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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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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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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Which is a typically American way of seasoning spaghetti and other pasta?

When I visit the States I see a lot of pasta and spaghetti in the supermarkets. I wonder which is the typical seasoning (sauce or similar) used by Americans when they cook spaghetti. Of course, when ...
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Bolognese: can I add the meat after tomatoes?

I see most recipes online mention first frying the meat a bit and then adding it. I think that would make the meat drier than meadt mixed into fresh tomatoes. Will it work ok if I put the meat into a ...
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Why does my cookbook want me to drain my tomatoes for a pasta sauce?

I have an excellent recipe for pasta sauce, but I'm having trouble convincing people to try it because it contains a counter-intuitive and potentially wasteful instruction. The gist of it is this: ...
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Pasta preservation

I have some extra pasta, cooked. I have no extra sauce to put the pasta in. What's the best way to preserve it so it lasts for a day or hopefully two without getting dry or rotten?
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Red and blue Antimo Caputo 00 flour

What's the difference between the flour in the blue bag vs the red? I'm not even sure which one I have since my local Italian shop re-bags it, but I've seen the red bags in the store, so I kind of ...
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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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How do you drain Velveeta Rotini & Cheese with Broccoli, without losing the rehydrated Broccoli?

Rotini & Cheese is a variation on Kraft's shells and cheese. It's actually kind of like an upgrade because you get small pieces of dehydrated broccoli in addition to the mac and cheese. Halfway ...
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Extrusion pasta maker versus roller: which one makes the best pasta?

Roller pasta makers require you to work the dough by hand and then run it through the roller multiple times. Some extrusion pasta makers don't even require mixing the ingredients before placing them ...
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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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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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How to mix pasta and sauce evenly?

When I make pasta I usually try to finish it by mixing the freshly drained pasta with sauce in my saucepan, adjusting the thickness a little bit with pasta water etc. The problem is with pasta sauces ...
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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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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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Will adding lemon juice to non-wheat pastas make them starchier?

I read in this question: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/2574/why-add-salt-to-the-water-when-cooking-pasta that adding an acid like lemon juice to water you're cooking pasta in will help ...
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Daikon in place of pasta

I remember seeing somewhere that one could use daikon in place of pasta, but I can't seem to find how one would prepare it. Have you done this? If so, what should I be aware of when I try it out?
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Béchamel and pomodoro

Is there any traditional recipe that uses béchamel (white sauce) and pomodoro (tomato sauce) mixed, making a new (orange-ish) sauce? Is there a name for this sauce? I often do this mixture but I've ...
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What happens to boiled pasta if you use too little water?

There are almost always guidelines on pasta packages for the amount of water you should use when boiling. Sometimes I'd like to use a pot that's on the smaller side, and that got me wondering; what ...
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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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How do you Tell if Home Made Pasta is Dry Enough to put through the Cutter?

When making Pasta with my new pasta maker I had the following Steps: Make sheets from the dough using the roller part of the Pasta Maker Let these sheets dry to a certain extent Put the pasta sheets ...
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Did extra insulation cause ice crystals in frozen mac & cheese?

I prepared two 9x13" casserole dishes worth of macaroni & cheese (roux based). In terms of the quantity of pasta, I used three pounds. After combining sauce and pasta I baked to try to eliminate ...
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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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Whole wheat pasta from milling to the results

Can it work to make pasta from freshly home-milled flour?
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Semolina substitute

I live in Okinawa, Japan, and I've had a hard time finding semolina flour. I enjoy making home made pasta, and was wondering if there was a good substitute for semolina that would help give my pasta ...
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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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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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How to gauge orzo's change in volume from dry to cooked for a soup?

I am working on a scratch chicken, vegetable orzo soup. I'm not following any particular recipe, just shooting from the hip. I usually come up with a good meal but the problem I always run into though ...
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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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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 roll or wrap up pasta into a log-like shape for presentation?

How do I roll or wrap up pasta into a log-like shape for presentation? Example 1, Example 2, Example 3 Do they use some kind of tool to wrap the pasta around?
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Egg and flour proportion for pasta extruder

Just bought a manual pasta extrusion device from China. It came with no instructions and the box is written in Chinese. By looking at it, it seems that the "1 egg x 100g of flour" dough recipe will ...
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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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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. ...
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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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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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How do I keep fettucini from sticking together while boiling it [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I keep pasta from sticking to itself? I have tried to add vegetable oil to the water. I have tried stirring while boiling. Is there a better technique?
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Best moment to put salt in spaghetti?

Different friends have conflicting theories about the best moment to pour salt into spaghettis: Before putting the spaghettis, so that the salt infiltrates inside the spaghetti. Just a bit before ...
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How can I repair a pasta maker that was washed with water and has started to rust?

My girlfriend has a pasta maker, pictured. Alas, it was accidentally cleaned with water, which is explictly forbidden (!!!) by the directions, which state: After using, clean with dry cloth or ...
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Can water in which pasta was cooked be used to make gravy?

After boiling pasta and setting the water in which the pasta was boiled aside I noticed that after the water cooled it thickened. It sort of has the consistency of gravy. Would I be able to make gravy ...
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What are some seasonings that can spice up a bland frozen chicken alfredo?

Tonight, the main course is: Red Baron's Chicken Alfredo. The problem is that it's a little bland so I'm trying to figure out what the best seasonings will give it more spice, or at least a more ...
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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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Pesto after doing a sauce or before?

So I am cooking chorizo+squid pasta/stew and I think a little spoon of red pesto will be great addition to it. I wonder should I put pesto while it's cooking or when sauce is ready?
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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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Käsespätzle like the ones in Bavaria

I'm really impressed how here in Bavaria people can cook some delicious things... Well I fell in love with Käsespätzle. I keep having trouble making them just like at the restaurant, where no matter ...
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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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Why does the pasta I make with my extruder always stick together?

I've tried a few times now to make pasta with my Kitchen Aid extruder and EVERY time it sticks together and tears when I try to separate the strands. What am I doing wrong? I am new to homemade pasta ...
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Preparing spaghetti without boiling water

I saw a commercial on televison for preparing spaghetti without boiling the noodles, just place them in water for about on hour. Can this be done?
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Does pasta dough really need to rest?

I mixed equal parts of semolina and bread flour. Then I kneaded it for about 2 minutes. I flattened it out as well as I could, then passed it through my pasta machine on the widest setting. I did this ...
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Can you and how do you melt quark cheese into bechamel?

I would like to try to make quark cheese sauce for pasta, but I'm not confident I can make the cheese melt properly as I've never done it before. What I would like to use specifically is the Polish ...