Tuesday's Kitchen Tip - Cooking Perfect Pasta
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff posted:
In addition to throwing pasta into boiling water there are other tips to consider to cook the perfect pasta.

  • Use a BIG Pot - Make sure the pasta has lots of room to move around.
  • Salt the Water - For taste. The pasta will absorb the salt reducing the need to salt the dish after the fact.
  • Do Not Add Oil - The pasta will just become oily and sauces will slide off and you will be left with tasteless pasta.
  • Boil the Water - Add pasta only after the water is boiling.
  • Stir - After adding the pasta stir it around to prevent it from sticking together.
  • Do Not Overcook - Cook about a minute or so less than the package says. Your pasta should be al dente, slightly firm in the middle vs mushy.
  • Drain But Do Not Rinse - Rinsing the pasta washes off the starch that makes the sauce stick. (Only rinse if you are making a cold salad.)
  • Add Pasta to Sauce While Pasta is Hot - As pasta cools it looses it starchiness and it's ability for sauce to stick.
  • Save Some Pasta Water - If your sauces need thickening, add a little of the pasta water. It will thin it at first, then thicken up due to the starch in the water.

What other tips do you have for cooking perfect pasta?
What is your favorite pasta shape?
What is you favorite pasta sauce?
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