Many people think that pasta is extremely easy to cook. They are very wrong. For others, however, it is very clear that everyone and their mother’s favourite dish is really not that simple to prepare and that, in fact, it is a very difficult art to master. Indeed, many people manage to fail at cooking this dish which, at first sight, seems so easy to do. Forget about everything you have heard about making the perfect pasta dish. Perfectly cooked spaghetti, rigatoni and so on have nothing to do with being thrown and sticking to the ceiling.
Giovanni Rana – pasta maker and founder of the brand La Famiglia Rana – and his daughter-in-law Antonella, have revealed all their secrets for eating delicious pasta. From the cooking time to the exact amount of sauce, experts have revealed the common mistakes people make with pasta – and how to avoid them.
1Pasta al dente
The first subject Antonella addressed was pasta al dente: “There are many urban legends about pasta al dente, but in Italy, not everyone likes pasta al dente.” “[…] Fresh pasta is faster to cook. They only require two minutes of cooking time.” Antonella goes on to say: “I love draining pasta 15 seconds before the cooking time… so we don’t overcook.”