Here's a simple recipe for making pasta at home:
- 8 ounces (225 grams) dried pasta (such as spaghetti, penne, or fettuccine)
- Water for boiling
- Salt for seasoning
- Olive oil (optional)
- Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Add a generous amount of salt to the boiling water.
- Once the water is boiling, add the pasta to the pot. Stir gently to prevent the pasta from sticking together.
- Cook the pasta according to the package instructions for al dente texture. This usually takes around 8-12 minutes, depending on the type and thickness of the pasta.
- While the pasta is cooking, occasionally stir it to ensure even cooking and to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Taste the pasta a couple of minutes before the recommended cooking time to check for doneness. It should be firm but cooked through.
- Once the pasta is cooked to your desired texture, drain it using a colander or a pasta strainer. Be sure to save a small amount of the pasta cooking water if you plan to use it for the sauce later.
- Rinse the cooked pasta with cold water to stop the cooking process and remove excess starch. However, for some pasta dishes, such as traditional Italian recipes, it's recommended to skip rinsing to help the sauce cling better to the pasta.
- Toss the cooked pasta with a drizzle of olive oil (optional) to prevent sticking, especially if you're not serving it immediately. The oil adds a light coating to the pasta strands.
- Serve the pasta immediately with your favorite sauce, such as marinara, alfredo, pesto, or any other sauce of your choice. Toss the pasta with the sauce until evenly coated.
- Garnish the pasta with grated Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, or other desired toppings, and serve hot.
Enjoy your homemade pasta! Feel free to experiment with different sauces, vegetables, and proteins to create a variety of delicious pasta dishes.