Adults or children we all love pasta. Spaghetti twists or shells, tomato sauce or white sauce, all are delicious and nutritious. Moreover, they can be eaten as a main dish, salad or side dish, and are very easy to prepare: just boil water, add the pasta, stirring occasionally and voila! That’s it!
But many don’t know that cooking pasta, despite being easy, is not that simple. There are some rules to follow and some gestures to avoid in order to fully enjoy their taste!
Here is a comparison between good and bad method of preparing pasta:
The most common method for preparing the pasta is just add it to the boiling salted water and let them cook for a few minutes. Once softened enough, they are drained and set aside for a while until the sauce is ready. In fact many of us, after throwing away the cooking water rinse the pasta with fresh water to remove the white layer that forms at the end of cooking. Finally, they add sauce over warm pasta, and maybe some cheese.
Note that this method has several negative points: First, the cooking water which is discarded, contains most of the taste of the pasta and the cooling time while we finalize the sauce makes them too soft and sticky.
In order prepare great tasty pasta, you need to know these simple tricks
Boil the water, turn down the heat and add a pinch of salt and a bay leaf for more flavor. Put the pasta in the boiling water, but be sure to turn up the heat and cook the pasta without covering the pot with a lid. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon or a fork if you are cooking long pasta, so it doesn’t stick. It is essential to respect the cooking time indicated on the package to prevent the pasta becoming too soft.
Once cooked, drain the pasta by keeping some of the cooking water in a separate bowl, and then add them directly to your sauce that you have previously prepared. Over low heat, simmer the two ingredients for a minute, so that the pasta absorbs more sauce. For more flavor, add half a ladle of the cooking water to the mix and let it reduce.
Once you are satisfied with the texture of the sauce, add a tablespoon of olive oil and some grated cheese. Once these ingredients melt, remove your pan from heat, and finish with a touch of freshly cut herbs. And now, just serve and enjoy!