Learn how to make pasta al dente – perfectly cooked pasta every time! This guide will teach you everything you need to know in order to become a pasta pro!
When it comes to pasta, there’s nothing quite like the perfectly cooked al dente texture. The key to pasta al dente is cooking it just the right amount of time.
The term comes from the Italian word “al dente” which means “to the tooth.” This refers to the ideal texture where the pasta should be firm and slightly resistant when you bite into it.
Choose pasta and prepare your pot with boiling water.
The cooking time is crucial and will depend on the type of pasta you’re using. Fresh pasta will cook faster than dried pasta
– Spaghetti, Linguine, Fettuccine: 8-10 minutes – Penne, Ziti, Rigatoni: 11-13 minutes – Farfalle, Bowtie, Rotini: 10-12 minutes – Shells: 12-14 minutes – Gnocchi: 3-5 minutes
Once your pasta is cooked, drain it and rinse it with cold water to stop the cooking process. This also prevents the pasta from becoming too soft and stick
Another tip is to save some of the pasta water before draining it. The starchy water can be added to your sauce to help it adhere better to the pasta.
With these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to achieve the perfect pasta every time. So, grab your apron and get cooking!