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Noodles are much more than a simple side dish, noodles are a delicacy that can become a main dish in an infinite number of ways.

The perfect pasta should still be al dente.

The perfect pasta should still be al dente. (Photo by: fotolia.com)

The most important tips for a pasta guaranteed to succeed, we present here.

It's so easy to cook pasta

The first step is always to choose the right saucepan . Under no circumstances should it be too small, because the noodles must be able to swim freely in them so that they do not stick together later.

Then the pasta water is heated and, as soon as it finally boils, vigorously salted .

As a rule of thumb, 1 liter of water and 1 teaspoon of salt are required per 100 g of dry pasta.

Cook the pasta properly

The right type of pasta to choose is often not so easy, because there are now more than 600 varieties. Although of course personal taste plays an important role, you should not necessarily choose the cheapest product on the market and rather invest a little more.

Link tip: Overview of the most important types of pasta

Mostly, high-quality pasta from well-known brands remain al dente for a longer time and do not boil as quickly.

Tips for cooking pasta

The noodles do not stick together in a large saucepan with enough water.

The noodles do not stick together in a large saucepan with enough water. (Photo by: OlafSpeier / Depositphotos)

Finding the right cooking point when cooking pasta is a bit of a challenge : if you leave the pasta in the water for too long, it becomes too soft or sticks together - if you take it out too early, it is too hard. It is ideal if the noodles are still al dente .

  • You need about 1 liter of water per 100 grams of pasta.
  • As a side dish you should count about 70 grams of dry pasta per person, as a main course about 130 grams.
  • A large saucepan so that the pasta does not boil over and has enough space.
  • You need about 1 level teaspoon of salt per 100 grams of pasta.
  • Then bring the water to a boil.
  • Only add the salt when the water boils.
  • Then add the pasta to the boiling water and let it simmer.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon every 2-3 minutes.
  • The cooking time depends on the type of pasta and should be on the packaging. Homemade, fresh noodles take an average of 2-5 minutes and dry noodles about 8-10 minutes.
  • Then pour off the pasta but do not quench with cold water, otherwise the starch will be washed away and the sauce will adhere less well to it.
  • Put the pasta back in the empty saucepan and mix with 3-4 tablespoons of the cooking water - they don't stick together.

Other tips:

  • Mix the sauce with the pasta just before serving.
  • Although it is common to add oil to pasta water to prevent it from sticking, experts - and most Italians - do not recommend it.
  • Basically, you can rely on the information that the manufacturer gives on the packaging.
  • If the pasta is not to be eaten immediately, but to cool down and then processed in a salad, it is better to quench it . Otherwise it will continue to cook and will later be too soft.
  • Pasta that is too heavily salted can simply be rinsed off with a little water.

Pasta al dente

Cook the pasta

Pasta or pasta tastes great with any sauce. (Photo by: © whitestorm / fotolia.com)

If you like your pasta " Al dente ", ie with a bite, you can leave the pasta in the water for exactly as long as it is on the package.

There is a simple and fun trick to determine whether the noodles are still firm to the bite: fish a noodle out of the water and throw it against a smooth, clean surface, such as the kitchen tiles - if it sticks to it, then they are Pasta al dente.

Alternatively, you can of course try the pasta yourself;)

Delicious noodle leftovers

You can still fry the remaining noodles in the pan or turn them into a delicious casserole with a few ingredients such as boiled ham, cheese, bacon cubes and tomatoes!

Known pasta recipes

  • Spaghetti bolognese
  • Spaghetti carbonara
  • Spaghetti aglio olio
  • Spaghetti Milanese
  • spaghetti arrabiata
  • Italian-Noodlesalad
  • and many more pasta recipes