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Still someone should stir the pasta frequently to best achieve even cooking. Different pasta takes longer times to cook so cooking time does rely upon individual s tastes. To create perfect pasta make sure you confirm the cooking time which is printed over the pasta s packaging. Failing that you can always taste test the pasta during the cooking process. You have reached a great cooking point when the pasta is soft to touch and yet still firm in the middle. By cooking your pasta in using this method you have created "al dente" pasta. When it s time to drain the pasta leave two tablespoons of cooking water within the pot with the pasta. This may allow you some breathing room to dilute sauces if need be. If you re planning on adding sauces to your pasta then coat them lightly only after sufficiently warming the sauce. Remember you are able to always reheat the pasta in the cooking pot after adding sauces to ensure you get a regular heat. Many people tend not to realise the pasta will still cook long after it is drained so serving quickly is best advised. If you intend on making pasta salad dishes then after draining the pasta coat it in a little olive oil. Then allow it to cool whilst stirring regularly. Once the past has cooled then you can add additional sauces and serve. The beauty of preparing pasta is that all you need is boiling water. Even if you only have one pan you can still make a plethora of incredible pasta dishes just by boiling or cooking pasta properly. The proper way is of course Al Dente: firm just slightly crunchy. Yes slightly crunchy. Pasta s incredible nutty flavor can only be achieved if it is cooked extra firm. I know I know this might be foreign to most people but once you have tasted pasta which is truly Al Dente you will understand why Italians adore pasta. So the essential thing is boiling water.
In order to flavor the twisted pastas for salads it is good to toss the pasta with the dressing just after draining. If you do this while the pasta is still warm they will absorb the flavor of the dressing and taste better. In addition to the twisted pastas there are shells which come in several sizes. The larger of the shells are great for stuffing with cheese or meat. They then can be served with marinara Bolognese or seafood sauce. The stuffed shells can also be arranged in a casserole covered with sauce and some mozzarella cheese and then baked. This type of dish is also great to make ahead freeze and the cook when needed. To cook a frozen pasta casserole place the whole thing while still frozen in a cold oven. Once the casserole is in the oven you can then turn the oven on to 350 degrees and let it cook.
The sauce for lasagna can vary from marinara (tomato) to Bolognese mushroom vegetarian or seafood. There will usually be a layer of pasta a layer of ricotta cheese a layer of sauce and a layer of mozzarella. Sometimes the pasta and cheese is layered without the sauce and the sauce is added at serving time. The narrowest of the flat pasta is linguini; linguini is long narrow pasta (about " wide) which can be served with any number of sauces. A favorite that is served with linguini are clams in either a white wine sauce or a spicy red sauce. The next size up is fettuccini which is usually served with an Alfredo sauce (cream or bchamel) made with butter heavy cream and parmesan. It is utterly delicious easy and simple to make and loaded with calories.