How to cook perfect pasta – dedicated to my sweetheart

Does this sound too simplistic?

You have no idea how many arguments I often have with my poor other half about cooking pasta. If you lived with me well you would find that it is not that easy.. at least in the kitchen!

I cannot help it, it tears my heart apart watching him draining pasta: he shakes it so vigorously until no more water drains out… he must love his pasta bone dry.. πŸ˜•

“I told you so many times not to dry pasta like that!”.Β  And he shrugs his shoulders thinking…well I am not saying.

So today I have come up with a quick tutorial which will be useful in my household too!

Ready steady..

Fill a large pan with plenty of cold water without coming up to the edge. When it is boiling add the salt.

boiling water

Pop your pasta in the pan.

adding pasta

Mix it now and again whilst it is cooking to avoid it sticking together.

cooking pasta

Check cooking time shown on the package but always taste your pasta before draining it. Eating pasta “al dente” makes it easier to digest.

Whilst it cooks prepare your sauce. My favourite is a simple tomato sauce with fresh basil and olive oil.

tomato sauce

Use a timer. Ten to twelve minutes is usually needed for top-quality pasta, but often timing varies according to shape and quality. Test it after the first 8 minutes or so and then continue checking it from time to time.


Drain the pasta in a colander. Don’t drain it too thoroughly: its good to have a few drops of moisture still clinging; this prevents the pasta from becoming too dry.

How to Cook Perfect Pasta

Add the sauce mixing well.

How to Cook Perfect Pasta

A sprinkle of parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil is always a good idea.. Buon Appetito!

How to Cook Perfect Pasta

So my lovely, did you read this carefully? No more excuses next time!

How to Cook Perfect Pasta

Tip: Once you have cooked it pasta “dies” quickly. It gets cool, sticky and gluey, so don’t hang around serve it quickly and eat it quickly.


14 thoughts on “How to cook perfect pasta – dedicated to my sweetheart

  1. Dear Alida,
    What a fun post…you really are too funny. It is so true, you are correct..there really is a way to cook pasta correctly. I hope that this tutorial helped your sweetheart and many other sweethearts out there….Love the last photo of you eating the pasta. It looks so good. Thanks for sharing…Enjoy your day and have a blessed and fun Mother’s Day dear friend..
    Dottie πŸ™‚ x


  2. Aah, il profumo e sapore d’una buona pasta! I dream of the day when the whole world knows how to cook it properly. Buona festa della mamma Alida, have a lovely weekend.


  3. Concordo con te, il risultato di una buona pasta dipende molto anche dal tempo di cottura! Questo piatto l’ho preparato per oggi a pranzo, semplice ma tanto gustoso! Auguri per la festa della mamma, un abbraccio!


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