Boiling Pasta
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Author vahchef Yield No Value
Published Feb 8, 2010 Cooking Time 1 hour
Recipe Type Preparation Time 30 min
Ingredient Other Standing Time 1 hour
Description: Complete intricasy of cooking pasta is shown and making wonderful pasta is starts with preprep of pasta to al danthe . In cooking, al dente describes pasta and rice or beans that have been cooked so as to be firm but not hard. "Al dente" also describes vegetables that are cooked to the "tender crisp" phase - still offering resistance to the bite, but cooked through 

Recipe of Boiling Pasta

Ingredient Name Quantity Unit
Pasta 1 Lbs
Water as needed
Salt as needed


In a bowl add water bring it to boil and then add salt and again bring it to boil.Now add pasta and mix very gently check after 5-6min and remove from water and immdly add to thepasta sauce.   
Posted Feb 8, 2010

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Sep 3, 2014
Hello Sanjay,
I recently watched your video on Tandoori Chicken and was equally touched by the viewer who wrote in begging you to provide your recipe for that magnificent dish. You mentioned in that video that you were not ready to share this recipe but that you were so overwhelmed with gratitude of this viewer who shared 5 of her favorite recipes with you that it was now your turn to share this dish with us. I have made it several times and it has become an instant family favorite. So, I would like to thank you for sharing this dish and I would also like to thank the user for sharing hers thereby making it possible for all of us to enjoy all of these dishes. Therefore, to keep the momentum of sharing moving forward, to show my gratitude towards you I would love to share my advice and tips on how to boil pasta. Then, share with you what my family and friends say it the very best pasta sauce I have made.
First, on boiling pasta…
Step one - Choose the right pan/pot to boil pasta…
When choosing a pan/pot to boil pasta the key is to choose a pan/pot that is tall and skinny rather than one that is short and wide. The reason for this is simple, after you add the pasta, the water need to return to a boil as fast as possible to help keep the pasta from sticking together. It’s the bubbles from the boiling water that cycle through the noodles that help prevent the pasta from sticking together.
Now, if you do not own a tall and skinny pot, the same effect can be achieved by covering the pan/pot 75% to rapidly increase the heat. DO NOT COVER THE PAN/POT completely because the water will boiling over making a mesh allover your stove.
Another key in selecting a pot/pan is to select one that is large enough to hold pasta and a lot of water. The pasta needs to swim to cook evenly.
Step two – Add the right amount of salt…
The water should be as salty as the ocean. While on the surface that might seem like too much salt but the reality is this, the water is used to season the pasta and not to be consumed. To flavor the pasta via water, the water must be heavily seasoned with a lot of salt
Step three - before adding pasta to the water, ensure the heat is on high and the water is at a rapid boil. As stated above, the bubbles of the water need to circulate through the pasta.
Step four – do not over cook the pasta…
When I cook pasta, if the box says cook for 10 minutes I will stop the cooking at 7 minutes. In other words, I always stop 3 minutes before the time on the box indicates. The reason for this is because the pasta will finish cooking with the sauce (step 5)
If the sauce I am planning on using is not ready yet, I will drain the pasta, add back to pot/pan and fill with cold/ice water to stop the cooking process. If you do not use the pasta right away and you do not stop the cooking process the pasta will continue to cook/steam and turn into a sticky mess.
Step five - The pasta and sauce need to marry…
Like true love, when two souls are meant to be together they get married. The same is true with pasta and sauce.
So, when the sauce is ready and the pasta is undercooked by 3 minutes, in a large fry pan combine the two and cook over high heat, stirring constantly till the sauce and the pasta become one (married), usually around 3-4 minutes.
Step six – serve immediately

A very quick and simple pasta sauce that is perfect with any type of pasta is a Vodka Tomato Sauce.
Do not let the name scare you, while yes, the sauce contains Vodka, the actual alcohol is evaporated away once the sauce is boiled for a minute or two. However, if desired, the vodka can be omitted.
WARNING – this is not a healthy dish and there is a good chance you will witness heaven after your first taste.
Vodka Sauce
- One – 28 ounce can Italian plum tomatoes (preferably from the San Marzano region of Italy)
- 1 pound of pasta
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil (60 ml)
- 10 garlic cloves, peeled (yes, 10!)
- Crushed hot red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup vodka (60 ml)
- ½ cup heavy cream (120 ml)
- 2 TB butter
- ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt
- Water
Before actually starting the cooking process, measure out all your ingredients and set them aside.
Pour the tomatoes and their liquid into the work bowl of a food processor. Using quick on/off pulses, process the tomatoes just until they are finely chopped. (Longer processing will aerate the tomatoes, turning them pink instead of keeping their bright red color), If you do not have a food processor, in a large bowl, carefully squeeze each tomato to crush– set aside
Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil in an 8 quart pot over high heat
Stir the pasta into the rapidly boiling water. Bring the water back to a boil, stirring frequently until pasta begins to boil. Cook the pasta, semi-covered, stirring occasionally. Boil three minutes LESS than time indicated on pasta package.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Whack the garlic cloves with the side of a knife and add them to the hot oil. Cook, shaking skillet the skillet, until the garlic is lightly browned (about 3 minutes).
Carefully add the tomatoes being careful to not splatter oil / tomatoes everywhere
Bring to a boil and add vodka and red pepper flakes to taste, simmer 2 minutes
Add cream, butter, stir to incorporate. Simmer another minute or two.
Add cheese, stir to incorporate.
Taste for salt and add if desired.
Simmer till pasta is ready.
Drain pasta, add to sauce, cook an additional 3-4 minutes till pasta and sauce are married.
Serve hot

kapil Feb 25, 2011
it's very good and easy making snack

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