How To Cook Pasta

What is the best way to cook pasta?

Always use plenty of water when cooking pasta – at least one quart of water for every quarter pound of pasta. Be sure to use a large enough pot to allow the pasta plenty of room to cook properly. The typical procedure for cooking pasta is to bring 6-8 quarts of water to a boil; add salt; add the pasta, and cook according to the package directions.

Should salt be added to cooking water?

Salt is always used in preparing pasta in Italy. A touch of salt in the water brings out the flavor of the pasta. Sea salt is recommend since it is a natural product that enhances the flavor without creating salty-tasting pasta. If you are on a sodium-restricted diet, the salt may be omitted.

Should oil be added to the cooking water?

Adding oil to the pasta water does not stop pasta from sticking together. Using Barilla's high-quality pasta and using the correct proportion of water to pasta ratio will prevent the pasta from sticking together.

Why is cooking pasta al dente so important?

It is important for two reasons: taste and digestion. When pasta is cooked al dente the flavor remains and is not cooked out. Some studies suggest that al dente pasta is easier to digest and eating overcooked pasta requires the digestive system to work harder.

Should pasta be rinsed?

Pasta should not be rinsed after cooking. This method was utilized to rinse excess starch off the pasta. When poor-quality wheat is used, the pasta releases too much starch and sticks together. Because Barilla pasta is made with high-quality durum wheat, the natural starches released from our pasta complement the pasta meal. These starches allow the sauce to adhere to the pasta better.

Can Barilla Oven Ready Lasagne be prepared in advance?

Yes, Barilla Oven Ready Lasagne can be prepared in advance. However, please be aware that preparing food too far in advance is one of the leading causes of food-borne illness. We recommend preparing lasagne no more than 24 hours in advance, holding it in the refrigerator at or below 40 degrees F. When cooking lasagne from the refrigerator, add at least an extra 20 to 30 minutes of cooking time. The internal temperature must reach at least 160 degrees F.

To freeze Barilla Oven Ready Lasagne, we recommend that you do not bake the lasagne before freezing for best results. You may assemble the lasagne in a freezer-safe/oven-safe container, cover, and freeze. When you are ready to cook the lasagne, defrost in the refrigerator for 24 hours. When cooking, increase the cook time to 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

How do you prepare Tortellini?

Preparing Barilla Tortellini is incredibly simple and foolproof. Just add the Tortellini to boiling water and let it cook for 10 to 11 minutes. To finish, you can add sauce or simply drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and grate some fresh Parmesan on top to create a delicious, authentic Italian dish. Another delicious option is to cook the Tortellini in broth, such as chicken broth.

How many packages of Tortellini would you recommend preparing?

It depends on the number of guests you are expecting, but each 8-ounce package yields 2 to 3 servings; each family-size package yields 4 to 5 servings.

How do you prepare a pasta salad using Barilla Tortellini?

To make a Tortellini salad, cook the Tortellini, drain (do not rinse in water) and let cool uncovered at room temperature for 10 minutes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients for the salad. Add these ingredients to the Tortellini, mix well and serve. We do not recommend making a Tortellini salad in advance.

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