How to Cook Pasta?
Pasta is a staple food of Italian cuisine and is made from wheat flour and water. We all use it daily to make different types of dishes, from lasagne to spaghetti bolognese. Cooking pasta is a lot easier than we think, and here's how:
1. Boil the kettle.
2. Add the pasta/spaghetti into a saucepan followed by the boiling water.
3. Add a sprinkle of salt.
4. Place this on medium heat for 10-12 minutes.
Why we use boiling water?
Well, that's to make the process much quicker, if we add tap water to the saucepan followed by the pasta on medium heat, then the water will need to get to a certain temperature before the pasta can even begin to cook.
Why do we add salt to the water?
Salt increases the boiling point of water, which in turn makes the water a much higher temperature resulting in your pasta being cooked much better.
What does 'Al dente' mean?
'Al dente' is a commonly used word when cooking pasta this means that the pasta is still firm when you bite into it. Different people have different taste buds and prefer their pasta to be a little harder in texture or softer. This is where you have to experiment, cook the pasta for 8-9 minutes and try a piece if it is at a texture level you like, then stop cooking and drain. However, if the pasta is still a little hard then cook it for a few more minutes.