Pasta . . . YUM! Who doesn’t love it? It comes in all sorts of fun shapes and sizes. It can be a dish as simple as chicken and noodles or something more exotic with unusual sauces and toppings.
But, do you know how to get the most from your pasta? It doesn’t matter if you use fresh pasta or the stuff out of the box, there are some standard tips to use.
- Use a large pot. Pasta needs a lot of water and plenty of room to move about while being cooked.
- Speaking of water . . . use plenty of it. Any pasta that isn’t totally submerged while cooking will not cook properly.
- Season your water. I know most people don’t think of this. But, adding seasoning (I personally use salt, pepper and garlic) will enhance the pasta flavor even though you drain the water off before serving.
- Do NOT use olive oil (or any other kind of oil) in the water. Yes, it will help the pasta to not clump and to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. But, it will also make it more difficult for the sauce to stick to the pasta. Just remember to stir your pasta a couple of times in the cooking process and you should be good to go.
- Do NOT rinse your pasta after draining. I know a lot of people will rinse their pasta (usually with cold water to stop the cooking process) but that washes away the starch that helps to keep the sauce nice and thick and to stick to the noodles. If you are worried about overcooking, remove your pasta from the heat about two minutes before you feel it will be cooked properly.
See how easy these things are? You can cook pasta like a pro just by remembering these easy steps!
Love, Peace & Pasta!
Hoosier Barn Chick