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Pasta Cooking Tips

Pasta is considered as one of the most favourite dishes among children. In fact everyone in a family likes having pasta. Besides its taste and the variety of dishes that can be prepared from it, pasts is also very easy to cook. Here are some tips that will make pasta easier to cook and give you the best results.

  • When you are buying pasta, make sure that you are going for best brand of pasta available in your area. Cheap pasta will make your cooking a mess. It is recommended that you should go for Italian brands.
  • For boiling pasta, always choose a large pot. Smaller pots mean less water for the pasta. This will result in semi boiled pasta. Always use a stainless steel pot which can hole large volumes of water and has a big mouth.
  • Always use the thumb rule to add 1 quarter water for every 100 gram pasta.
  • Place the pot on the burner with the required amount of water. When water starts boiling, add salt to it. It is very important to add salt while boiling pasta. There is again a thumb rule present that you need to add 10 grams salt per quarter of water in the pot.
  • Dried pasta usually becomes double in volume when cooked. Thus accurate measurement is very important to get the desired results. Hence always measure pasta by weight rather then cups. Usually one pound of pasta servers six persons.
  • Once water with salt starts boiling, add pasta in it. When pasta completely submerges in water then stir it with a fork and keep stirring periodically.
  • Keep the burner on high flame during boiling.
  • On some pasta packages, time for boiling is mentioned, but in actual cooking and circumstances, time might vary. So keep checking pasta regularly to see when it is ready.
  • To check whether the pasta is done, take out a small piece of the pasta using a spoon or fork; break it in the middle and check whether it is white from centre or its colour has changed. If it is still white from the centre core, it means that it is uncooked and if the centre core colour changes to same as out side, it means that it is ready to remove from the stove.
  •  Never add oil of any kind to pasta while boiling to prevent the noodles from gluing with each other. Oiling will result in repelling of sauces and thus effects the taste of the dish.
  •  When the pasta is boiled properly, add a glass of cold water in the pot to stop cooking.
  •  Drain water from pasta but do not drain water completely. That will result in dryness of pasta. Allow some water to stay with the pasta and you can run it under cold water by draining the pasta in a colander under running water from the tap.

There are hundred of varieties of pasta sauces which you can make by yourself or can buy from the market as well. There is only one thing important to say that do not over sauce the pasta. If you do that then you will only have the taste of the sauce and not of pasta. Merge the pasta slowly in sauce so that the noodles or strands do not break and lose their actual shape.

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