01/29/2013 09:22 am ET

Pasta Fix: What To Do When You Overcook Your Noodles

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Regular pasta-eaters know to strive for al dente, but multi-tasking in the kitchen can lead to overcooking, even for the most experienced chefs.

Unless you're craving the soggy-noodled chicken soup from your childhood days, overcooked pasta does not make for an enjoyable dinner experience. Plus, the longer pasta is cooked, the more negatively it can impact your blood sugar -- and that's no joking matter!

We've discovered a quick fix to help at least salvage the taste of overcooked pasta, even though the glycemic index issue can't be undone. If you're often guilty of the overcooking blunder, listen up!

Sauteing mushy pasta in a pan with olive oil or butter can help it regain its firmer texture. In order to do this, add the olive oil or butter to a pan and warm over medium heat. Saute the pasta for three to seven minutes, and the edges will become crisp. Parmesan cheese or a white wine and cream sauce usually complement this newly repaired dish well.

Alternatively, adding a rich sauce or crunchy vegetables can mask the gooey, unappealing texture of overcooked pasta.

Do you have any tips or tricks that you use to salvage failed dishes? Let us know in the comments!

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