Mar 1, 2012

Cook pasta a dente!

In Italy, overcooking pasta is a sin, period. Al dente, which literally means "to the tooth," as in, "how does it feel to the tooth," stands for the correct point of cooking hardness. The opposite of al dente isn't some version of normal; it's soft or overdone.

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  1. This is excellent, Eleonora. I just had a rinsing discussion with my brother a couple weeks ago. I am sending this article to him! To be fair, I am not perfect. I will stop my recently begun habit of adding oil. It was an experiment and didn't help anything. Now I know why. I also learned to use a bigger pot. Grazie.

  2. I love my pasta al dente! My plan is to learn how to make homemade pasta soon. Nothing beats homemade pasta.

  3. All great tips! I have to admit, I didn't know about the lunar cycles… full moon is best, I suppose?

  4. Good article. I love this photo, also. Bon appetit! Whoops. Oh, you know: food speaks in all languages.

  5. Hi dear. The picture on the food looks delicious.

  6. Jeff~
    I'm happy this could lend you winning points with your brother! ;)

    Cooking on a Dime~
    I agree 100%! Have you read my recipe for making homemade pasta??

    I don't know ;) honestly I only rely on the full moon to avoid night-fishing because it confuses the octopus...

    Thank you!

  7. I've made (cooked) pasta twice since reading your article and it has been much better than before. Just had some tonight, in fact, and it was great! Mi piace capellini d'angelo.