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You need to buy rock sea salt possibly harvested from the Mediterranean sea. PASTA SECRET #3: PASTA BUT ONLY THE RIGHT ONE! Pasta of course must need to be made only with 100% Durum Semolina but that is not enough. The serious pasta lover distinguishes pasta from pasta. Buy only imported Italian pasta and make sure it is made in Italy (the pasta package could say "Imported from Italy" but actually made somewhere else). Do not trust huge companies like Barilla that actually make their pasta locally. Their quality is not the same. Also do not trust a packaged pasta just because it has an Italian name. Check that the package reads "Made in Italy". Use the best pasta available. I recommend you look for Italian favourites like De Cecco or Voiello that you can find at your local grocery store or supermarket.
This technique enables them to prepare pasta dishes at the speed you experience when you visit your favorite pasta restaurant. At home you can utilize this parboiling technique as well. This will allow you to prepare an excellent pasta dish within a short period of time combine this with recipes on pasta and you will be alarmed. Parboiling pasta at home method: Place a large saucepan of salted water(6 liters) on the stove and bring to boil. You now add at least 2 kilogram of pasta and stir till it softens and becomes submerged. Allow the water to return to boiling then cook the pasta for exactly 2 minutes drain the pasta shock using a colander with ice water. When using stranded pasta such as spaghetti or linguine be careful for brittleness. Add enough olive oil to coat each strand placing it in a large enough container cover and refrigerate until needed.
Bring it back to the boil as quickly as possible after the pasta is added and keep it boiling until the pasta is done. Do not put a lid on the pan. Salt is important in cooking pasta. The water must be well seasoned with salt for pasta. Without salt you pasta will be bland and dull. Some people like to add oil to the water. They believe that this will stop the pasta sticking together. This is not true because the oil stays on the surface of the water and does not touch the pasta. But oil can help to prevent the foam that is produced when cooking pasta from boiling over the side of the pan. Most packets of pasta have a cooking time printed on them. Treat this as a rough guide only. You must judge whether or not the pasta is done by touch. Lift out a piece of pasta from the boiling pan and squeeze it between the nails of your thumb and forefinger.