When you want to prepare a pasta dish – one of the healthiest and most filling meals ever – you need to follow certain steps to make your pasta a really good meal, instead of something you cook because it doesn’t take much time and effort. However, people make some mistakes when cooking pasta that can ruin this wonderful dish. Here are some of them:
1- Using a small pot for cooking pasta. The whole process of cooking pasta depends on letting it release its starch in a sufficient amount of water. Using a small pot prevents that, which makes the pasta cooked unevenly. The ratio of water to pasta should be 1:5.
2- Adding salt to the pasta sauce, not the boiling water. What makes pasta so hard to salt and season for some people is that they add the salt only to the sauce, not the water for boiling the pasta. Salting the boiling water for the pasta gives it a balanced taste.
3- Adding oil to the pasta while boiling it. I get why people do that. They don’t want the pasta to stick together. However, this will also prevent the sauce from sticking to the pasta.
4- Following the instructions on the pasta package to the tee. You don’t have to stick to the cooking instruction and cook pasta only for 10 minutes or whatever these instructions say. Cook the pasta until you like its texture. More if you like it soft, less if you like it chewy.
5- Rinsing the pasta after boiling it. People don’t want the pasta to stick together so they rinse it with cold water after boiling it. This will prevent the sauce from sticking to pasta well. If you don’t want the pasta to stick together, add the sauce immediately after draining it from the water and mix it well with the pasta.