that guarantee that pasta is spoiled. 

How to know if pasta is spoiled?

Spoiled pasta turns very gooey, retaining a lot of moisture and will eventually start growing mold on the surface. This means that the pasta needs to be discarded as the texture won’t be edible anymore. 

Harmful germs in spoiled pasta

Spoiled pasta can make you sick if consumed in large amounts. It is important to know when it goes too bad that you can’t even cook it to make it better. Here are some ways you can tell pasta has gone bad by looking at its texture and taste.


Pasta normally has a creamy and soft texture but dry pasta can be a sign that it is near to going bad. Dry pasta, although, does not mean that it is spoiled. If the texture is too mushy that you can’t even catch it with a fork without it breaking apart then it is definitely spoiled. 

Taste and smell

Who doesn’t love pasta? We all know what good pasta tastes and smells like. A bad taste is a very clear indicator that pasta is spoiled. You will get a very moldy and rustic taste and can even smell the mold from a distance.


Cooked and uncooked pasta both show different signs of spoiling. Uncooked pasta might only have a slight discoloration but if it is bad it will turn mushy once it is cooked with a foul smell. Lookout for such signs which clearly mean that it is spoiled. 

White spots

If fresh pasta passes by the best-by date it might show some white spots which is a sign that bacteria has taken over your pasta and will reproduce in the days to come. It is better to throw the pasta immediately and not eat it at all. 

Can you increase the shelf life of pasta?

Yes, you can increase the shelf life of pasta by storing it at a cool and dry place which protects the pasta from any moisture. Pantry is a good place to store pasta because it is dark and cold which fits the environment needed to keep pasta fresh. 

You can be extra careful by putting pasta in an air-tight container to keep in the pantry, this will save the pasta from wheat-eating flours that might attack the pasta while it is in the box. Ideally, fresh pasta should be stored as soon as it is bought so you won’t have to store it in a separate container. 

How long can you store cooked paste?

Cooked pasta has a lot of spices, oil and other ingredients which keeps it fresh for a relatively longer time. Dry pasta, on the other hand, can be stored in a dry place for up to 2 years without worrying that it will go bad. 

Pasta is usually bought in dry form if it is to be kept stored for a while. This is because dry pasta can stay fresh for a longer time without bacteria or other microorganisms attacking it. However, it is possible that if you keep dried pasta for too long, it will start to lose its flavor. 

Cooked pasta on the other hand can not sit for long even inside the refrigerator. If there are vegetables inside, they will probably start to rot and give a foul odour. It might also start to build mould. Fresh pasta can be stored in the freezer to give it a longer shelf life.

Eating spoiled pasta

Spoiled pasta can cause food poisoning as it contains harmful bacteria that will harm your digestive system. If it gets worse, it can lead to nausea, cramps and vomiting. However dry pasta does not have much chances of making you sick because of less moisture.

Pasta is used as a meal in many ways, may it be as meals or in salads and even desserts! This is why it is important to know what fresh pasta cooked or uncooked looks like. If prepared correctly, it will come out delicious. 

Homemade pastas can last for 3 to 4 days,they do not have a long shelf life even if kept in the refrigerator for more than 3 days. If you want to save the pasta for a longer time, then freeze the pasta, that will make it good for a few weeks. 


In this brief article, we talked about how to know if pasta is spoiled. This article also focused on how to store pasta and the signs that guaranteed that pasta is spoiled. 


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.