A culinary staple, pasta is a versatile and delicious ingredient, that could be elevated in countless ways. Whether you choose to go for the basic sauces and ingredients, or want to explore exotic flavors, and no matter how you decide to make your pasta, the starting point is always boiling it!
Boiling pasta is the most basic step in preparing a pasta dish, it is a step that probably every adult around the globe knows how to execute.
However, the basic way may be good, but it’s not perfect! we’re sharing a few tips and tricks that will help you take your pasta boiling skills to the next level. So read those pack instructions carefully, and get ready to add a few steps to them to achieve the perfect base to all your pasta recipes!
The first step to boiling anything is to submerge it in hot water. However, most people don’t realize that the amount of water makes all the difference! The water level should be perfect to the quantity of pasta you want to use.
Not adding enough water will cause your pasta to stick together, which is the opposite of how we imagine a perfect pasta dish! In order to achieve the best result every time, use the general rule of 1:100, which is 1 Liter of water for every 100 grams of pasta.
After getting the water figured out, don’t forget to salt, salt and salt! Make sure your pasta water has a good amount of salt in it, because this is your only chance to season the pasta.
To make sure your dish is edible and not overly salty, season your sauce with a light hand, and remember that less is more when it comes to salt!
What comes next is extremely important, and not very well known! Rinsing the pasta after boiling is quite common, but we strongly advise against it! Rinsing will remove the starchy layer that has been building up on the pasta’s surface during the boiling process. This layer helps the sauce adhere to the pasta pieces, which results in a rich and creamy dish!
The only exception to this rule is when you are making pasta salad. In that case, rinse your pasta to make sure it doesn’t stick together until It’s time to assemble the salad.
Speaking of starch, the boiling water is filled with it! That’s why it’s very important that you always incorporate it in the sauces. This is the step that separates good sauces from incredible ones, and gives them that Italian restaurant flavor!
The final tip, and the most important one is constant stirring! Don’t assume that the pasta will cook itself and don’t get distracted by anything else, keep stirring the pasta! This will make sure the pasta doesn’t stick together, and should be done at least every two minutes of the cooking process.