How to Cook Pasta
Top Tips on How to Cook Perfect Pasta
- Use durum wheat semolina pasta: Avoid the really cheap stuff as this will become sticky & soggy during cooking.
- Use a large pan with lots of water: This ensures the pasta has lots of space to move around and expand. This is very important.
- Add some salt and a splash of olive oil: This adds both flavour and prevents the pasta from sticking together.
- Get the water boiling well before adding the pasta: This ensures the pasta cooks evenly and prevents overcooking to that 'soggy' state.
- Stir every couple of minutes: To stop the pasta sticking together and to the bottom of the pan.
- Aim for 'al dente’: Translated, this means ‘to the teeth’, so just cooked. Follow the instructions on the packet but generally white pasta will take 10 – 12 minutes but whole-wheat or brown pasta will take longer. When ready it will be soft but still have some bite. The way to test it is to eat it.
- Serve immediately on warmed plates: There's no need to rinse pasta if serving hot, but rinse with cold water if you're using it in a cold pasta salad. Don't leave the pasta in the cooking water as it will overcook and go soggy.
Easy Budget Recipes for Pasta
Pasta is very versatile but here's a few easy pasta recipes for emergencies which use mostly store cupboard ingredients. These recipes will take you just 15 minutes to make! All these easy recipes are on the website - just follow the links.
- 80p & 592 calories per serving
- 92p & 579 calories per serving
- £1.56 & 716 calories per serving
- 90p & 560 calories per serving