Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tips for the best pasta salads

Unlike cooking pasta for hot dishes, everything you do to prepare pasta for you salads needs to be just a bit "more so"!

* Salt the water just a bit more heavily
* Cook the pasta just a bit past al dente
* Rinse it after cooking so it won’t be sticky
* Don’t add your dressings until just before serving, especially if they are acidic

These tips were culled from Everyday Pasta, a cookbook by Giada De Laurentiis. This book is fabulous if you don’t have a lot of experience with Italian cooking. It may be a bit too predictable for those who are masters of the craft. Since I’m not Italian and didn’t have an Italian mother sharing all her secrets with me, I find Giada’s book really helpful!

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