Tips for Becoming a Pasta Pro
With such high demand for all types of pasta in Singapore, it helps to understand exactly how to get the perfect consistency. There are a lot of factors that affect the way pasta turns out, most of them being the way it is boiled. These tips will be your guide to cooking the perfect noodle every time.
– When cooking fresh pasta, make sure to keep an eye on it and check frequently for doneness; Pasta can cook very quickly, and you want to make sure it doesn’t end up overcooked.
– Adding salt and oil to the water before boiling the pasta can help prevent it from sticking together, help it firm, and bring out all the flavours in the pasta.
– Covering the pot with a lid can help bring the water to a boil. However, you should not cover the pot while the pasta is cooking.
– Placing a wooden spoon across the top of the pot can help prevent the water from boiling over.
– Be sure to cook pasta as close as possible to the time you’ll be serving it. Pasta cools down very quickly, and no one wants a cold noodle.
– To keep pasta from ending up mushy, avoid letting the pasta be in the water longer than necessary. Add the pasta to the water once it’s already reached a full boil, and keep it at a steady roll throughout the cooking process.
– If the pasta seems dried out when adding sauce, add a couple of tablespoons of the pasta’s cooking water. Since the noodles have already cooked in the water, it will help to moisten them, and the starch left in the water will help to further bring out the flavours.
– If you’re making homemade pasta, make sure you have everything that you will need to prepare the pasta once it’s ready. Be sure you’ve got the colander in the sink, the sauce prepared, and bowls or plates set aside ready to be filled. Fresh and homemade pastas cook very fast, and having everything prepared ahead of time will be your key to serving warm pasta.
– When combining different types of pasta, make sure you’ve picked sizes and/or shapes that are similar, that way they will take the same amount of time to finish cooking.
– If pasta is being cooked in the oven after boiling, such as in baked macaroni dishes, only boil the pasta until halfway done. Otherwise it will overcook while baking.
– When testing for doneness, make sure pasta is “al dente,” meaning firm to the bite. It should be just soft enough to cut with a fork.
So, with the many dishes that include pasta in Singapore, this list will be of great use when making your next meal. Whether you buy pasta at your local grocer’s, make it at home, or purchase it during online shopping, these tips will help you cook pasta like never before.