How To Cook Pasta

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The secret of cooking pasta is to use plenty of water. Cooked pasta should be 'al dente' or "firm to the bite". Undercooked pasta is undesirable and has a taste of raw flour, whereas overcooked pasta will be soft and sticky. Generally speaking, fresh pasta will take about 2 to 5 minutes to cook. Fresh pasta does not increase much in volume whilst cooking as it does not absorb much water.

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2 cups pasta
1 tbsp olive oil (for cooking)
1 tbsp olive oil (for tossing)
1 tsp salt

  1. Boil plenty of water in a large pan with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Add the pasta to the boiling water by adding a few strands or one sheet of pasta at a time.
  3. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally and gently until the pasta is tender. Cooking times may vary with the size and the thickness of the pasta. Very small pasta (like macaroni, fusilli, conchiglie, penne) may cook in 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Larger shapes (like spaghetti, fettuccine, dried lasagne sheets) may require 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Immediately drain the cooked pasta into a sieve or a colander. Transfer to a bowl of cold water to refresh it. Drain again and keep aside.
  6. If the pasta is not to be used immediately, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to it and toss it.

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 on 23 Jul 15 04:56 PM

Hii, I like The method which you are told in blog to make explain very well in short and better way.hope by following your method i made a yummy pasta......
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Tarla Dalal    That''s great..We are delighted you like it.. Thank you very much..Happy cooking!!
27 Jul 15 09:39 AM
 on 31 Mar 12 01:03 PM

Sounds interesting and the method of cooking is very simple,quick and easy, but the method is not complete in the sense point number 3 of the recipe is incomplete, please give full sentence.