How to Cook Pasta
The following tips on how to cook pasta are common to all the pasta-based recipes given inthis book. Instead of putting them with the individual recipes, they are summarized here.If alternate directions are needed, they will be provided with the speciﬁc recipe.
HOW TO PREPARE PASTA:
Let water come to a boil (make sure there is enough water so most of the starch will comeout of the pasta).Add pasta and cook until tender (add some olive oil to help prevent sticking and salt foradded ﬂavor).After the pasta is cooked, add 2 pans of ice to the pot and turn off the heat (this will slowdown the cooking process &help cool off the pasta).After ice has mostly melted, drain all the water from pot (CAUTION:WATER WILL BE HOT!)Transfer drained pasta to big serving pans.Pour some olive oil on the pasta and mix well so it won’t stick (about 2 cups/serving pan).Keep covered with foil until ready to serve.
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