Adults or children, we all love pasta. Spaghetti, twists or shells, natures, with tomato sauce or white sauce, they are all delicious and nutritious as each other. In addition, they can be eaten as a main course, salad or side dish, and their quick and easy preparation only adds to their appeal: just boil water, add the pasta while stirring from time to time and that’s it! That’s it !
But many people do not know that cooking pasta, despite its ease, is not that simple … There are certain rules to respect and a few actions to avoid to fully enjoy their taste!
Here is a comparison between the good and the bad pasta preparation method:
The most common method for making pasta is to add it to boiling salted water and cook for a few minutes. Once softened enough, they are filtered and set aside until the sauce is ready. Moreover, many of us, in addition to throwing the cooking water, go so far as to rinse pasta with fresh water to eliminate the white layer a little fat that forms at the end of cooking. Finally, we add our sauce over our warm pasta, and maybe a little cheese too.
Be aware that this method has several negative points: first, the cooking water that is disposed of contains most of the taste of our pasta, and allowing them to cool for the time to finalize the sauce makes them too soft and sticky.
To prepare good pasta full of taste, here’s how to do it:
Boil water, lower the heat and add a pinch of salt and a bay leaf for more flavor. Pour your pasta in boiling water, but do not forget to revive the fire under your pasta pot, without covering it. Stir occasionally with a wooden spatula, or a fork for long pasta, so they do not stick. It is imperative to respect the cooking time mentioned on the packaging to prevent the pasta from becoming too soft.
Once cooked, drain them by keeping some of the cooking water in a separate container, then add them directly to your saucepan of sauce, which you will have prepared beforehand. Over low heat, simmer both ingredients for a minute, so that your pasta absorbs more sauce. For more flavor, add half a ladle of cooking water to your mixture and let reduce.
Once you have the sauce texture that’s right for you, add a spoonful of olive oil and grated cheese. Once these ingredients are melted, remove your pan from the heat, and finish with a touch of freshly cut aromatic herbs. And now, all you have to do is serve and feast yourself! Buon appetito!