It seems to be easy to boil pasta. Even a child can do it. It will do, but the pasta will surely stick together. Or they will not taste good. In general, the same pasta can be boiled in completely different ways. How to make delicious pasta, says the Italian chefs.
1. Water quantity
One of the main rules when cooking pasta is sufficient water. The water must be at least one liter for every 100 g of pasta. If you cook a tutu, prepare a large saucepan. Very large, because the water in the pot should be 2/3.
2. Water quality
A necessary condition is quality water. For example, filtered water. Pasta absorbs water, and, you must admit, chlorinated or iron flavor is not appetizing.
3. Pasta variety
Not all pasta is the same. Macaroni are not only different in shape. The main thing to pay attention to when buying is the variety of wheat. High-quality pasta – only from durum wheat. And no variants.
4. When to throw
Throw pasta in boiling water. Boiling water is the one that beats with a key, not only starts hissing. Boiling water must be at least 20 seconds, and only then it will be ready to “take” the pasta in its hot embrace.
5. When to salt
Salt should be done before the water boils. And by no means – after the pasta has been thrown into it. Per liter of water – 10 grams of salt (a teaspoon with a slide).
6. What about the lid
A popular question – what to do with the lid. Once the pasta has been thrown into the boiling salt water, close the pot with the lid to restore the boiling process as soon as possible. Once boiling, the lid is removed, stirred and let it boil on medium heat.
7. Stir or not.
You can stir the cooking process three times as hard during the whole cooking time. Do not stand near the pot with a stake. But you cannot ignore the process completely. After all, pasta is a starchy and sticky product – it can easily stick both to the bottom of the pot and to each other.
8. You can’t spoil with oil.
When cooking, you can add one or two tablespoons of vegetable oil. For the same preventive purposes – so that the pasta does not stick together.
9. What is “al dente”
Properly cooked pasta – a little undercooked or, as they are called in Italy, “al dente”. To get such pasta, boil it for 1-3 minutes less than indicated on the package. Ready-made pasta will be elastic on the outside, and hard in the middle. Not sure – give it a try.
10. Just drain the water
Does everyone know about the fact that cooked pasta does not need to be “rinsed” in cold water? Just put it back on the colander and put it back in the pot. You can add some olive or any other vegetable oil. Or the sauce at once.