Four Ways I’ve Been Cooking Pasta Wrong
So, I guess that pasta is one of the easiest foods to make. Well, I just found out that almost everything I've been told on how to cook it, is wrong!
I put my water in a pot to boil, I add salt to the water before it starts boiling and let the pasta cook for 7 to 10 minutes, tasting it for doneness, then I drain it, add olive oil and toss it around. I am sort of doing it right and again somewhat wrong.
According to TheKitchn.com there are several 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 the 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. You should actually add at least a tablespoon or even two! (I will need to show this one to my husband, he thinks I add too much! I say I don't add enough.)
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.
So, do you do any of these? Pasta is my diet downfall. I love pasta!