How to Cook Pasta for Pasta Salad Recipes

If you are making a pasta dish that will be served at room temperature or a chilled pasta dish such as pasta salad, follow these instructions:

  • You should cook the pasta for 1 minute less than the time recommended in the package instructions.
  • Then, drain the pasta, spread it out on a cooking sheet, drizzle a single layer of extra-virgin olive oil over it and allow it to cool. Spreading it out on the cooking sheet allows it to cool quickly and prevents it from overcooking and the olive oil will keep the pasta from sticking.
  • When the pasta is cool, simply combine it with the other ingredients called for in the pasta salad recipe. Looking for inspiration?

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