Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How to cook Pasta/Noodles(CORRECTLY)

(Spinach pasta sheets cut in squares)

Tips for Cooking Pasta/ Noodles
Cooking pasta/noodles is quite simple.

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Have enough water in the pot so it's about 1 -.5 inches away from the top of the pot.

2. Once the water is boiling (forming large bubbles and rolling like a river) pour in some sea salt to salt the water. (Udon and Soba noodles do not require salt). Many recipes state to pour oil into the water to not have the pasta/noodles stick together. This is a MISCONCEPTION. As long as you are stirring every minute to 30 seconds your pasta/noodles will not stick together. Oil actually makes the pasta clump together.

3. Dump in your pasta/noodles and set the timer to the required amount of time for your pasta/noodles. Every different type of pasta cooks differently. Ex: Fresh pasta takes less than five minutes, while rigatoni/raw pasta takes at least eight minutes.

4. Stir every minute making sure the pasta/noodles are not stuck to the bottom of the pot. Make sure that your spoon is touching the bottom of the pan when you are stirring.

5. When the timer goes off, it's obviously time to dump out your pasta. Get a strainer ready and pour the pasta and water into the strainer. Get a seperate bowl ready to pour your pasta into. If you want, you can heat the bowl up by pouring the water from the pot that you used to cook your pasta/noodles in and heat it up for two seconds that way.

Be sure to not let your noodles/pasta stick to each other.

6. Pour/ Put whatever sauce you prepared onto your noodles/pasta and mix well. Pasta that has the sauce only on the top makes the nooodles stick together underneath.

7. Enjoy!

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