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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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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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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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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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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 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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What is the optimal method for making box macaroni and cheese?

I have two young children (3 and 4.5), who both love Kraft Macaroni And Cheese, or similar variants. As a child, I also loved it, and between the two I've made a few hundred batches, at least. ...
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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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How do I clean a pasta maker?

I am experimenting with a home pasta maker, and after all the fun comes the cleaning up. My worries come from tiny bits of dry dough I find when I clean the machine. There always seem to be more every ...
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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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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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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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How can I color pasta during cooking or afterwards, preferably using natural coloring?

My daughter asked me if I could make her red bowtie pasta in honor of Matt Smith as Dr. Who. I'd rather not use an artificial dye. Either way, how would I go about coloring the pasta itself? ...
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Could adding oil to boil benefit the taste and texture of the pasta?

Note to mods: this is not a duplicate. I am not concerned about pasta sticking. Note to anyone who wants to stand on their heritage and say only their way is best: I am Italian, I am 45, I have been ...
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How to deal with “no precooking required” lasagne sheets?

I've always been a bit suspicious of "no-precooking-required" lasagne sheets. What are the benefits and detriments of these sheets? What would happen if you ignore the instruction and cook them a ...
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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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What's the best way to tell that pasta is done (when boiling)?

I've tried a number of different ways to tell when spaghetti, capellini and other pasta types are done, but I'm curious if there are more specific rules of thumb. With regular spaghetti, I've tried ...
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Turning regular noodles into no-boil noodles

I've been told by other that you don't need to boil the noodles for lasagna before you assemble and bake it. They claim that you can just lay them out on the pan raw and assemble as usual and the heat ...
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How to prepare dried tortellini?

I bought some tortellini with meat at a local mall. The problem is I didn't buy prepackaged, but just some 200g out of a big bin, at a stand where you just load as much as you need, and get the ...
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Can I slow cook noodles?

I’m an avid user of slow cooking due to my schedule and need to budget my meals. I haven’t tried but wanted to know if I could slow cook noodles.
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Preserving Home Made Pasta

How would one go about doing this? Is it safe to freeze?
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Why add salt to the water when cooking pasta?

What is the effect of adding salt to the water when cooking pasta?
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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 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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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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Why do the inserts in pasta pots not go all the way to the bottom?

I love using a pasta pot/steamer where there is an inner "colander" pot so that you can pull all the pasta out easily. BUT... in all of the ones I've seen, the inner colander doesn't go all the way ...
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Is there a faster/less messy way to stuff manicotti/canneloni?

I've had all the ingredients for stuffed manicotti sitting around in my kitchen for the past 2 days but keep putting it off because I absolutely dread the whole stuffing process. I usually start off ...
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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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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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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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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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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 much water to use when cooking pasta in an Instant Pot

The de facto Instant Pot manual at hippressurecooking has a page on cooking pasta but doesn't explain how to determine a proper amount of water to use when cooking pasta. Figuring out the liquid is ...
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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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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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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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Quantity of Orzo when using other ingredients

I am making an orzo salad, and I am adding Rotisserie chicken, green onions, cherub tomatoes artichoke hearts, lemon juice and zest as well as herbs. I am making this for a BBQ party with apprx. 25 ...
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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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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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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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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 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. ...