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Friday, February 1, 2013

Cooking Pasta

The average American consumes 20 lbs. of pasta annually. This makes it the 6th highest food per capita in the country.
That is a lot of pasta!! But, why not?  It tastes good, it is versatile and it is an easy fix. 

According to Muellers, the way to perfectly cooked pasta is by following the tips below.

Cook the pasta just before serving. Cook just until "al dente," or firm to the tooth.
Drain immediately. Pasta will continue to cook if left in hot water.

If pasta must be held before serving, cool it quickly by rinsing with cold water, drain and then toss the pasta with a little oil or butter to keep it from sticking. Reheat in the microwave or by pouring boiling water over the pasta.

Pasta will absorb the sauce if left standing for even a short period of time.  It is recommended to add or toss with the sauce just before serving.

When cooking pasta for a casserole or other baked dishes, cook it about two minutes less than the minimum cook-time recommended on the package.

When adding pasta to soup, cook it separately, stirring it in just before serving. (Note: pasta will continue to cook if left standing in hot soup.)
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  1. We eat loads of pasta in this house. its so quick easy and versatile after a long day at work. That's what you need.

  2. We would eat more of it if my husband liked cheese. I love macaroni and cheese but I don't trust myself to make it in a one serving size.