Cooking

Why add salt?

Have you ever wondered why people add salt to pasta? Because salt hardens the pasta and enhances its flavor.

Boil rapidly

Did you know that the water for the pasta will boil faster if you put on the lid?

Leftovers in the microwave

If you want to reheat leftover pasta in the microwave, the Chef recommends reheating one serving at a time so that the heat is evenly distributed.

Overcooked pasta

Nobody likes soft noodles. To avoid this, the pasta should not be left in the water after reaching al dente. Also, do not add uncooked pasta to the water before it boils to a rolling boil and make sure that the water continues to boil steadily throughout cooking.

Reheating pasta

Another way to warm pasta already mixed with sauce is to place them in an oiled pan on a low to medium heat. During cooking, if the sauce becomes too thick or the pasta too dry, simply add a little water or sauce.

Mixing everything

Here's a tip for combining pasta and sauce in style! While the pasta in boiling water, heat the sauce in a large skillet. When the pasta is almost cooked, drain them and add them to the hot sauce and stir over high heat until pasta is cooked

Pasta that's always fresh

Fresh pasta cooks faster. Monitor them well and taste them frequently until you get the desired consistency.

Do not let them stick

Prevent the pasta from sticking together! Boil in a sufficient amount of water and stir them immediately after plunging them into the pot.

Plan ahead

Since fresh pasta cooks and cools faster, make sure you have prepared the rest of the meal in advance.

Overflowing and spilling

Here's an amazing fact. A wooden spoon placed sideways in the pot will prevent the water and pasta from overflowing!

Cooking pasta

  1. Never add oil to the cooking water.
  2. Add about 1 tablespoon of salt per liter of water.
  3. Never rinse pasta, not in cold water nor hot water.
  4. Remove the pasta when cooked three quarters (very al dente, very crunchy to the bite).
  5. Always keep the pasta's cooking water apart
  6. Add one or two ladles of cooking water to the sauce before adding the pasta. It's the sauce that will finish cooking the pasta.

Cooking pasta in the oven

  1. Preheat oven to 400 ° F (205 ° C).
  2. Add 125 mL of water and 400 mL of marinara or napoletana sauce.
  3. Coat the bottom of a baking dish with half the sauce.
  4. Align 10 manicotti or cannelloni frozen on the sauce.
  5. Pour the remaining sauce.
  6. Sprinkle with mozzarella or parmesan.
  7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes.