The dish may seem easy to prepare but it needs some prowess to get an almost perfect finish. In order to get good results, you must ensure that you use the correct amount of ingredients.
Overcooking or under cooking pasta is a common issue that most people face. The simple cooking instructions on the pasta package are to be followed for a well superb meal. Make sure you use twice the amount of water, for every measuring of pasta; the ratio is 2:1 which refers to two for water and one for pasta. The water boiling the pasta should contain sufficient salt to add flavour and to allow the pasta to cook evenly.
There is a various way of preparing pasta. Here is one simple recipe that anyone can follow:
- Put water in a pot over high heat.
- Measure a sufficient amount of salt and put it in the water.
- Pour the pasta into the boiling water.
- When the water completely boils remove the lid and keep it off until the pasta cooks.
- Stir the pasta continuously as it cooks. Use wide toothed tongs to ensure that the pasta doesn’t stick on the pan or to each other before it is completely ready.
- Taste the pasta and ensure it is ready before you remove as It should be firm to bite, If it is sticky, it is probably overcooked. That makes it stick to each other and it becomes like chewing gum.
- Remove the pasta from the heat and drain water when ready. You can rinse with cold water in a bid to prevent it from sticking to each other or just drain the pasta in a colander but don’t drain the water completely as it helps the pasta remain moist.
After cooking you can serve the pasta on a plate and pour your favourite sauce or you can also add various toppings such as cheese, sprinkle sparsely or any other favourite garnish.
- There are two types of pasta namely dry ones and fresh ones which are made of wheat. The dry ones cook faster than the fresh ones because of their coat or seal. For best results allow the fresh pasta to sit on a lightly floured surface for up to 15 minutes before you start cooking them.
- However, if you want to dry them for storage then place them on a single layer on a floured surface or baking sheet for up to 24 hours while turning them consistently. Dry pasta stays for up to two years beyond their sell-by date.
- Fresh pasta stays for up to four or five days depending on the conditions of storage and how it was prepared. Dried pasta should also be stored in a cool dry place to make sure it stays for long. However, you can store the pasta in an airtight container once you’ve opened them to extend their shelf life.