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.
The fact that it s fresh negates the need for salt because fresh pasta has a different surface than dried pasta. 4. Adding the pasta to the water before the water has boiled Pasta must be cooked in boiling water from the start. Add the pasta to the pot when the water has come to a full rolling boil. It will stop boiling when you add the pasta so make sure you get the water boiling again as quickly as possible. To add pasta to cold water and then heat up the water is a sure guarantee pasta will not cook properly. 5. Not stirring the pasta once it is cooking Pasta needs to be stirred while it is cooking. This stops it sticking together (especially spaghetti and linguine). When pasta doesn t stick together it all cooks consistently. 6. Overcooking the pasta Different people will cook the same pasta for as much as five minutes difference and each will claim they have cooked their pasta perfectly. But while accepting that taste is a subjective thing there are people who undercook their pasta and people who overcook their pasta.
You can do the parboiling long before the actual dinner takes place relieving the pressure of being able to serve freshly cooked pasta and not warmed up pasta. This technique or tip will allow you to give more attention to other detail concerning your meal. I urge you to try this tip at least once and you will never regret it. I am not saying use this only when you have to entertain a large amount of guests but when you know that you will be serving pasta just do it. You can obtain more information about recipes on pasta below. Pasta boat is a multipurpose pasta maker that can cook strain serve and store pasta. You may have seen this interesting looking contraption being advertised on TV. Don t let the cute name fool you though; the Pasta Boat is a pasta maker like no other.