How to Make Spaghetti ? special recipe


 Bring Water to a Boil

Fill a large pot ($30, Bed Bath & Beyond) with plenty of cold water (use 3 quarts of water for every 4 to 8 ounces of dried spaghetti). If desired, add salt to the water for seasoning. Bring the water to a rolling boil.

special recipe: Some people add a tablespoon of olive oil or cooking oil to the water to keep it from sticking together. However, our Test Kitchen recommends not adding oil because it keeps your it sauce from adhering to the pasta. To prevent it from sticking together, make sure you use enough water, cook it at a rolling boil, and stir it occasionally during cooking.

Add the Spaghetti Noodles

How to Make Spaghetti? special recipe: Once the water is boiling, add the spaghetti a little at a time so the water doesn’t stop boiling. Reduce the heat slightly so the water doesn’t boil over; boil, uncovered, until the spaghetti is al dente, using the package directions as a guide for timing.

You don’t need to break spaghetti noodles in half so they all get submerged in the boiling water at once. After just 30 seconds or so, the noodles will soften and the entire noodle will end up in the boiling water.

Cook Until Al Dente

special recipe: To bring out spaghetti’s full, nutty flavor, cook it until it has the firm slightly chewy texture known as al dente (Italian for “to the tooth”). Test near the end of cooking time by giving it a taste.

Drain and Serve

How to Make Spaghetti? special recipe: When the spaghetti is cooked al dente, drain it in a colander ($25, Target) and shake well to remove excess water that could make your sauce runny. Toss noodles with your favorite sauce (our classic spaghetti sauce recipe is a winner!)

Test Kitchen Tip: Do not rinse it because it removes the light coating of starch that helps sauces and seasonings cling. Pasta continues to cook after draining, so serve it immediately. If your drained needs to sit before using, return it to the warm cooking pan (off the heat), toss it with a little butter or olive oil to prevent sticking, and cover for up to 15 minutes. Remember, adding oil will inhibit sauce clinging to the pasta, so try to keep it minimal.

Spaghetti Shopping and Storage

special recipe: When it comes to buying dried it, the selections are numerous. Whole wheat and multigrain spaghetti offer more fiber than the traditional semolina variety. Vegetable pastas, such as spinach or beet, add colorful options. And for gluten-free meals, look for pasta varieties made from corn, rice, chickpea, or quinoa it (also try our gluten-free marinara sauce). Store dried spaghetti in the package or a covered container in a cool, dry place for up to one year.


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