You can`t and won`t find any better side dish than boiled spaghetti and by adding only few ingredients (for example, sautéed garlic in olive oil and grated parmesan) you can make spaghetti a separate dish. That can be delicious and nutritious at the same time. Besides, there are many ways to diversify spaghetti with different types of sauces and added ingredients. The number of combinations for vegetables, seafood and various types of meat with cheesy, creamy, tomato or olive oil-based sauces is endless. So, let see how to cook the best spaghetti to use in those recipes.
How long do you boil spaghetti?
The easiest answer I can give you is just check packaging for instructions. You can find there recommended time for boiling the type of pasta you have. It can be different not only in shape and in size but can also have different ingredients. However, you should use those instructions carefully only as a guideline. As the best way to know whether spaghetti is ready or not is to try it. So, here is your first rule to boiling perfect spaghetti: TASTE PASTA TO SEE IF IT IS READY. And how you know that pasta is ready? It should be cooked, until so called, al dente. The inside of a noodle should be firm but not crunchy. Here is an approximate time frame for cooking spaghetti.
How long do you boil spaghetti on the stove? Average spaghetti cooking time in boiling water varies from 7 to 9 minutes.
How long do you cook pasta noodles in multi cooker? It can take you from 10 to 12 minutes to cook spaghetti in multicooker.
All my “rules” will be listed at the end of the article.
How to cook spaghetti at home so it does not stick
You know how they say that every cook has its own way to cook spaghetti. Well, as it turns out it is not a joke. I cannot even try to count how many recipes with various methods and tricks I have tried before coming up with this boiling technique for spaghetti. I hope that you`ll try it and decide for yourself whether it matches your taste.
Ingredients: 100 g spaghetti noodles; 1 l water; 10 g salt.
Cuisine: Italian Type: Ingredient/Side dish Calories: 112 kcal (per 100 g) Yield: 2 servings Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 10 min Ready in 15 min
How to cook spaghetti in boiling water:
- First, chose a pot of the right size, as you are to use one liter of water per every 100 grams of spaghetti noodles. There should be enough space for pasta to cook through evenly and to prevent it from sticking. That was your second tip to boiling perfect pasta. That is why it is important to calculate how many grams of pasta you will be cooking. The proper portion of pasta per one person is around 56 grams/2 ounces. So, the measurements that I have in the recipe are enough for 2 people.
- Pour necessary amount of water into the pot and let it boil on the high heat.
- Add salt to boiling water. There is a saying that water for spaghetti should be as salty as water in the sea. Well, I have a more accurate advice for you to follow. The ratio of salt to water for boiling spaghetti is 10 grams of salt per 1 liter of water.
- Now, lower spaghetti into boiling water. In 15-20 seconds, the half of spaghetti that is submerged in water will start melting, then using a pasta fork or tongs twist spaghetti noodles in such a way that they all will be submerged in water.
- For a minute, stir pasta with a fork, so it will help you to prevent spaghetti from sticking. You can cover the pot with a lid to get water boiling again. When it starts boiling with added spaghetti, lower the heat until the brisk simmer. Do not cover the pot again!
- During boiling spaghetti, you can stir them once or twice to prevent from sticking.
- As I have already mentioned, the best way to know whether pasta is ready or not is to try it. I can`t stress how important to relay on your taste than on what is written on the packaging.
- When you have spaghetti al dente, drain it into the colander. Do not forget to save a cup of cooking water from pasta for further use (it is a perfect remedy to loosen up the sauce if it turned out too thick).
- To get pasta taste better, add some olive oil or a tablespoon of butter and some freshly ground black pepper before serving!
How to cook pasta in Multi Cooker?
You can choose this method for boiling spaghetti if you have no time to check pasta when you have it cooking on the stove. This method is quick and easy to follow but the main condition is that you have a cooker. See how you can cook pasta step by step in a multi cooker:
- Take necessary amount of spaghetti and break them in half. Unfortunately, we have to do it so that spaghetti fits into the cooker cup.
- Boil water in a kettle and cover spaghetti with it in a cooker. Make sure that water will be 2-3 cm above the pasta.
- Do not forget to add salt. 1 tsp for 1 liter of water.
- Press necessary mode. It can be called Spaghetti or Pasta (even Rice will do) and set the timer for 10 minutes.
- If spaghetti is still not ready after cooking for 10 minutes, cook it for additional 2 minutes.
- Drain spaghetti with a help of colander or a strainer, serve together with butter and freshly ground black pepper to make tastier.
I decided to include this second method for boiling spaghetti just in case it comes in handy.
To summarize, I would like to make a list of all the important tips that will be useful to get that perfect boiled spaghetti:
- The real way to prevent spaghetti from sticking is to cook it in enough water.
- To season pasta, add salt to boiling water using ratio 10 g per 1 liter of water.
- Do not put olive oil in pasta water! It does nothing to pasta.
- Do not rinse pasta! As the hot water that stays on the strands of spaghetti will help you to coat pasta with sauce more evenly.
- Do not leave pasta in water after cooking.
- Save a cup of pasta water when draining. As it can be useful for stretching the sauce if it turned out very sticky.
Hope that you enjoyed my recipe and will share it with your friends!
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