How not to cook pasta

As someone who doesn’t cook much, I discussed what I should make for my family for Father’s Day last month. After taking to YouTube for recommendations, I decided to make pasta because it looked quick and easy. However, the supper that was supposed to be glorious ended up being unexpendable for my entire family. My attempt at being a better daughter became a warning to my family perhaps not to eat my culinary creations for quite some time. After thinking and experimenting for the past two weeks, here’s how Not To cook pasta.

Use incorrect components

My cooking motto is usually something like this: Estimate the approximate ingredients, and you can Replace basically nothing. While this plan worked for most Asian cuisines either because my kitchen already had the necessary ingredients or simply because of luck, I knew I probably shouldn’t be using it to make noodles.

In my estimation, the classic pasta ingredients of heavy cream, parmesan cheese, low-fat milk, and packets of cheese powder became Pizza Hut. Needless to say, it certainly didn’t work. On top of that, I added a lot of lemon peel and lemon juice – which caused the sauce to turn more liquid and a funky flavor. There’s nothing quite like a tangy, creamy sauce that should be.

So, if you are an amateur cook like me, please don’t do what I did and take the time to get what the recipes call for.

Reuse pasta water

Every pasta-cooking video I’ve watched emphasized the need for extreme salt for pasta-cooking water, so I really thought there was no way this could turn south—but boy was I wrong. While the first batch of pasta tasted fine, I realized it didn’t cook enough and I ended up making more spaghetti. However, there was still plenty of cooking water that I didn’t want to waste. Genius me decided to seriously salt the water again and reuse it to cook the second batch of pasta, and it turned out to be too salty.

While I tried to save it by adding sugar after the stress, it was ultimately a lost cause. Unfortunately, pasta can not be saved. Please don’t do this and save yourself from wasting pasta either by measuring portions beforehand or using fresh water if you need to make more!

Overcooking pasta

Although not as disastrous as the previous two, I made the novice mistake of overcooking the pasta. While I only followed the package instructions of cooking for 10 minutes to achieve the pasta, I didn’t take into account the fact that the pasta would continue to cook when I tossed it with the pasta sauce. As a result, my pasta was juicy and tender once coated – exactly the opposite of what it should have been.

To prevent this from happening to you, I recommend cooking the pasta about 1 minute less than the packet calls for the perfect pasta!

Voila – This is how you don’t cook pasta! Cooking sometimes requires some trial and error, so don’t be afraid if these mistakes happen to you, too.

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