How to: Cook Pasta the right way
Ah pasta, we all know it and love it. But do we all know how to cook it properly? Pasta has been around for such a long time, every country has their own way of cooking it.
I am sure an Italian Nona is yelling somewhere at people cooking pasta the wrong way. You may think that pasta is such an easy thing, I mean it is basically flour and water, how could you possibly screw it up?
asking the real questions…
I am sure that very few people actually screw it up, however, I do believe that doing something differently in the kitchen can yield better results.
So you may be cooking pasta the average way, the way your parents taught you and you never went against the grain. Learning a new technique to something you have been doing for years can be a great way to oompf up your dishes.
I have watched a lot of videos online to see how different people cook pasta, and most of the time there is a consensus. Although, some people suggest doing certain things that I have tried and tested myself and found not to be helpful.
One of these tips is to add olive oil to you water when you begin to boil it. (Gordon Ramsay suggests this) This tip had been doing the rounds on many social media sites for a long time. Unfortunately, it is one of those tips that do more harm than good.
Now, why should you not be adding olive (or any) oil to your water, the claim is that it keeps your pasta from sticking to each other, unfortunately it prevents anything else from sticking to it too, aka, your pasta sauce!
P.S check out my Penne recipe here!
If you add your pasta to boiling water it will not stick. If you, however, add it to cold water, it will stick. Adding olive oil will make it slippery and prevent your delicious sauce from sticking to the pasta as well.
The second thing that could be harming your delicious pasta is to cook it in cold water. Now, this will definitely not ruin it, but it will give the starch in the pasta more time to release, ultimately making your pasta more fragile to breaking. And no one wants mulchy pasta!
My suggestion is to always learn how to do something from as many different sources as possible, and try to get a consensus on how to do something.
Her is a great video to watch if you are a visual person.
How to Cook the Perfect Pasta
- 1 portion pasta
- 2 litres water for cooking the pasta
- 1 tsp salt
- Bring water to the boil in a pot big enough for pasta
- Salt the water before adding the pasta
- Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for 10-15 minutes
- Drain the excess water and use in your desired dish