Tuesday, April 11, 2006

How to Make Perfect Pasta

Everyone knows how to make pasta; few people know how to make pasta well. A couple of extra steps might seem fussy, but they make all the difference.

1. Bring water to boil. Use far more water than you suspect is necessary.

2. Once the water is boiling (and I mean rolling, huge bubbles breaking to the surface boiling), throw in a lot of salt. Not just a few wimpy shakes, think at least a teaspoon. The salt will be absorbed by the cooking pasta and will accentuate its taste.

3. Put in pasta, cook until almost done, but still a little chewy.

4. Drain

5. If using sauce, put the pasta back into the pot and stir the sauce in there.

6. Serve and enjoy.


Anonymous agenius said...

This is very useful information!
How come you put the salt in after the water is boiling?

10:49 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

Salting the water makes the pasta itself taste better. For some reason, adding salt to cooking ingreddients (boiling water, cooking oil) before the food itself goes in makes the food's flavor more intense. Don't know why, but it does.

7:50 AM  

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