This Is The Easiest And Fastest Way To Cook Your Pasta

Yes, it works.

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If you love cooking pasta but don't like the excessive amount of water you always have to use and throw out, this is the pasta cooking tip you need to learn and do from now on. 

Instead of cooking it in a large pot filled with water, why not cook pasta in a smaller pot with less water and still get the same results? You can and the reasons behind it are mind-blowingly simple: 

  1. 1. The water comes to a boil much faster. 
  2. 2. The pasta will cook as long as it is in the boiling water.
  3. 3. The pasta will cook faster. 
  4. 4. The pasta water is much more effective when added to the sauce. 

Of these four reasons, two jump out at us: the water boils quicker and so, the pasta cooks in less time. These two are the best reasons to use less water. The Food Lab tested this out and proved that the only things you need to do to make this technique truly work is to stir the pot regularly. This prevents the pasta from sticking as it cooks in the boiling water. You should already be stirring the pot as soon as the pasta goes in the water, but since there is less water for the pasta to dance in, stirring the pot using this method is much more necessary.   

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This method is super effective when cooking shaped pasta, but when it comes to spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine, and other long pasta shapes that you cannot submerge immediately in the water, use a saute pan that will allow the long strands to fit in the water. There's no need to wait for the pasta to soften first before submerging if you have a pan that fits the pasta's length.     

Cooking pasta is already one of the fastest and easiest ways of making a meal. The pasta usually cooks in the same amount of time as the pasta sauce, so it's really a great multitasking recipe especially if you have a two-burner stove. You can stop using so much water, though, the next time you cook pasta with this quicker and less wasteful method. 

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