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Pasta

A Sticky Situation

To avoid sticky pasta, use plenty of water—at least 4 quarts for each pound of pasta. Stir the pasta after it's added to the water and maintain a boil while cooking.

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Draining Jumbo Pasta Shells

INSTEAD of draining jumbo pasta shells in a colander (which can cause them to tear), carefully remove them from the boiling water with a tongs. Pour out any water inside the shells and drain on…

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Draining Lasagna Noodles

To keep lasagna from becoming watery when baking, it's important to drain the noodles well. Here's a good way to do that: Drain and rinse the cooked noodles in a colander. Take each noodle, shake…

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Lasagna Prep Pointers

To keep lasagna from becoming soupy, be certain to drain the noodles well and pat them dry. Use a thick tomato sauce. Add a beaten egg to the ricotta or cottage cheese filling to help bind it…

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Lumpy Alfredo Sauce?

For smooth Alfredo sauce, prepare it just before serving. Add the grated cheese slowly over low heat just until melted. Immediately remove from the heat.

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Pasta Measurements

Three cups (or 9 ounces) of uncooked rotini spiral pasta amounts to 4-1/2 cups when cooked.

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Perfectly Cooked Spaghetti

To prevent spaghetti from sticking together when cooking, be sure to use a large kettle or Dutch oven and 3 quarts of water for every 8 ounces of pasta you plan to cook. Then add 1 tablespoon…

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Primavera Substitutions

The beauty of primavera recipes is that you can substitute almost any fresh veggies you have on hand for the ones used in the recipe. Don't hestitate to experiment!

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Revamping Mac and Cheese

For Nacho Mama's Mac, stir in warm leftover taco meat; sauteed chopped sweet red pepper and whole kernel corn; and shredded cheddar cheese. Top with coarsley crushed nacho tortilla…

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Serving Size Suggestion

As a general rule, one serving of pasta is 2 ounces uncooked pasta.

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Storing Pasta

I store all my pastas in canning jars rather than the opened boxes. The pasta stays fresher, and the jars stack nicely, too, conserving pantry space. When I’m preparing my grocery list, I can see…

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Tips for Cooking Pasta

To cook pasta more evenly, prevent it from sticking together and avoid boil-overs, always cook pasta in a large kettle or Dutch oven. Unless you have a very large kettle, don't cook more than 2…

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To Rinse Or Not To Rinse

When serving pasta hot with a sauce or adding it to a baked dish, drain thoroughly in a colander, but do not rinse. Rinsing can wash away starch that may help to slightly thicken the sauce.…

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