Questions tagged [pasta]

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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Homemade mac and cheese always loses its creaminess and gets dry after sitting out a short while

How do I keep the pasta from absorbing all the liquid?
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Make ahead Chicken Piccata

I have a recipe for Chicken Piccata my whole family really likes. We are having a couple guests over tomorrow, and I'd like to make this recipe, but make it ahead. The guests are people we don't know ...
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Is there a way to handmake alphabet pasta?

Is there a way to handmake alphabet pasta? I want to make the small pasta the is shaped into letters that is sometimes used for alphabet soup for kids. It's usually about half a cm in length. And I ...
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Can a pasta pot be used for cooking sauces?

I am considering buying a pasta pot, such as the All-Clad 6807 SS Copper Core. Can I remove the colander and just use the main body to cook tomato sauce? Or can it only be used for water-based ...
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How do I stop all the sauce from being absorbed and the pasta going soggy?

I have to make a pasta bake for 20 people take it to the meeting 6 hours before it will be reheated for dinner. How do I stop all the sauce from being absorbed and the pasta going soggy. Thanks ...
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Does squid ink pasta bleed?

Will the black color from squid ink spaghetti bleed onto other ingredients? I was recently given a package of squid ink spaghetti. I haven't used it before and I want to try something creative. I ...
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My Alfredo sauce always ends up gooey

I’ve been trying to make authentic Alfredo sauce using this recipe. I’m normally pretty good with sauces, but this one is eluding me. I simmer the pasta water and melt the butter, and everything ...
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Leftover Uncooked Pasta Dough

I made pasta dough (flour and egg only) and still have half the dough in the fridge. It is folded in thirds and in plastic wrap, not yet rolled. After a day or two it started turning darker which I ...
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How do reduce the sourness of pasta cooked with peppers?

I made pasta today using Parmesan Romano sauce and jalapenos and banana peppers from a can. The result was extremely tangy. Is this because jalapenos and banana peppers are sour by nature, or because ...
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Will cooking tagliatelle in squid ink turn it black?

I am planning to make squid ink pasta, but I do not have pasta machine. Since I am lazy, I want to boil dried pasta in squid ink water. Will it turn black...or not black enough?
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Why does pasta dough need to be kneaded for such a long time?

Some dough recipes caution that we shouldn't knead the dough for too long, lest it become too tough to be rolled as thin and wide as the recipe calls for. Why isn't the same thing true about pasta ...
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Can coconut milk always and thoughtlessly substitute cream-based/bechamel sauces? [closed]

I'm thinking of a pasta dish with chicken and mushroom. I have some coconut milk to use. I also want to add cheese at the end, because cheese. But I'm worried the coconut milk might be too strong/odd ...
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Sheets of fresh pasta sticking together

I make fresh pasta regularly and it usually works out well. There is one exception. If I make sheets of pasta for lasagna or cannelloni they tend to stick together during cooking so that I have ...
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Can I make ravioli dough with only all-purpose flour or do I NEED semolina flour?

This is the exact recipe I'm talking about: https://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/butternut-squash-ravioli/ I'm not a very strong cook, I'm only 22 and have very little experience. I've got working with ...
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Cooking pasta in a water boiler

A friend of mine cooks pasta in a modified electric water boiler which has been modified to keep going even after the water placed in it boils. What are some advantages and disadvantages of this ...
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what weight to use when weighing pasta for dieting purposes?

I presume that, ceteris paribus, the same amount of pasta cooked is significantly heavier than the same amount uncooked. So what is the standard?
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Is fresh pasta just good marketing? [closed]

I noticed some questions about fresh Lasagne sheets and it reminded me of something I heard, but sadly too long ago to be able to attribute although probably a chef on TV (I'm un the UK), and that was ...
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I err.. made pan fried gnochi and it tasted like pancakes

I made pan-fried gnocchi for the first time today. I used the following: Wholemeal plain flour Leftover baked potatoes Salt A single egg. I ran the potatoes through a cheese grater because I don't ...
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Why is bolognese cooked for so long?

Most bolognese recipes advise to simmer the sauce for 4 hours, some even advise to simmer longer than that. Until I heard about that, I had a recipe, which was a total of maybe 45min of cooking, ...
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Does a thawed frozen entree rot? [duplicate]

I left an Indian cuisine frozen entrée out and I left for two weeks. Will I come home to maggots? I heard Frozen foods can't produce maggots. Please help!
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How to mix parmessan (or any hard cheese) into oil sauce

When making sauces from a roux or starchy water (like cacio e pepe), I find it's quite easy to infuse hard cheese like Parmesan into it. However, is there anything I can do when working with oil-...
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Are egg-less pasta typically made with durum flour?

When making an egg-less type of Italian pasta, which type of flour should I use for the dough? And why? Or, can you make decent egg-less pasta using all the same types of flour from pasta recipes ...
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Does addition of tomato puree make the oil component of sauce less lubricating?

I believe the oil component of a sauce of a pasta sauce, for example is the critical lubricating factor. It is here that herbs and spices will get infused. Wherever the oil goes thereafter so will ...
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Why can't you reheat pasta in a microwave, grill, or wok?

I understand that to reheat pasta it must be done by boiling in water. Why must this be the case? Why can't you just microwave it, stir fry, or even quickly grill it?
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What are the minimum ingredients for a pasta sauce?

I want my pasta to absorb a sauce which consists of herbs and spices only. What are the minimum ingredients that are needed for this? for example do you really need oil, tomatoes, onions or is one ...
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If you add spices to boiling pasta, will it absorb spices/flavours?

If you are cooking pasta via simmering, and you add some spices e.g. pepper to the pot, will the pasta absorb the spices/flavors or will the spices just go to the top of the pot and not really get ...
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How do you cook pasta?

How do you cook pasta and what temperature?
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Must I store uncooked pasta in an airtight container?

With things like uncooked chapatis, if you don't put them in airtight packaging, they become tough and dry. I imagine that this is because they've already been mixed with water and chemically changed. ...
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Which pasta should be used for what sauce?

As I understand it, the philosophy of what pasta to choose depends a lot on the sauce. With bolognese, you have a heavy sauce, with fairly large meat particles and tomato parts. This means, that you ...
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Why is the pasta often cooked in the sauce in al'arrabiata recipes?

I looked up some recipes for pasta al'arrabiata, and one part I find a bit confusing is that most of them finish cooking the pasta in the sauce. So you cook the pasta separately until it's almost done,...
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How do you properly cook stuffed cannelloni?

Up until now when I made cannelloni I stuffed it with meat. Now was the first time I made it with cheese and here are some problems I have discovered: The cheese melts during cooking and escapes the ...
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Rice lasagna cooked ahead

I am using rice lasagna noodles and wonder if I can assemble it tonight to use tomorrow night. Should I fully cook the rice lasagna noodles?
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Pasta cooking time vs. box instructions

I understand that it is hard to define when pasta is properly 'cooked'. It's a subjective topic. But I think that 'really not cooked enough' is a state that most of use would agree on. I noticed ...
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Why isn't “pasta” water salted in Chinese cuisine?

I'm American-born Chinese and my parents never salt the water in which they boil noodles and there's never been an issue - at least with my palate - with seasoning or the texture of the noodles w.r.t. ...
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How do I keep boiled pasta from getting sticky overnight?

When I boil pasta and store it overnight in the refrigerator, it sticks to itself. Is there a way I can avoid this stickiness?
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Is it good to add salt or oil to pasta water [duplicate]

Is it necessary as should i add salt or oil to the pasta water when it comes to the boil as before i add the pasta??Does it really effect the outcome of the pasta at all?
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How much does fresh pasta yield when cooked?

While I know the yield for dried pasta, I cannot find the yield for fresh pasta, which I know is different from dried. (My goal here is actually to calculate calories for fresh pasta based on the ...
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What pasta sauces can I make that don't include cheese? [closed]

I've been making a fairly standard arrabbiata sauce for months, and I'd like to expand the number of sauces I can make. However, many of these recipes involve cheese and/or milk, but I'm sadly ...
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When should or shouldn't you use pasta water? [duplicate]

Every sauced pasta dish recipe I ever read calls for using the water in which the pasta was cooked for the purpose of thickening the sauce, as the water contains a lot of starch which helps the pasta ...
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Should pasta be started in cold or boiling water?

There are two main methods, either putting the strands into water already at boiling point, or putting them in cold water and then putting on the heat. Which method is the best to cook pasta? Does ...
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Why do pasta leftovers lose flavor and creaminess in the following days?

I don't expect pasta to be el dente out of the fridge. However with red sauces it seems like there is way too little sauce and too much fat at the bottom and not on the noodle. When I combine the ...
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How much salt does pasta absorb compared to rice?

Apparently if you cook both pasta or rice in salty water both will absorb salt. It seems to me the salt changes the taste of the pasta more than it changes the taste of rice though I could be wrong, ...
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Does pasta boiled in tap water absorb chemicals?

Apparently chlorine goes with boiling but I'm not sure if this is true. However I know that chloramines also exists in tap water and concentrate more with boiling. Will the chloramines absorb into ...
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What is the thick white substance in my pasta water?

As you can see in the pic, the water in my pasta has a thick white substance. All I did was water, pasta, salt, boil. What is this substance? Is it a sign of overcooking, should the well cooked ...
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Is there a way to make pasta dry rather than watery?

After I boil and strain pasta it tastes watery unlike rice which can be dry if you don't use too much water. Is there a way to make pasta dry too?
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Newbie to Dutch Oven

I just bought a dutch oven and was wondering if I can use that instead of a larger pot for pasta. Can you also bake casseroles in it?
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How to soak no boil lasagna noodles in water without them sticking to each other?

I like to soak no boil pasta noodles in water before layering them since it gives them a special taste. However the noodles like to stick to each other in whatever container i put them in. How do you ...
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It seems, acidity prevents pasta from being overcooked?

Usually I cook the pasta in boiling water... add it to sauce in the pan, another 2-3 minuts and done. But today I've tried to cook pasta in the sauce. Sauce: pepper + onion + garlic + flour + ...
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Is there any difference between wholewheat pasta and wholewheat sphaghetti besides the shape?

I'm asking about the plain food as you would buy from the shop which has no extra ingredients. It seems to me they are both pure wheat just in different shapes. Is that correct or has one been ...
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What is the traditional way to layer a lasagna?

I am following this recpie to make a lasagna (minus the ragu because jewish law) and I always wonder how to best layer the lasagna. Below is a picture of how I layer my lasagna. Is this the correct ...