A Great Recipe To Chef Up One Pan Pasta

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Pasta is one of the quickest, easiest, and most versatile types of food to cook and it can be prepared it in countless different ways. Even people who are far from culinary aces know how to whip up a pot of steaming spaghetti. The most common way to go about cooking pasta is in the centuries old traditional manner which starts off the process with a large pot of water.

Some people add a few shakes of salt or a drop of olive oil to the water before placing the pot on the stove and heating it to a boil. The pasta then gets dropped in and cooked until it’s done. All that’s left to do is add on some sauce, pesto, butter, seasonings, or whatever else you prefer, it’s that easy!

However, there’s a better and more efficient way to properly whip up a delicious batch of the family favorite food. Cooking pasta with this alternative method eliminates the all too common problem of having to cook sauces and sides in different pans and therefore cuts down on the pots you have to watch and then clean afterwards. Instead, you only need to use one single pan to cook all of the ingredients in and you’re left with perfectly prepared noodles that the whole family will love.

Below is a list of ingredients and directions on how to make one pan pasta. The accompanying video shows you every step of the process and exactly how delicious and scrumptious this dish looks so be sure to check it out for more information.


– 200 grams spaghetti – 200 grams cherry tomatoes, sliced in half – 100 grams baby spinach leaves – 1 small onion, finely sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced – 1 red chili, finely chopped – small handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped – 2 tablespoons extra – virgin olive oil – 50 grams pecorino cheese, grated – sea salt and ground pepper, to taste

First slice the cherry tomatoes in half and then finely slice both the onion and garlic cloves. The red chili should be finely chopped up but the basil only needs to be roughly chopped. Take a large frying pan and place the pasta on the bottom center, then arrange the onions on both sides.

Add in the tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and chili to both sides of the pan and sprinkle the chopped basil atop it. Drizzle on the olive oil, shake some salt and pepper on, then add 600 ml of water (or chicken stock).

Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring it to a boil. For al dente pasta, cook for approximately 9 minutes, stirring regularly with tongs. For a more well done, softer pasta cook for a minute or two longer.

Remove the pan from the stove when most of the liquid has evaporated and created a yummy sauce. Add in the pecorino cheese, a little more basil if you’d like, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!

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Apparently I’ve Been Making Pasta Wrong For All These Years. I Had No Idea.

It doesn’t take a genius IQ or a centuries old secret recipe to boil up a decent pot of pasta. Even people who are a far cry from culinary aces know how to make the Italian staple. Most everyone starts off the process by bringing a pot of salted water to a boil. Next comes the pasta, it gets dropped in to cook, and then the water is strained off down the drain. From this point on it varies as to what people do next but typically they add some sort of topping, like sauce, and most of them are doing it wrong!

There are a few ways in which a yummy plate of pasta can go awry, and the chances are high that you’re guilty of doing some of these things! Professional chef and author Andrew Carmellini shares his knowledge and enlightens us on the proper way to sauce pasta in this video. If you follow his tips, the next heaping bowl of pasta that you eat will be perfect.

The first major no-no Mr. Carmellini covers is this; placing pasta on the plate right after draining it, followed by sauce directly on top, is wrong. If you’re like me then you’re probably thinking to yourself, but that’s how I’ve been doing it my whole life! What follows below is a much tastier way to prepare it, but first here are some common things that people do wrong when cooking pasta:

– Don’t dump the water pasta was cooked in down the drain, save it because you’ll use it later – Don’t rinse freshly drained pasta with cool water, it washes the starch off and the starch is what adds to the texture and taste of it – Don’t let pasta sit and get cold after draining, this just makes it stick together in mushy clumps.

Instead, do the following:

1) Put the sauce on the stove and warm it up before the pasta finishes cooking.
2) Take the pasta out of the water, strain it, and then add it directly to the heated sauce.
3) Cook the pasta and sauce together for at least a minute or two after combining. The sauce will cook into it and make the flavors meld together more evenly.
4) Take a little bit of the starchy water the pasta was cooked in and mix it with the pasta/sauce.
5) Turn the pasta and sauce off before adding some butter, olive oil, and grated Parmesan cheese to it. This gives it a richer, creamier, smoother taste and texture and is how many restaurant-quality Italian dishes are finished off.
6) When adding fresh herbs and spices, always mix them in with the pasta and sauce last to keep the flavor fresh and bold.

Now you can plate the pasta, dig in and enjoy! Be sure to check out the video below

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You’re Probably Prepping Pasta Wrong. Here’s An Awesome Life Hack To Make Pasta Without a Colander.

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Whether you’re in the mood for some Italian cuisine or you’re pressed for time and need to make dinner in a hurry, there’s nothing quicker and easier to make than pasta. Most people always keep on hand at least a few boxes of pasta and a jar or two of tomato sauce. In fact, they’re considered basic food staples in many households and who doesn’t love a home cooked plate of spaghetti! Pasta is simply delicious and easy to make. Plus, if you ever need to feed a hungry group of people, a big pot of pasta and sauce is the perfect meal to serve.

All that you really need to do is boil up some water, drop in the pasta, strain it, and dump some sauce in with the cooked noodles, right? Not exactly, if you’re making it that way then you’re doing it wrong. If you want to make perfect pasta that tastes amazing, you have to do it the right way. The following tips covered in this video clip will help you do exactly that, so check them out and learn the proper way on how to cook and sauce pasta.

1. Add salt to the water, just before it begins to broil and before you place the pasta in the pot. This will make your pasta end up tasting a lot more flavorful and elevate it to a restaurant-quality level.

2. Do not add in olive oil to the water. If you add oil, the sauce will end up not sticking to the pasta, throwing the taste and texture off.

3. Don’t follow the instructions on the box. Each type of pasta is different in regards to how long it takes to cook. It’s better to taste taste and monitor it as you go along, that way it ends up how you like and prefer it. As for box instructions, oftentimes you don’t need to cook it as long as recommended.

4. Get the correct type of sauce for your pasta. If you plan on pairing it with a healthier sauce, use wider noodles. If you are using a thinner or runny sauce, use pasta with folds, like campanelle or rotini. They work great for holding thinner sauces on.

5. Before you drain the pasta, make sure to save at least half a cup of the starchy water it was cooked in. Then, once you’ve strained it, cook the pasta in the sauce and add in the starchy water you set aside. Cook it all together until the sauce is reduced and ready to serve.

6. Finally, if you plan on adding any additional fresh herbs or spices to the mix, make sure to always add them in with the pasta and sauce last. This will help keep the flavor fresh.

The next time you make pasta for dinner, be sure to try out all these tips and it will end up tasting perfect and absolutely wonderful.

Watch the tutorial video below for an in-depth look on how prep the perfect pasta:

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She Stacks Pasta In A Pot. When She’s Done An Unexpected Delicious Surprise!

One of my favorite yummy dishes is pasta and meat sauce.  Pasta is truly one of the most popular dishes worldwide, of which there are over 100 varieties.  Here is an astonishing fact…in America an average person consumes over 20 pounds of pasta yearly!

One of the things I love about cooking pasta and meat sauce is that it is easy and quick, resulting in a delicious result.  In the following video, YouTuber Diana Delafuente prepares a twist on the dish.  It is a bit more time consuming, but well worth it when you see what she creates.

The saying goes, “Presentation is Everything”, and that pretty much sums up this exquisite ‘Rigatoni Pie’. Although it takes more time to stack the rigatoni in a pan than just serving pasta and meat sauce, I will definately try this when I want to present something really special for guests or family.  All you need is: Rigatoni, parmesan cheese,  a spring form pan, meat sauce and some mozzarella for a beautifully browned “Rigatoni Pie”.

Watch how Diana puts this together and please let us know if you will try this.

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Apparently I’ve been Cooking Pasta Wrong This Entire Time. How Did I Not Know About This Earlier?

Even people who are not culinary aces know how to make pasta in the centuries old traditional manner. Most everyone starts the process off by putting a fair amount of water into a big pot. Some even add a couple of shakes of salt or a drop of olive oil to the water.

Then the pot is placed on the burner and heated until the water begins to boil, at which point the pasta is dropped into it and cooked until done. The problem with this way of cooking is that the pasta tends to stick together in mushy clumps that are unappetizing.

However, there is a better and more efficient way to properly whip up a delicious batch of the family favorite food. Cooking pasta with this alternative method eliminates the all too common problem of it sticking together in blobs, and instead leaves you with perfectly prepared noodles that everyone will actually want to dig into. It involves using less water and swapping out the bulky metal pot with a frying pan.

Start by placing the pasta in a large frying pan. Pour about a quart and a half of cold water in the pan and over the pasta. Turn on the stove and cook until the desired consistency is met. If you prefer al dente pasta, or a slightly firmer texture, less time is needed. You should end up with perfectly cooked pasta that lacks any clumpy stuck together pieces, because the cold water was added to the pasta before it began to cook.

You also will have a thick, dense liquid leftover from the water than remains. This can be used to make a variety of different sauces with and gives you further use of the leftover water that most people simply throw out. Check it out and share with others so that you’ll never have to endure lumpy pasta again!

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