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Well, you learn something new every day.
Pasta. A simple dish, an everyday dish. Even the most basic cook knows how to cook pasta properly, right?
Well, perhaps not, according to food science author Harold McGee, who has written than you should cook pasta in a FRYING PAN.
That’s right, boiling pasta in a saucepan, the method that most of use to make the Italian favourite, is all to pot.
McGee has written that you shouldn’t boil the water before you pop in the pasta. In fact, you should add your pasta to the frying pan FIRST, then add the cold water, as boiling water causes the pasta to stick together.
As a rule of thumb, writes McGee, you should cover your pasta in an inch-and-a-half of water – though this will vary depending on the type of pasta you are making.
The whole process should take 10 minutes, and you should the starchy leftover water as a base for the sauce.
So, it’s slightly bizarre to learn that we’ve been cooking pasta wrong all these years, but it just goes to show that every day is a school day.
What next? We should be making tea in the microwave? Perhaps David Tennant was in the right after all…