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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Tomato pasta sauce splits. Why?

I use fresh tomato puree to make my pasta sauce, other things in my sauce are olive oil, garlic, some herbs and salt, i don't let it boil but during the simmering & thickening process the sauce ...
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Can I preserve fresh potato gnocchi by drying it?

I have a lot of potatoes to use, and I am making a large batch of Gnocchi. I plan to freeze much of it, but I was wondering if it's also possible to dry the fresh Gnocchi and store in a sealed ...
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How to substitute eggs in homemade pasta?

I am looking to make pasta at home, but all the classical pasta dough recipes I know of are egg-based. While I have no problem with eating meat and animal products from time to time, I would like to ...
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Does salt-seasoned pasta and starchy water in my sauce have to yield a salty sauce?

When cooking pasta, there are a couple of techniques that I like to follow--individually they yield great results, but when combined they interfere with one another to produce an inferior product. ...
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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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Is it okay to prepare “Cannelloni with Spinach” recipe and put it in fridge BEFORE baking?

I'm working on this "Cannelloni with Spinach & Ricotta": http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pasta-recipes/awesome-spinach-ricotta-cannelloni The last step is bake it for 20-25 minutes. Is it okay ...
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Romano vs Parmesan in Cacio e Pepe?

I've tried making Cacio e Pepe a few times, using a recipe from America's Test Kitchen. In Cacio e Pepe, you boil pasta in a limited amount of water, then mix some of the hot starchy water with grated ...
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What happens to pasta dough when it is run multiple times through the machine?

Before, when I made fresh pasta, the dough would become a little "brittle" and was hard to work through the thinner settings of my pasta machine. Then I saw a tip on a cooking show to put the dough ...
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Why do stuffed shells recipes include eggs?

I'm making stuffed shells, but I don't have any eggs. All the recipes I can find call for one or two eggs. What is the reason and can I get away without eggs?
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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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How to increase flavour intensity in this recipe? [closed]

I am thinking of making dinner tonight (probably pasta) and the ingredients that I have a courgettes, tomatoes and half a butternut squash. I am 70% vegetarian I first added olive oil, then fried ...
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How can I turn my pasta salad into a pickle?

A pickle that would preserve it for a week? Would it ruin the taste of the pasta salad?
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What ingredients can be added to pasta to give a different color?

I've experimented with fresh pasta, using the following ingredients to color it: Beetroot puree Carrot puree Cocoa powder The first two were successful, the cocoa poweder resulted in a very ...
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spaghetti dinner [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I keep pasta from sticking to itself? We have a spaghetti dinner at our church and the problem is is that we don't mix it in with sauce because some don't want ...
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How to prepare shirataki noodles to more closely resemble classic pasta?

I've tried shirataki in spaghetti with meat sauce but the noodles' texture and flavor didn't fit with the sauce very well. Perhaps there's a way to make it work that I'm not aware of? I'd like to ...
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What is the significant difference between pastas? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are there so many different pasta shapes? What makes a pasta shape pair with a sauce? When getting ingredients for a soup recipe, I couldn't find the type of pasta ...
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Is Spaetzle a pasta or a dumpling?

Is it a pasta or a dumpling and what is the difference? To me, a pasta is smooth and shaped and doesn't have any "filling" (but can have ingredients added to color or flavor it before it is shaped) ...
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Does adding oil to pasta water reduce the tendency to boil over?

I know that adding oil to pasta water doesn't keep the noodles from sticking--much better to do that after cooking. I also know that there's no need to cook pasta at a rolling boil. My question is ...
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Why did my fresh pasta come out pasty and lumpy?

I just got a pasta machine, and had my first try at making fresh pasta yesterday. I used the recipe in the booklet that came with the machine which called for 2 cups Semolina flour, 2 large eggs, and ...
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Best spices to use on minced quorn in spaghetti sauce and other recipes [closed]

As a vegetarian, whenever I have to use minced meat I use minced quorn. But quorn does not add any flavour to dishes, only texture. What are the best "base spices" to add to the quorn when using it ...
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What makes a pasta shape pair with a sauce?

Spaghetti goes well with tomato sauce with ground meat. Fettucini goes well with a creamy sauce. Why? What general principles about the characteristics of the pasta and the sauce make them work well ...
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How long will eggless pasta dough last in the fridge?

I made some fresh pasta for myself, but the recipe made double the amount I need. I didn't have time to make the rest of the pasta and dry it, so I just wrapped the dough ball in plastic wrap and ...
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Fried Spaghetti

Pasta, as far as I'm aware, is always boiled to serve. However, their eastern cousin, noodles, are often fried. Are there any well-known Western (Italian) dishes that use fried fresh pasta, instead of ...
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What Old World Europe countries (apart from Germany and Italy) have their own unique pasta traditions?

I was doing some research on websites and came upon a site where a German pasta company had been trying to sell their products into the US (the site is down, looks like the enterprise was not ...
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Gnocchi - best fluffy technique

What is the best way to ensure prepared gnocchi is light and fluffy, not lumpy and soggy? I've seen tips saying to use more flour, to use less, to add ricotta cheese, to air dry...
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Will my pasta taste fine 5 days later? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long does cooked pasta last in the fridge? I work Monday to Friday, and dont pack very good lunches, I recently bought a bunch of pasta and sauce, my plan is to make ...
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My toasted couscous didn't soften properly. Why?

My wife bought some toasted Israeli couscous at a specialty store recently, and we decided to cook it last night. Unfortunately, it did not seem to cook like we are used to, and some of it was still ...
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What makes a good quality pasta brand?

When I browse the pasta aisle I see a number of different brands (De Cecco, Rummo, etc.). Are there any notable differences between these brands? If I have a choice between different brands of the ...
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How to prepare gnocchi dough for mixed ingredients?

After reading a recent post on incorporating vegetables into gnocchi (and presumably of potato/flour based pastas), I tried my own mixture of veggies and it came out great. Here is where the ...
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Types of potato for making gnocchi

I've made gnocchi with different types of potato with mixed result. Can anyone recommend a type that is particularly good for making gnocchi?
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How long do you cook the vegetables in a pasta salad recipe?

Pasta salad is pasta cooked until soft with vegetables and an Italian dressing. I assume I need to boil the vegetables separately, but am blanking on how long is appropriate. Thoughts?
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Why in this one recipe parsley is used in 2 different ways?

I found a "Shrimp and Pasta" Recipe here. It's a nice and simple, but I don't quite understand the way it uses parsley. Why part of the parsley is fried with shrimp and the rest are just mixed with ...
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What kind of olive oil should I use?

When you cook pasta, something you have to mix the pasta in the pan with olive oil and various ingredients. For example, in this recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/02/spaghetti-cacio-e-pepe/ ...
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How to judge quantity of fresh pasta dough per person

Tomorrow I'll be making a big batch of fresh pasta for about 7-8 people. I know that if I'm using dried or bought fresh pasta, I usually count on about 125-150g per person, depending on the pasta ...
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What is macaroni cooked in milk called?

Is there a name for the partial dish where you simmer macaroni in milk for 30-60 minutes?
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How to layer a Lasagne

I have a made a number of meat lasagne's that taste great (IMHO) but I have always had a problem getting them to preserve that "layered" effect. When it is cooked and even partially cooled the first ...
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cooking fresh pasta [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my homemade pasta stick to itself whilst cooking? I have just made fresh pasta for the first time and although nice it was sticking together. Do you need to ...
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Keep fettuccine from sticking/clumping while cooking?

This question addresses how to keep pasta from sticking after it has been cooked. This question is what I want, but was wrongly closed. All the answers from the first address the sticking ...
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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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What to do with Cocoa Pasta [closed]

I have recently bought, on a whim, a package of Cocoa Pasta ("barilotti al cacao"). Is it sweet? What sauce goes with it well?
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Is there an authoritative source on whether salt affects pasta stickiness?

The Seasoned Advice answer to Why add salt to the water when cooking pasta? is that it makes the pasta less sticky by inhibiting starch gelation. This seems to be a controversial question, with lots ...
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Can I make pasta with quinoa flour?

I'm going to be buying quinoa flour and wanted to use it to make up pasta. Is this a direct flour replacement in a typical pasta recipe or are there other changes you need to make?
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How do I make Udon noodles fat?

When I get Udon at a restaurant, they're these massively thick noodles. When I cook them they look like linguine. What am I doing wrong?
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How to mix a spaghetti carbonara?

When cooking spaghetti carbonara, I mix the pasta, bacon, cheese and egg yolks together with a scoop. This technique frequently results in mashed spaghetti as well as bacon clustering. What could I ...
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Pasta: Simmering Water or Rolling Boil?

I recently got into a surprisingly heated argument with a friend about what level of boil you should cook your pasta at. He (an engineer) argued that the heat transfer would remain the same regardless ...
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How to store homemade pasta

When I prepare homemade egg pasta (tagliatelle, fettuccine, spaghetti, etc), which is the better way to store it? I used to keep it in a cotton cloth, but sometimes it becomes moldy.
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How to make my pasta less brown?

I really like making pasta, but I've found that most of my recipes have these sorts of ingredients: Pale yellow pasta Brown mushrooms Brown tempeh or tofu (or ground beef if you prefer) Spices that ...
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How do I use no-boil lasagna noodles in a normal recipe?

How do I convert a normal lasagna recipe to use no-boil noodles? Do I need to add extra liquid or just make sure that the dish is covered really well?
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Are commercial foods adjusted for integer cooking times?

Pasta, noodles and such foods are often labeled "cook for n minutes". Are the ingredients for these foods purposefully balanced such that the average optimal cooking time is integer? Of course the ...
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Is it safe to keep dried out egg noodles?

I've read a few sites explaining how to dry your noodles, and I know the store bought ones are not made with eggs. I tried experimenting with no-egg noodles though and they just came out too gummy. ...