Cooking related questions
How do I cook pasta perfectly?
- Fill a large saucepan with water and place over high heat. Be sure to use a big enough saucepan to allow the pasta plenty of room to cook properly. Also allow plenty of water - we recommend 1 litre for every 100g of pasta.
- When the water begins to boil, add salt. We recommend 7g per litre of water. After the salt has dissolved and the water is really boiling, add pasta to the water and stir frequently the first two minutes, then occasionally until the end of the cooking process. Follow the cooking time outlined on the box. Before draining the pasta, taste it to see if it is cooked to your liking.
- Finish cooking your pasta in the pan with the sauce, so the pasta continues to absorb all the flavour of the sauce as it finishes cooking.
If the pasta is “al dente,” you should feel a slight resistance when you bite into it. There should also be a thin white vein at the centre. If you prefer your pasta a little softer then continue to boil for an additional 1-2 minutes.
What is the correct quantity of pasta for an adult and for a child?
Should I add salt or oil to the pasta water?
Contrary to popular myth, adding oil into the water does not stop pasta sticking together. It will only make the pasta slippery which means your delicious sauce will not stick.
Instead, add salt to the pasta water when it comes to the boil and before you add the pasta. The salt will be absorbed by the pasta as it cooks, enhancing the delicious flavour of the pasta.
Why is cooking pasta al dente so important?
Should pasta be rinsed?
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