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If there is still a slight resistance then the pasta is done. It is as the Italians say al dente. There is some "bite" left in it. Your pasta is then ready to serve with the sauce of your choice. When you are almost done cooking dinner you turn the macaroni off to add the cheese sauce to it and notice that the pasta is too gummy. Do you make another batch of pasta or do you go without the pasta? You probably don t have time to make another batch of pasta so your meal will not be complete this time. Cooking pasta does take some special attention in order to avoid any gummy or pasty pasta dinners. When cooking pasta put your water on the stove and bring to a boil. Salt your boiling water right before you add your pasta. As soon as you add your pasta stir immediately.
Some of the hollow or tubular pastas are elbow macaroni (most often used for macaroni and cheese or macaroni salad. Elbow macaroni usually comes in two sizes. The large size is great for casseroles and the smaller sizes are good used in soup such as minestrone or vegetable. Large width tubular pastas are ziti which again comes in several sizes penne rigatoni and cannelloni. Cannelloni are usually about 3 inches long and are served stuffed with a cheese or meat filling and topped with a marinara or meat sauce. The twisted pastas include Fusilli Bucati Gemeli Rotelli (Wagon Wheels). The twisted pastas are good for heavy sauces. Their shape will help to retain the sauce whereas with the smooth thin pastas the heavy sauces will just run off back into the plate. Fusilli are also nice for seafood pasta salads.
Also you may want to preserve a glassful of the cooking water to add to your sauce. That water will help form a perfect marriage between the pasta and the sauce. Again never ever drain your pasta too much. If you use a good pasta brand you do not need to eliminate any excessive starch on the contrary too much rinsing takes away the superb flavour of your pasta. Remember pasta water is not "dirty water". It is important to keep a little to maintain the strand moist. In this way you also need less sauce. PASTA SECRET #6: THE SAUCE I am not going to talk about the infinite variety of sauces you can prepare for your pasta but make sure you do not "over-sauce" pasta. Use just enough to cover the strands. In any case the right kind of pasta when cooked right is a veritable delight in itself.