Pasta Picks and Pointers

Baking or cooking up that perfect batch of pasta is, as we all know, as easy as boiling water! Try the following tips to help you make that perfect pasta meal for your next family gathering or dinner with friends, and be sure to check out the information on why Hodgson Mill pastas are a great choice for every pasta occasion!

Tips for Baking with Pasta

When making a pasta salad, select short tubes or shapes of dried pasta. 

For casseroles, select tubes with thick walls or sturdy shapes. Cook them for two-thirds of the recommended time in water, then let them finish baking in the oven. 

Different kinds of pasta cook at different rates, so select shapes of similar sizes if you're combining them. 

Don't freeze cooked pasta unless it's in a baked casserole.

Tips for Cooking with Pasta

Use at least a gallon of water per pound when cooking pasta. If not enough water is used, pasta could become gummy. Bring the water to a rolling boil before adding the pasta. Use salt if desired. 

Avoid adding oil to the cooking water or your sauce won't stick to the pasta. 

After adding pasta allow water to return to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a low boil. 

To prevent pasta from sticking together, stir occasionally. 

Pasta is ready when it has been thoroughly cooked through, yet firm enough to offer some resistance to your bite. 

Drain the pasta, but do not rinse unless using in a casserole or pasta salad. Serve immediately. 

Healthy pastas made from 100% whole wheat durum flour have an added benefit when serving: they absorb more sauce than white flour pastas!

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