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Perfect pasta – rules not to be forgotten

Tetiana KoziukLS Food
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Pasta is definitely one of the favorite dishes in all parts of the world. At first glance, it may seem that it is absolutely simple and straightforward to prepare. However, not every housewife can cook pasta properly.

The FoodOboz editorial team will share the basic rules that you shouldn't forget when cooking pasta.

The history of pasta origin

Scientists say that pasta was created by the Chinese, and the famous traveler and merchant Marco Polo brought it to Italy during his expedition. However, the Italians themselves are ready to argue with this statement and cite contrary facts that indicate that pasta-like dishes were prepared before the traveler was born.

Pasta for pasta

Documents say that the first mention of Italian pasta dates back to the Roman era. It was then that the Romans began to prepare the dough and cooked it in salt water, having previously cut it into strips. A little later, they began to dry it, which significantly extended the shelf life of pasta.

Basic rules for cooking pasta

  1. The right flour. When making pasta, Italians use only durum wheat flour. However, for those who like their pasta hard, it is recommended to mix wheat flour with durum flour in proportions of 30% and 70%.
  2. More water, please. Most people use a very small saucepan to make pasta or do not put enough water in. The proportion should be 1 liter of water per 100 g of pasta.
  3. Time. The cooking time depends on the type of pasta, but there are general rules. Freshly prepared pasta should be boiled for about 20-30 seconds, dry pasta – 3 minutes.
  4. A little olive oil won't hurt. It is worth adding just 1 tbsp during the cooking process so that the pasta does not stick together.
  5. Properly cooked pasta retains its internal elasticity and seems slightly undercooked, i.e., al dente. The pasta should be tender, dense, and not overcooked; the inside should be slightly lighter than the outside.
  6. At the end of cooking, drain the water in a colander so that the pasta is not overcooked. And immediately put it in a saucepan with hot sauce (the sauce should be ready by this time). Keep the dish for another 1-2 minutes over medium heat. This way, the pasta will fully absorb the taste and flavor of the sauce.
  7. It is best to put the cooked pasta on hot plates to maintain the taste of the dish.
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