Still a bit firmChewyTo the toothTough on the tongueUndercooked
To the tooth
"Al dente" means "to the tooth" when translated literally from Italian.
Farfalle means butterfly in Italian. Though Americans often call them bow-ties because of their shape, they also resemble butterflies, hence the Italian name.
Semolina is a coarsely ground flour made of durum wheat that is often used to make pasta.
Rinsing pasta washes off the starches that have formed on the surface of the pasta. These starches are essential for having sauces stick to the pasta.
There are around 600 unique pasta shapes worldwide.
Plain waterSalted waterSalted water with olive oilWater with all the spices you wantSalted water with vegetable oil
The salt adds flavor to pasta. Oil does not have any positive effects on boiling pasta - if you want oil on your pasta, put it on after! And spices in the water? Don't be ridiculous.
When they float to the topWhen they sink to the bottomAfter letting them boil for ten minutesWhen the first one bursts open
When they float to the top
Ravioli float when they are cooked because the steam that gets trapped inside them brings them to the surface of the water.
This pasta is named for its shell-like appearance (it looks like a conch shell).
Noodles are only the long, thin onesThere is no differenceNoodles are never driedNoodles must contain eggNoodles are only served in Asian dishes
Noodles must contain egg
According to the National Pasta Association, noodles must contain at least 5.5% egg.
By putting all the ingredients in a bowl and stirringBy making the flour into a volcano shape with the eggs in the middleBy sifting the flour into a bowl and adding the eggs one at a timeBy boiling all the ingredients together
By making the flour into a volcano shape with the eggs in the middle
This is the most traditional way to make pasta - it allows you to add just the right amount of flour.
Squid InkBrining it in charcoal waterYeah, right. That's licoriceBlack bean flourFood coloring
This pasta is made with squid ink - that's how it gets its amazing dark color.
Thick, heavy saucesCream-based saucesLight, thin saucesChunky, hearty saucesMeat sauces
Light, thin sauces
Because of how delicate they are, thin pastas pair best with light sauces.
Olives, capers, anchovies, and garlicMushrooms, eggplant, and artichoke heartsGround beef, red pepper flakes, and red bell peppersChicken, red wine, and red onion
Olives, capers, anchovies, and garlic
Puttanesca is a salty, briney dish with a lot of tang - these ingredients give the sauce its unmistakable flavor.
All throwing pasta at the wall does is tell you if the pasta is sticky, not if it is done. Sometimes the outside of pasta can become soft before the inside, so under cooked pasta could stick to the wall. On the other hand, overcooked pasta is often sticky and gummy, so it can stick to the wall as well.
Baked in a cheese sauceWith a dense tomato sauceIn soupTossed into lasagna for extra pasta flavorAs pasta salad
This tiny pasta is traditionally served in soup, like Italian Wedding Soup.
Pasta is a complex carbohydrate! It also has a lot of health benefits, including containing a good amount of protein, amino acids, and fiber. Additionally, it is low in sodium and fat, and is cholesterol-free. When paired with healthy meats and vegetables, pasta can fit perfectly into a balanced diet.
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