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7. Rinsing the pasta after cooking 51 per cent of Americans say they rinse their pasta immediately after cooking. This ruins good pasta. When pasta reaches the al dente stage it means thereare just the right amount of starches on the surface to absorb the sauce you will serve with it which is where pasta gets its entire flavor. If you rinse you take away these important starches. There are two exceptions. First - if you re cooking for a pasta salad the pasta does need to be rinsed because you don t want the pasta to be sticky if it s being used in a salad. After rinsing with boiling water then rinse again with cold water to stop the cooking process. The second exception is if you have cooked your pasta in too small a pan and the water is cloudy and starchy. In that case it may be worth rinsing the pasta with boiling water to remove these starches.
Stir pasta as soon as it is dropped into the boiling water and keep stirring every minute or so. Never add oil which will coat the pasta and cause it to repel instead of absorb the sauce. Oil would be needed if you are using a low quality pasta since the cheaper wheat would make it much easier for the strands to get glued together. Let the pasta cook on a lively fire stirring it every now and then. Be careful of the cooking time: on italian packages it is usually correct. Better to stop cooking a few seconds sooner than later since the paste will in any case continue cooking for a little while after you drain it. How do you know the pasta is cooked? Well if you do not have a cooking time on the pasta package just sample a strand of the pasta. Break it and see if the inside is still whitish.
No sauce is needed to savour such a nourishing food. No matter what serve the pasta piping hot! Never ever serve lukewarm or cold pasta. PASTA SECRET #7: PRACTICE! I did my part. I shared the jealously guarded secrets handed down in the Bontempi family from generation to generation since the times Rome was a just rustic village on the Mediterranean sea and pasta was still made of *farro* (spelt flour). Now it is really up to you. Let me part by saying: Practice practice practice! Invite friends over or treat yourself and your dear ones to some simple satvic pasta or some zesty one. Remember a good pasta lover eat pasta at least 5 times a week. You may wonder why you need to make fresh pasta when you can buy many types of dried pastas in a variety of flavors in most grocery stores today.