Four Ways You're Cooking Pasta Wrong

February 26, 2015

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Pasta is one of the easiest foods to make . . . except there’s a good chance you’re doing it WRONG.  Here are four myths about cooking pasta . . .

Myth #1:  You should put oil in the water to keep the noodles from sticking together.  It DOES work, but it also makes them so SLIPPERY the sauce runs off.  And that’s why actual chefs don’t do it.


As long as you stir pasta a few times during the first minute or two, it won’t stick.


Myth #2:  You should add a pinch of salt so it boils faster.  Technically, that’s true.  But the main reason to add salt is to season the noodles.  And you should actually add at least a TABLESPOON, or even two.


Myth #3:  You have to completely drain pasta when it’s done.  In reality, it doesn’t do anything but dry it out.  And if the sauce is really thick, a little extra water usually makes it better anyway.


Myth #4:  If you throw spaghetti against the wall and it sticks, it’s done.  Obviously that’s not a very accurate way to tell if it’s cooked enough . . . plus you have to clean your wall.  So just take a bite, and decide if it’s soft enough for you.



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