We understand how much our guests enjoy pasta, in fact we know how much you all love it, and so to ensure we score 10/10 every time you dine with us we follow these strict instructions which will guarantee our pasta is cooked al dente!
When it comes to cooking pasta a few questions often arise, with people questioning how should the pasta be cooked? Should we add salt? How much salt should be added? How long should it be cooked for? We’ve given a quick step by step to ensure you perfect your pasta at home every single time.
1) Don’t be shy with the water.Unlike rice, pasta needs to boil in a large amount of water. Be sure to cover the pasta and more to ensure that every single piece is covered. This will prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan and getting stuck to each other in one congealed piece.
2) Make sure the water is boiling. This part is really important. When cooking pasta, do not add the ingredient to cold water and leave to cook. Pasta will not cook properly if you add it to the pan when the water is not fully boiling. Once you see bubbles forming, that is your time to add your pasta to the pan, place the lid back on to keep the heat in.
3) Whatever you do, try not to break the pasta. Please, do not break spaghetti or any other pasta. Depending on the size of the pan, spaghetti can stick out at the beginning when you put them into the water; after a few seconds they will become softer and begin slipping into the pot.
4) Add just enough salt, but not too much. Italians use a lot of salt. It’s surprising that our country is classed as one of the healthiest in the world considering the amount of seasoning that goes into our dishes, however when it comes to pasta we simply season the water to add taste. Add a handful of rock salt to the water and you’ll find that only a small amount will actually soak into the pasta. The best way to check how salty you want the pasta to be, is to taste the water. If the water is too salty, then the pasta will be the same.
5) Cook it Al dente. Pasta is best served al dente, and all this means is that you avoid the mushy stage pasta gets to when it’s overcooked. A couple of minutes before you think the pasta should be ready, try tasting one strand to check it’s not mushy or undercooked. You need the pasta to be firm to the bite and then you have your perfect pasta texture.
6) No rinsing. Rinsing the pasta after cooking it is a bad move – although it’s something that a lot of people do. Rinsing is very different to straining (which must be done at this stage), if you rinse the pasta, you wash away the starch and salt. Only rinse pasta if you are creating a pasta salad.
7) Let it rest. Let the pasta rest for 1-2 minutes before serving into a bowl, if you’re adding sauce, this allows the sauce to soak into the pasta and enhance the flavours.
8) Serve it. The easy part! Simply add to a plate, with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of parmesan and there you have it – pasta cooked al dente and tasting super delicious!
If you don’t fancy cooking your own pasta today, don’t worry, pop along to our restaurant on Brook Street and we’ll prepare you some of our very own fresh pasta cooked just the way you like it!