Pasta is the mainstay of many households around the world. Cheap and easy to make, pasta can fill a stomach with little effort or cost. One of the best things about pasta is the versatility of it.
Add almost any type of sauce, from tomato to cream based, and add almost any vegetable, fish or other tasty addition to create a masterpiece meal. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that they are cooking their pasta the wrong way.
The truth of the matter is that well made pasta will provide a flavor of its own, making any pasta dish taste richer and fuller.
This article will present several tips on how to get the most from your pasta dish each and every time.
Tip 1-Cook the pasta in the sauce
No more pots of boiling water. No more straining pasta. Just cook the noodles in the sauce. It really is that simple. One of the problems with boiled pasta is that it loses most of its flavor. This makes sense when you think about it. No one ever recommends boiling vegetables or meat in order to improve the flavor.
Boiling is a well known enemy to flavor. Thus, boiling pasta takes away the rich, earthy flavor of the pasta itself. Next time you cook spaghetti, place the noodles in the sauce and cook the whole thing together. This will also allow the pasta to absorb the flavor of the sauce. Now, instead of bland noodles covered in sauce you have tasty noodles cooked in sauce. You’re welcome.
Tip 2-Use lighter sauces
One of the advantages of cooking pasta straight in the sauce is that the pasta retains its flavor. As a result, you don’t have to use heavy sauces to hide the bland flavor of boiled pasta. Now you are free to explore lighter sauces that enhance the flavor of pasta rather than hiding it. Lemon sauces are a prime example of this. Adding a light layer of squeezed lemon juice and oil will give your pasta a light, fresh topping that can be finished off with fresh seasonal herbs. This will make the meal taste and feel lighter, avoiding that bloated feeling after eating heavy pasta sauces.
Tip 3-Use fresh ingredients
Using fresh pasta, as well as fresh sauce ingredients, will make a huge difference to the final product. Not only will the meal taste better, but it will also be better for you. Avoiding heavy sauces, especially ones that use a lot of butter, will be better for you in every way. Freshly grated parmesan cheese will also taste ten times better than the powder that comes from a can. The better the ingredients, the better the meal.
Hopefully the tips in this article will help you to enjoy your favorite pasta dish even more. And, if you are an adventurous cook, then hopefully some of these tips will help you discover newfound meals that make you the culinary hero in your home. Buon Appetito!