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Place a lid on the pot in order to make the water boil again. Allow the pasta to boil for about three minutes. Stir one more time and then remove from heat to drain water. Add sauce as usual. Dry Pasta: Dry pasta should be cooked the same way as fresh pasta. If you are cooking filled pasta you need to add a drop of oil to the boiling water in order to allow the pasta to stay firm. Most cooks will tell you to never rinse the pasta after you remove it from the heat. Do not break the pasta to fit the pan like most of us do. Allow the spaghetti noodles to slowly cook until tender. There are five preferred ingredients to keep on hand so you can enjoy your pasta. The sauces that you make are not only easy to fix but they are melt in your mouth good. Here is a list of basic pasta sauce ingredients. Tomato sauce.
Undercooking is less common because undercooked pasta is crunchy and obviously difficult to chew. Overcooked pasta (much more common) is limp loses its shape easily and won t hold a sauce well. Unfortunately overcooked pasta is not salvageable so you ll have to throw it away and start again. The key to cooking pasta well is to keep testing it as you cook it. There will be a guide cooking time on the packet so about a minute before that time is up start testing the pasta. It is ready when it is slightly firm to the bite - a state the Italians call "al dente" (firm but not crunchy). At the al dente stage turn off the heat and drain the pasta in a colander. Shake the pasta to get rid of all excess water (be especially careful to do this if they are pasta shapes which catch pockets of hot water) and serve immediately. The pasta continues to cook while it s draining it in the colander so when you are testing remember that what you eat will be cooked for a minute or two longer than what you re testing in the pan.
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.