Pasta has become a staple for tired parents, kids at university or just someone looking for a quick snack without tons of work. Well-made pasta can mend a bad day and contribute to a good night. A lot of people seem to land in situations where they follow their grand mum’s recipe but end up with food that is nowhere close. Keeping a few tips in mind could help keep you on the right track.
- Use a cooking pot with space- Your pasta is lacking space to cook properly and you should not be pushing it all in. Having sufficient water to boil the pasta in without forgetting the salt is the base of any good pasta dish.
- Penne for your thoughts- Instead of going for fancy over-priced pasta that is more artistic than it is tasty go for a brand you trust and something you would have loved to come home to as a kid. The best kinds of pasta are often times the simplest and it is considered a meal for a family. Comfort food should never be complicated.
- Pasta on the sauce- A rookie move is adding the sauce over the pasta instead of the other way around. Cooking the pasta along with the sauce on a pan for a couple of seconds could be the final step that brings the dish together.
- An equal amount- Do not over-do the sauce because this will only result in you trying to sift around for a piece of pasta in a shallow tomato soup. Having just enough of both pasta and sauce is what makes for a great dish and allows them to complement each other as they should.
- Wait a little- Putting the pasta into the water too early will result in the temperature dropping. While the water is building up the heat again, the pasta will sit there becoming chewy and sticky. Constant movement is also crucial since it keeps the pasta separated and avoids stickiness.
- Skip the unnecessary- After you are done cooking your pasta and taking it off at the right time, washing it again in water can be the final step that is unfortunately deemed necessary by some. This could get rid of the texture achieved. Completely draining the pasta of all water could also lead to a loss of the silky texture that was achieved. Knowing when to stop is also part of a great dish.