Pasta Tips

If you have time make your own pasta, because the fresh flavor and delicate texture are incomparable.

Cook pasta in uncovered pot. Use at least 4 quarts of water for every pound of pasta. Bring the water to a rolling boil before adding the pasta, and bring it back to boil once the pasta is in the water. Plenty of water prevents pasta from sticking together.

If you're cooking fresh pasta, beware, because fresh pasta cooks very quickly.

A little salt in the cooking water brings out pasta's flavor.

Pasta should be cooked al dente (firm-tender).

If you're serving hot pasta, don't rinse after draining. The starch on its surface helps sauce to cling.

Pasta best absorbs flavors and liquid when it's hot.

If you're serving pasta cold, rinse it after draining. it will prevent pasta from sticking as it cools.

To serve pasta use a kitchen  tongs, pasta lifter or a pair of large forks.

Lasagne noodles easy get stick together in the pot or while they cool, because they are long and wide. To prevent sticking just add a tablespoon of oil to the cooking water. If you don't want to cook them in water with oil you can cook them in batches, a few at a time and rinse them in cold water.

Choosing a good quality grating cheese is very important, almost as choosing the right sauce.

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