Common myths on how to cook pasta
For some reason, there are lots of myths on the best way to cook pasta. Here are a few of the more common ones:
Myth 1: You should add oil to the pasta whilst cooking to prevent it from sticking
This is not the best way to cook pasta – it really doesn’t work! It won’t prevent your pasta from clumping together, as most of the oil forms on the surface of the water. As a result, any oil residue left on the pasta will prevent the delicious sauce from clinging to it. Furthermore, most of the oil will go down the drain and you will just end up with a tricky, slippery mess!
A famous Italian chef actually commented that anyone who adds oil to the water should be “ashamed of themselves” and it is a “waste of good oil”!
Tip: Try making spaghetti without the oil next time and see how much easier it is to eat with the sauce.
Myth 2: You should rinse the cooked pasta in water after cooking
Most Italians will tell you not to do this. For some reason, we feel the need to wash away any starchy residue. In this case, starch is your friend – we even recommend saving some of the starchy cooking water to add to the finished product. This will enable the sauce to cling even more to the pasta, in addition to enhancing the flavour.
Myth 3: Pasta should be boiled uncovered
There seems to be some confusion as to whether pasta should be covered or uncovered whilst cooking. It actually doesn’t matter. The only issue you might have while cooking with a lid on is the water boiling over and making a mess on your hob! Keeping the lid on or off will not affect the pasta in any way.
So, how DO you cook amazing pasta? All will be revealed in our next post…….