How to Cook Pasta: A Basic Overview

There are so many reasons to eat pasta—it is delicious, easy to cook and affordable. It’s also versatile because it makes a great base for a wide array of other healthy ingredients like lean proteins, vegetables, legumes and fruits.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when cooking pasta is that you should always aim to cook it until it is firm, or “al dente,” which means “to the tooth” in Italian. Pasta that is cooked al dente maintains pasta’s low-glycemic index value and it also tastes better than pasta that is overcooked and mushy.

Barilla pasta is made with the highest quality durum wheat, so it doesn’t release a lot of starch in the cooking water. Pasta that releases excess starch will turn cooking water cloudy and usually results in cooked pasta that is sticky and clumps together.

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