There’s so much to love about pasta! It goes with just about anything. It’s inexpensive. It’s a kid favorite. And it’s incredibly quick and easy to cook without the need for a bathtub of water despite what most pasta package cooking directions will suggest. Here are a few quick tips. You can get complete step-by-step picture book directions showing how to cook any shape of pasta by clicking this link.
1.The recipe you can get by clicking this link shows how to cook pasta to “al dente” doneness, an Italian term meaning “to the teeth” or pasta that is still slightly firm when chewed, not soft and mushy.
2. As mentioned above, cooking directions on pasta packages usually call for using big pot filled with water to cook the pasta, but that’s not necessary. Heating a huge pot of water takes a lot of time and energy. All you really need is a medium sized (3-4 quart) pot filled 2/3 - 3/4 full with water to cook 1 pound of pasta.
3. Serving Size: The USDA recommended serving size for pasta is 1 ounce of dry pasta per person. 1 ounce of dry pasta yields 1/2 -3/4 cup cooked pasta depending on the shape of that pasta (spaghetti, linguine, bow tie, etc.). As a rule of thumb, I’d plan 1 ounce of dry pasta per person as a side dish or 2 ounces of dry pasta as a main dish.
Cooking Time: 10-20 minutes, including time to bring water to a boil, depending on pasta type
Needed (for 2-4)
- 1/2 Pound of Pasta
- 1/2 - 1 Teaspoon Salt (optional - adds flavor to pasta)
- Medium (3-4 quart) Pot
- Big Spoon
- Colander or Strainer
Next post (real soon, I promise): Pasta with Lighter Alfredo Sauce