I'm just going to come out and say it: pasta is the best! Sure, fruits and veggies are great, but pasta is king. Just about everyone thinks they know how to make pasta - it's as easy as boiling water!
In fact, making a quick pasta meal is so easy that you may think there aren't really many ways to make it even better than it already is. You'd be wrong, however.
Yes, there's actually a right and wrong way to cook pasta. Yes, we all know about boiling the water and putting in some salt and then cooking until the desired doneness. But if we're being honest, no matter how much butter or cheese we plop onto our pasta, it still never tastes as good as it does from our favorite Italian spit down the road.
Guess what, though? There are only a few simple differences between pasta at the restaurant and the pasta you make at home. Here's what you need to know.
How To Make Perfect Pasta
Undercook your pasta by about two minutes. While that doesn't seem like much of a difference, when you consider that pasta is cooked for eight minutes on average, it's actually considerable.
Cutting the time short ensures that the pasta maintains its chewiness without getting overcooked.
Next, finish cooking the noodles in the sauce, which you've been simmering in a skillet on a separate burner. As the pasta is slightly undercooked and not fully rehydrated yet, allowing it to finish cooking in the sauce lets it not only reach the perfect level of doneness (without overcooking). It also allows the pasta to absorb the sauce. That means every bite of pasta is infused with the flavor of your favorite sauce!
By the way, the sauce you use doesn't have to be the traditional red sauce. Any sauce, from creamy Alfredo to olive oil, can be applied with this technique.
That's it! Just two simple steps to get your pasta from mediocre to chef-quality in no time! Your friends and family will wonder what you did to make your pasta taste so good!
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