How To Cook Pasta

How To Cook Pasta

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The secret of cooking pasta is to use plenty of water. Cooked pasta should be 'al dente' or "firm to the bite". Undercooked pasta is undesirable and has a taste of raw flour, whereas overcooked pasta will be soft and sticky. Generally speaking, fresh pasta will take about 2 to 5 minutes to cook. Fresh pasta does not increase much in volume whilst cooking as it does not absorb much water.

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2 cups pasta
1 tbsp olive oil (for cooking)
1 tbsp olive oil (for tossing)
1 tsp salt

    Main procedure
  1. Boil plenty of water in a large pan with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Add the pasta to the boiling water by adding a few strands or one sheet of pasta at a time.
  3. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally and gently until the pasta is tender. Cooking times may vary with the size and the thickness of the pasta. Very small pasta (like macaroni, fusilli, conchiglie, penne) may cook in 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Larger shapes (like spaghetti, fettuccine, dried lasagne sheets) may require 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Immediately drain the cooked pasta into a sieve or a colander. Transfer to a bowl of cold water to refresh it. Drain again and keep aside.
  6. If the pasta is not to be used immediately, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to it and toss it.
Nutrient values per serving
Energy275 cal
Protein6.4 g
Carbohydrates37.3 g
Fiber0 g
Fat10.8 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A90 mcg
Vitamin B10.5 mg
Vitamin B20.2 mg
Vitamin B33.8 mg
Vitamin C0 mg
Folic Acid8.8 mcg
Calcium9 mg
Iron1.9 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium3.8 mg
Potassium81 mg
Zinc0.6 mg


How To Cook Pasta
 on 29 Mar 17 04:49 PM

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Tarla Dalal
30 Mar 17 11:35 AM
   Hi Kritika, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
How To Cook Pasta
 on 23 Jul 15 04:56 PM

Hii, I like The method which you are told in blog to make explain very well in short and better way.hope by following your method i made a yummy pasta......
Tarla Dalal
27 Jul 15 09:39 AM
   That''s great..We are delighted you like it.. Thank you very much..Happy cooking!!
How To Cook Pasta
 on 31 Mar 12 01:03 PM

Sounds interesting and the method of cooking is very simple,quick and easy, but the method is not complete in the sense point number 3 of the recipe is incomplete, please give full sentence.