Do you curse yourself when you make a mess of your pasta every time you attempt to cook it? ?Do what I do and you can have the best pasta in town.
First, the don?t:
Water or the pasta should not be given the ?oil Treatment?. ?Oil tends to reduce the noodles? ability to stick to the sauce. ?Oil is what makes pasta greasy.
Now the Dos:
1. Have enough Water
Pasta always expands in the water and so use plenty of water to enable the noodles to move around without hindrance. To cancel out the heat after the pasta is added, use more water but bring the water to boil once again. It is the standard to add 3 liters of water to 250g
2. Add adequate salt
Pasta is neutral in taste and so needs an outside agent to give it flavor. Add 1 tbsp salt to 3 liter of water.
3. Heat is Crucial
Noodles need extreme heat to get cooked properly. Make sure the water is boiling when you add the pasta. If the heat is lesser than required, the pasta will turn soggy. You don?t want a very depressing taste while you?re drinking hawaiian noni with the pasta.
4. Stir well
Keep a stirrer handy and start stirring even as you are dropping the pasta into the water. This is to prevent pasta from turning into several balls and also to sticking to the bottom of the pot. ?Stir constantly to avoid any of this from happening.
5. Check the package for timing
You can use your intuition to estimate the time duration for cooking your pasta and that is what many cooks do but even a slightly wrong?perception may make your efforts pointless. The rule of the thumb is that the smaller variety takes a little more time than the long ones to get cooked but again, you cannot be absolutely accurate. The best way to avoid the confusion is to go through the instructions on the wrapper. You will do well to test the pasta two minutes before the time indicated.
6. ?Tender and Firm
See if the pasta is firm and, at the same time, tender. If there is still water when you think that the pasta is just about right, you must remove it at once from the water.
7. Drain But not Completely
Use your judgment to remove most of the water but not completely. For, as the pasta cools down, it will firm up and if there is paucity of water, the pasta will become more solid than desirable
8. Add pasta to sauce
Many people think it does not matter whether you prepare the sauce first and then take up cooking of pasta. No, you should always have the sauce ready before the noodle is prepared. Saucepan should be wide and the sauce in it should be warm when you add noodles.
9. Add some pasta water
When you add noodles to the sauce, do it with just a little of pasta water. This will make the noodles completely adhere to the pasta. If the sauce had split, the pasta water can bring it back
10. Noodles, the Last
We want to stress the most important point again and again. Noodles are the last item to be cooked while making pasta. Dropping the noodles is the last activity which should be preceded by the preparation of salad and sauce. If you fail to add pasta to the sauce immediately after it is cooked, you cannot expect your pasta to be free from being sticky and gooey.