Italian Recipes: Cooking Traditional “Cucina Italiana” Foods: Al Dente Pasta: How to cook “Linguini al dente”

 

 

Italian Recipes: Cooking Traditional “Cucina Italiana” Foods:  Al Dente Pasta:

How to cook “Linguini al dente”

 

 

  …I remind you that before to cook pasta you have to put 50-60 grams of sea salt in 3-4 liters of water, the taste of the water should match that of the sea water…..natural and easy…….

Fill the pot with 3 or 4 liters (1 gallon) of water to boil adding 50-60 grams of salt to it.

Do not add any oil or vinegar or any other ingredient in the water, only sea salt.

Wait the water to boil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one Kilo (2.2 pounds) of “Linguine” in my hand, 0ne Kilo of pasta are 10-12 portions;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I drop the “Linguine” in to the water all together, 2.2 pounds, please take the time now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you secured the pot with boiling water, you have to push the “Linguine” down in to the water with a wooden tool , here I use my bare hand I suggest you to use a tool for this operation 

The hot water make soft the “Linguine” to bend “linguine” below the water level, the water continues to boil,  do the operation carefully using a tool.. 

 

…a good tool is a big kitchen fork!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as the “Linguine” become softer you can start to stir them inside the pot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stirring and separing each other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the water is always boiling during the process….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

after two minutes you should have all the “Linguine” under the boiling water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

yes, down…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

now you have to let the water take the boil again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

you can cover to avoid steam around but be careful that boiling water will rise out

from the pot, estinguishing the fire!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Italian Recipes: Cooking Traditional “Cucina Italiana” Foods:  Al Dente Pasta: how to cook “Linguini al dente

 

 

after 5/6 minutes since the beginning (you took the time?)….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…..let’s go to stir the “Linguine” again…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you see how beatiful pasta it is?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italian Recipes: Cooking Traditional “Cucina Italiana” Foods:  Al Dente Pasta:

How to cook “Linguini al dente”

 

 

 

 

The first check: the cooking time in the package was 11 minutes, we go to check if the pasta

is ready after 9 minutes and we repeat every minute until the “Linguine” are perfectly

“al dente” !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

we get one “Linguine” only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

taking it out of the water and cutting a piece with asharp knife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve got this “Linguine” after 10 minutes and it is PERFECT!!! Fast put in the holed

casserole to drop off the water and then go for the sauce!

If you just zoom the picture to see the color inside the pasta is uniform;

few seconds before the color inside the pasta was all uniform besides a very tiny

white point: may be half millimeter or less, this is the right time to take “Linguine” out

from fire and dry, please pay attention to not let pasta cooks to much, if  it cooks for 11 minutes

(as the package says) it becomes overcooked and not good. By the way this kind of pasta I use is exceptional!

 

 

 

  

Italian Recipes: Cooking Traditional “Cucina Italiana” Foods:  Al Dente Pasta:

How to cook “Linguini al dente”

 

 

 

you should do the same check while cooking other type of pasta: here we have

“Elicoidali” perfectly cooked!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that in Italy many People like paste less cooked and still crispy;

you should visit the wonderful town of Naples where in many restaurants the

pasta is served still crispy; also my father always preferred his pasta not yet

“al dente” and often we grab out from the water his part and let ours still cooking for 2/3 minutes.

As always I say there is not a strict rule to make a preparation, important is that our food

fully satisfy our taste, if you like pasta overcooked or crispy it is your choice which

must be respected, I show you my way so you will be able to understand better what to do.

 

 

Italian Recipes: Cooking Traditional “Cucina Italiana” Foods:  Al Dente Pasta:

 

How to cook “Linguini al dente”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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