I have always loved cooking pasta because it is quick and straightforward.
Because of these, it has also become my ultimate comfort food.
I am sure many share same feelings as I do. After all, it is a favorite Italian cuisine and for good reasons.
One could never get enough of pasta, as there are hundreds of different types of it that you could eat a new kind of pasta every day for a year.
The tricky part, however, is to boil pasta in a way that it becomes “al dente” or firm to bite.
To help you get ready for your first try at making the perfect pasta, let me take you to a step-by-step process.
Use The Right Cookware
Making pasta will not be as quick and simple as it should be without the proper kitchenware.
It is why it is entirely necessary that you update your kitchen, so cooking meals for your family and friends will both be fun and be fulfilling for you.
For making your pasta “al dente,” you might want to invest in a copper cookware.
Copper cookware is ideal for cooking pasta for its heat conductivity and energy-saving benefits, among others.
For those who are keen on preserving the natural taste of certain ingredients, you might also want to invest in a steel cookware.
Steel cookware is also ideal for cooking pasta because its material does not affect taste and has good heat transfer, among other benefits.
Now that we have explained the importance of updating your kitchenware, we can now proceed to the step-by-step process.
Use A Bigger Saucepan
Whether you prefer copper or steel, make sure that your cookware is big enough for your pasta to have space to move.
We do not want the pasta to be sticking to each other because of the lack of space.
An ideal size would be from eight to 12 quarts. Do not consider using those small pots you use for boiling eggs because the tendency would be to crowd your pasta into a tight ball.
Be Generous With Water.
Time can be the enemy, and whenever we feel like we are too hungry, we tend to use less water in an attempt to hasten the process.
Please avoid it.
Just like the idea of using a large cookware to give your pasta enough space to move, you will also need a lot of water to achieve this.
Additionally, you want to ensure that all your pasta is submerged in the water.
Any strand poking out of it will not be cooked and will substantially affect the outcome of your pasta. The extra time it will consume for it to boil, will be worth it in the end.
Put Salt Into The Water.
You have to put salt into the water to give your pasta a flavor boost.
The amount of salt depends on your preference. Some prefer putting a lot of salt, while some prefer a minimum amount of it, especially the health buffs.
There is no wrong or right solution when it comes to the amount of salt, so just consider the people who are going to eat the pasta and whether they prefer it to be salty or less salty.
Wait Until The Water Gets To A Boil.
Don’t just dump your pasta into the cookware without waiting for the water to a full boil.
A lot of people make this mistake for several reasons, although mostly because they are simply too impatient to wait. Please avoid it.
The reason for dumping your pasta when the water has fully boiled is simple.
You want to ensure that you properly cook all of the pasta and not leave any strand raw.
Keep Stirring And Avoid Distractions.
We live in a modernized time where we cannot keep our hands off of our phones. Well, when we are cooking pasta, we better focus on the job and keep our phones away for the meantime so that you can keep stirring the pasta to avoid clumping.
Well, when we are cooking pasta, we better focus on the job and keep our phones away for the meantime so that you can keep stirring the pasta to avoid clumping.
Finally, Test The Pasta Before Draining It.
Several labels will give you several suggested times to cook pasta, and this can cause you a lot of confusion on which one is the right one.
If you want your pasta “al dente,” you will have to test it first before draining the water out of the cookware.
To check your pasta, fish out a strand.
Let it cool first before you taste it. “Al dente” pasta is firm to bite.
You want it springy and chewy. If you are not too certain about your taste buds, break the strand into halves and check whether there is a discoloration at the middle part.
A different color means the inside is still uncooked relative to the outside part.
Hopefully, this step-by-step process can you help you get through your first time at making pasta! Are you hungry yet?
This article was written by Sarah Jones. She has always loved cooking, but she wanted to go further and see how things worked from the ground up.
That is why she started Simmer and Zest, a haven for people who want to know more about food, nutrition, and cooking.
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