Everyone loves pasta, one of the most popular Italian food, and cooking it is really simple but…are you sure to know perfectly all the basic steps? Don’t worry, we’re here to explain you how to cook pasta.
1- Put a large pot of water on the stovetop and make the water boil: to prevent it from sticking use at least a liter of water for every 100 gr of pasta
2 – When the water boils add the coarse sea salt into the water -which is used to give more flavor to the pasta-, and let it dissolve. Do not add any oil into the water because it’s not necessary
3 – Wait for water to boil again and then add the pasta into the pot. Never break the spaghetti or other types of long pasta, simply wait 30 seconds and they will soften in the water
4 – Mix the pasta while it cooks to avoid sticking with a wooden spoon
5 – The cooking time depends on the type and the format of pasta. Find the cooking time indicated on the package but always taste the pasta to check its cooking. In Italy pasta is eaten “al dente”, which means cooking the spaghetti until they are tender and chevy. Fresh pasta and gnocchi cook in only two-three minutes. Stuffed pasta like tortellini, ravioli, agnolotti or cappelletti rises to the surface when it’s ready
6 – When cooked drain the pasta with a colander and set aside a ladle of cooking water that could be used to lengthen the sauce
7 – Season generously with the chosen sauce (here our tomato sauce recipe) typical Italian condiments for pasta are pesto, ragù, amatriciana, norma, cacio e pepe, puttanesca, aglio e olio and meatballs. And this is how to cook pasta the real Italian way. Enjoy your meal!