First of all, let me start off by saying thanks for sending in all of your great questions this week! If I continue to get them I may have to do two of these a week!
This week's questions comes from one of my younger readers, (and I love that) Jade, from Iowa.
Dear Kitchen Wife,
How do I know when my pasta is cooked just right?
Everyone likes their pasta cooked differently. Some like it kinda mushy, others, like myself, like it al dente, which means it has a little "bite" to it. I know that you may have heard to throw it on the cabinet, and if it sticks, its ready. But best practice for al dente is to cook it according to instructions on the package. If you are going to add it to sauce, cook it about a minute less than the package says. I know that seems like a much to simple answer, but the truth is the manufacturers have tested and tested their product to give you the best quality, so I tend to go with what they say. If you like it a little softer you can always cook a minute or two past what it calls for. It's that simple. No throwing required! I hope that helps you out. Thanks so much for writing in!
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And as always,
~The Kitchen Wife~