How to Cook Pasta Without a Colander
How to cook pasta can be a mystery for some people. When I was younger, I never really thought about what I was putting into my food, or how it was going to come out. Sometimes when I was in a hurry, I just threw whatever I could into a pot and went to town. Sometimes I would add more ingredients that were wrong or something worse came up, and other times I did not check things and ended up in an expensive soup. I learned my lesson, and from there I decided to learn how to cook pasta the right way.
Bring the water to a boil, then add the dry pasta. Only add the dry pasta if you are making the sauce at the same time, as the mixture will tend to get too full in a pan without stirring. Add the salt to the boiling water before adding the dry pasta. Once the pasta has been added, stir to mix the ingredients, then reduce the heat and simmer for about five minutes. If the sauce is still a bit hot, you can add some water or stock to reduce the heat even further.
When the noodles are done cooking, drain them and place them in a colander or strainer, then add olive oil and mix thoroughly. Pour the liquid over the noodles and let them sit for about ten minutes. This allows the flavors to meld properly, and the oils to penetrate the noodle strands. Once they are cooked, remove them from the heat, strain the cooked pasta from the pot, and serve warm.
I find it is best to start small when learning how to cook pasta noodles.
For two people, one can use one pound of dry pasta for two cups of sauce. If you want a serving of spaghetti, then be sure to cut your noodles according to the size you are using: one cup for two people; two cups for four people. You can cut the noodles into thin pieces or long strands according to your taste.
When noodles are cooked, they should be very soft and have a slight crunch to them. Don’t overcook them, or they will not have the same taste that they did when they were raw. Test by trying to peel a piece. A few strands of spaghetti should be easily peeled without the use of a knife.
Another option for cooking spaghetti is to cook them in boiling water along with a little bit of salt and pepper. Bring them to a boil, cover, and let them simmer for eight to twelve minutes. As the noodles begin to cook, watch carefully, as they will start to loosen up a bit. Once they are all cooked, drain them and place them in a colander to dry. This should leave you with about a half cup of pasta.
A fun way to make how to cook pasta more interesting is to mix it with some fresh pasta.
Cook your favorite types of fresh pasta along with your spiralizer and then place the cooked pasta on top. When it has finished cooking, place a piece of fresh pasta on each plate. Top with your baked chicken or steak and your veggies. Now you can dig into your delicious dish!
These tips should help you get started learning how to cook pasta in a snap. As you gain experience, try different approaches until you find the method that works best for you. Using a colander is an easy way to drain pasta and keep it from sticking to your pot. Drain the liquid completely before putting it back in the pot. Most cooking pots have a colander built-in, but if yours does not, be sure to purchase one soon so you will know how to use it properly.