Cool down hot pasta with cold pasta sauce

Along the lines of Noodad's Easy Mac hack (and appleturnover's frozen vegetable comment), I often cool freshly-boiled pasta by mixing it with cold pasta sauce (generally stuff leftover in the fridge from a previous meal). Homemade or bottled sauce is fine.

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  1. Betsy says

    careful with this tip – you’ll want to make sure the pasta sauce is pretty fresh otherwise you’re running a small risk of food-borne yucky things if you don’t heat the sauce into the ‘safe’ zone before you eat it.

  2. Michelle says

    Any dish that comes out too hot for my wee fella I just set in the freezer for about 2 minuts, mix it up and set it in front of him.

    Chills the food quickly and since the fridge is already there, is quite handy.

  3. appleturnover says


    that’s a good one!

    well, this reminded me of one more. i do this with pasta, or with grains like quinoa. cut up fresh greens or broccoli, something very fast-cooking, and toss it in right at the end. the heat from the noodley/grainy thing cooks the greens, and then it is all a decent temperature…or could be reduced to child-friendliness with some grated cheese. yum!