The Italian Kitchen Trick for Perfect Pasta Sauce

Reserved pasta water can do wonders for your sauce!

IMAGE Miguel Nacianceno

Many pasta recipes ask to reserve some of the pasta cooking water to add to the pasta sauce later on. Why?

 

The water used to boil pasta noodles becomes cloudy white because it retains the starch released by the noodles as they cook. Adding some of the pasta water to the pasta sauce makes the sauce more flavorful and helps it cling to the noodles, too.

 

When it comes to pasta, do what the Italians do.

 

 

Text originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Yummy magazine. Minor edits have been made by the Yummy.ph editors. 

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