Cooking Pasta

28 Sep

 

 

  • Make sure to cook the pasta in plenty of water in a large saucepan or stockpot. Pasta needs lots of space to move around. And bring your water to a full, rolling boil before you add the pasta.
  • You can add a tablespoon of oil to the water to help keep the pasta from sticking together, but it isn’t mandatory.
  • Adding salt to the water is optional, too, but it can add flavor and help the pasta absorb sauce better.
  • Only add one type or shape of pasta to your boiling water. If they’re different shapes, they will probably have different cooking times, too.
  • Pasta should be tender but still slightly firm to the bite (this is called al dente). If you cook the pasta beyond this, you can still eat it. But it will be softer and potentially mushier.
  • Drain cooked pasta in a colander in the sink. Rinse only if you’re making a cold pasta salad. The starch that is sitting on the outside of your pasta can help the sauce stick better. When you rinse your pasta, the starch rinses away.
  • Make pasta a meal by using a sauce and adding vegetables and/or cheese. You can also add grilled or roasted chicken or other meat. Try frozen cooked shrimp — just defrost in the microwave, and they’re ready to add to your dish.
  • Stuffed pasta, like ravioli and tortellini, is an easy way to make your pasta dish seem more like a meal. Just cover with sauce and you’re good to go!

Source: WebMD

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