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.
Now people don t know how much water to put and so they end up putting in either too little or too much. If there is too little water the pasta will stick to each other but if there is too much it tends to becomes soggy. With the Pasta Boat you don t have to worry about this either. Just add water up to the indicated serving line and the pasta will turn out to be just perfect. 2. The Pasta Boat maintains a regular temperature so you don t have to keep checking repeatedly. Also as the quantity of water is perfect there wouldn t be any lumps either. If you were using a normal boiling pan you would have to check at least a dozen times and you might end up burning your fingers in the hot water. 3. Now this will really make you smile. Most of you would agree that straining the pasta is the hardest part.
When you walk down the pasta aisle in the market how do you choose which pasta to buy and which to use for what purpose? There are flat pastas round pastas hollow pastas and twisted pastas. There is pasta that is made to look like rice (Italian orzo) and pasta that resembles gnocchi (potato dumplings). There are shells and tubes and then there is pasta that is made into shapes to fit the season. Do you want to serve your pasta with tomato sauce Alfredo Sauce (cream sauce) primavera (with lightly grilled spring vegetables? Do you want stuffed pasta and if so what do you stuff it with? Do you want pasta that is made from semolina ordinary flour or gluten free such as corn or rice pasta? Do you want squid ink pasta spinach pasta or tomato pasta or just plain pasta? The more you learn about pasta the more there is to know and the more bewildered you can get. The best quality pasta is made from semolina (hard durum wheat) and eggs with maybe a little salt and some olive oil thrown in.