Questions about the make, manufacture, preparation, and cooking of all types of pasta, including traditional durum wheat, whole wheat, and gluten-free.

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Can you freeze egg noodle pasta?

I recently made fresh egg noodle pasta. I made too much! Can I freeze it? I have tried freezing other kinds of pasta but am skeptical of freezing egg noodle pasta. What should I do?
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Why do different pasta shapes taste different?

I've noticed that even when I buy two different pasta shapes of the same brand (and so presumably the exact same recipe), they still taste subtly different, to the point that I consistently prefer the ...
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What causes a tomato sauce to have a bitterness and getting rid of it?

My tomato sauce is coming out great, lots of flavor, especially after I was able to reduce it following the tips here However, it is still slightly bitter. What causes a tomato sauce to have a (in ...
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Can anybody help make homemade pasta foolproof?

I can't even count the number of times that I have followed recipes for pasta using a food processor, only to discover that no matter the care I took with the measurements, my dough was just a bit too ...
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Why is my macaroni salad absorbing all the liquid?

I like to prepare my macaroni salad and refrigerate overnight. The next day I find that my salad is dry, because the salad dressing has absorbed into the macaroni. What causes the salad dressing to ...
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What can I substitute for butter in Alfredo sauce?

While I was cooking a very simple Alfredo sauce today for my lunch, I had already started my sauce before I realized I was out of butter. If this happens again to me in the future, what is a good ...
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In a tomato sauce recipe, how can I cut the acidity?

It seems that every time I make a tomato sauce for pasta, the sauce is a little bit too acid for my taste. I've tried using sugar or sodium bicarbonate, but I'm not satisfied with the results.
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What are the advantages of homemade pasta over store-bought?

I am thinking about getting a pasta maker. Of course it takes more time to make your own pasta but it seems like it would be fun and nutritious. What are the real advantages to making your own pasta ...
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How can I keep pasta from sticking to itself?

Whenever I boil pasta (specifically spaghetti), it always sticks to itself before I'm ready to use it. What can I do to avoid this without it becoming mushy (which happens if I keep it in the water)? ...
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How to avoid cooked pasta soaking up sauce when stored?

I often make up a box of pasta (dried) with some sauce that I make from leftover ingredients for work the next day. The sauce is always either tomato or cream cheese based. By lunch the next day, the ...
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How to prevent Italian style rice pasta from sticking to the pot?

Every time I cook Italian style rice pasta the whole pot becomes "starchy" and some of the pasta always gets stuck to the pot. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?
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How to cook spaetzle (German homemade noodles/pasta) without it ending up soggy?

I've made spaetzle a few times now but every time I struggle with it ending up a bit wet/soggy, I try to drain it the best I can but it holds a lot of water still. I do sometimes end up cooking it ...
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Is cheese or pasta a good source of protein?

I am eating "Wheels & Cheese": As you can see, there's literally nothing but cheese and pasta here. The nutrition facts on the back says that there's 11g of protein in it. I've never heard of ...
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Is great gluten-free extruded pasta possible?

I'm gluten intolerant and tempted to have a go at producing my own pasta. Does it make sense to use an extruder attachment for a kitchen machine to produce e.g. rigatoni or fusilli, or will this never ...
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Can I make pasta with atta flour?

I have purchased a bag of atta flour and am wanting to make pasta - is this flour suitable? And is atta a self raising flour or plain flour?
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Can I cook pasta without heating it up… ever?

More of a survival question than anything. I have a bag of dried pasta, a plastic container, a can of tomato sauce, and some salt, and I find myself out in the wilderness with no heat to speak of. ...
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How to package fresh pasta and fresh pasta sauce

I want to start selling my pasta sauce and fresh pastas (gnocchi and tortellini) in refrigerated compartments of departmental stores. Does any one know how stores package their sauces and fresh ...
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How firm a bite should Ptitim (pearl couscous) have?

I've made Ptitim for my family a couple of times without any prior experience of how it should taste. After about 25 mins of simmering, the pearls remained quite firm (a little like pasta that needs a ...
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What is size 2 pasta?

I have a recipe requesting pasta #2 as an ingredient. What is pasta #2? I searched in several places but found nothing useful.
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Looking for a specific type of pasta to go with pesto

I was half-listening to a cooking show on TV the other day and heard that pesto sauce should be served with a type of pasta that's made just for pesto. The pasta itself has some potato in it (or was ...
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Cooking pasta in the microwave

I have a microwave "pot" that I use for steaming vegetables. The instructions say it can also be used for cooking pasta, which seems sacrilege to me. Does anybody know if the result would be a good al ...
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Penne Pasta in bulk

Can you give portion advice for cooking the dry penne pasta for 200? We want to mix the pasta with a meat spaghetti sauce. Is there a general rule for pounds of pasta per 100 servings?
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How long will spaghetti and meat sauce last in the refrigerator? [duplicate]

Today, I accidentally forgot that I had brought my lunch in - leftover spaghetti noodles and a meat sauce (sauce from a jar, meat cooked fresh and added to the sauce) that we had last night. They are ...
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Do you need eggs for extruded pasta dough?

I'm wanting to make pasta using my KitchenAid pasta press. Many recipes I see use eggs, but some use only water. I'm thinking using so many eggs would get expensive if I do this regularly, so I'm ...
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When cooking pasta in salted water how much of the salt is absorbed?

Most chefs recommend that you should add quite a bit of salt to boiling water which you cook pasta in (sometimes 1 teaspoon). For those watching their sodium intake, how much of this salt will ...
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What other Italian cheese(s) could be substituted for parmesan in most recipes? [duplicate]

I seem to be unable to tolerate Parmesan cheese (not the processed "parmesan-flavored" cheese, but the real Italian Parmesan) - as a topping it makes me gag, and if included in a recipe either ...
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How can I store wonton wrappers in the freezer?

I have found that authentic frozen egg roll wrappers from an Asian food store work well for canneloni and ravioli. Just thaw, fill, and roll. You can cut them to any desired length. Also, frozen ...
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What are some good reasons for why people make homemade pasta?

What are some good reasons for people to make their own pasta? Does it make it cheaper? Does it taste any better?
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Why does my colander feel slimy after I use it to drain pasta?

I'd imagine the "slimy" feeling is due to all the starch passing over and through it. But how come it's so hard to clean? Even with repeated scrubbing the slickness can stubbornly remain.
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Mixing mozzarella without clumping

Whenever I use mozarella in a pasta dish, and attempt to mix it in like you would cheddar or anything else, I end up with one giant clump of mozzarella. Ex) I cook some pasta, and add the cheese/milk ...
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Transporting partially finished ravioli

In a couple of weeks I am catering a private dinner for a work relation. I will be prepping everything in my home kitchen and finishing off in their kitchen, meaning I want to get every dish as close ...
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Using white wine in the cooking

Once I was in an italian restaurant where you could see the chefs cooking. My friend ordered a a pasta whose sauce was made of vegetables red meat and white wine. As far as I could remember he cooked ...
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What causes pasta dough to be holey after running through a machine multiple times?

I've tried making pasta several times now, and every time it turns holey after I run the dough through a standard crank machine: Ingredients I use: 200 grams all purpose flour 2 jumbo brown eggs ...
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gluten free gnocchi tasting too much like potato

I made my first batch of gnocchi this weekend and after quite a bit of work, I got gnocchi that didn't taste great. The consistency was ok; they did not disintegrate when I boiled them for a couple ...
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How do I avoid gummy, unworkable pasta dough?

I've tried several times to make egg pasta from scratch. No matter how much flour I add or how much I knead, the result is the same: the dough is too sticky to pass through a pasta roller or even to ...
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How long does cooked pasta last in the fridge?

I sometimes cook more pasta than I intend to eat or use at once and store the rest in a container in the fridge (just plain, cooked pasta). How long would it store safely for?
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Using homemade pasta instead of dried in a bake

I'd like to use fresh homemade pasta tonight in place of bagged egg noodles. My question is, should I prep the noodles in boiling water in anyway, or should I skip that step and add the freshly made ...
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can you cool manicotti noodles off completly before stuffing

Can I cool off the manicotti noodles completely before stuffing them?
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Hand made pasta with wholemeal flour

I made some pasta using wholemeal flour instead of white flour. My ratio was one egg to 100 grams of flour. However, I noticed the following things when making it. It took a good half hour (and ...
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Why are there holes in pasta dough when it is cold

I made some pasta dough this morning and put it in the fridge. When I ran the first batches thru the roller there were some holes in the pasta after it came out of the roller. But for later batches, ...
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What kind of herbs are common in Italian dishes?

Yesterday I tried to follow a pasta recipe that called for tarragon. Since I didn't have this herb, I sustituted basil. For convenience, I may try to plant those commonly needed herbs myself so I ...
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Why is the texture of the pasta in a store-bought pasta salad different to the texture of pasta I've cooked at home?

So I've bought a store-made pasta salad and I've tried to recreate it at home. It consists of Penne and a tomato dressing, fairly simple, however no matter how hard I try I can't emulate the exact ...
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How to prevent Orecchiette from sticking to each other while cooking? How to separate in water?

This shape of pasta easily nests inside each other. A lot of times if you just pour it directly from the bag/box into boiling water, you will get stacks of them together. Once they are cooking this ...
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How should I store bolognese sauce prep?

I want to make a huge batch of bolognese ragu sauce, and would like to do some of the prep the night before. I'm going to finely chop these ingredients: Beef Pork shoulder Carrots Celery Onions ...
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Truly long spaghetti

Something I recall from my childhood, but which I last recall seeing about 45 years ago, is long boxes (about 2 feet long, 5" x 5" in square cross section) of spaghetti pasta with very long noodles ...
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Key ingredients for classic Sauce Bolognese (Ragù Bolognese)?

What are the ingredients, both main and optional, for a classic Rag├╣ Bolognese? I tried getting an answer to this question. First I looked around this site. I found one question about a "secret ...
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Can I use ocean water to cook my pasta?

It is said, that the water you use to cook pasta should be as salty as ocean water. So can I simply use ocean water to cook my pasta without adding salt to it?
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Is my ragu missing an ingredient?

I'm following a recipe for a pork rib ragu that calls for one onion, 2 carrots and one stick of celery along with 500ml of stock. It suggests that I let this simmer for 2-3 hours. When I return to ...
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How do I heat up rice and pasta at work?

I want to heat up rice or pasta at work so I can have a hot meal with rice and chicken or pasta and chicken. There is a microwave there - can I use that?