Three Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Cooking Italian Pasta Dishes

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From 2010 to 2016, William Pino worked as the president and CEO of Florida Lighting & Traffic, Inc., located in Miami. There, he was responsible for the company’s full operation, which included marketing, sales promotion, administrative work, and securing contracts for the Miami-based company. In his personal life, William Pino considers himself a master chef in Italian cuisine.

When it comes to cooking Italian cuisine, pasta is often on the menu. While you may not be a master chef, navigating these common pasta pitfalls will lend authenticity to your next Italian dish.

1. Pasta Side Dish – While many people mistakenly serve pasta as a side dish, this is never the case in authentic Italian cuisine, where any pasta dish is always served as a main course. Some go so far as to compare this rule to law or religion in Italian cooking.

2. Oil in the Cooking Pot – According to Italian cooking website Ciao Pittsburgh, 44 percent of Americans say they put olive oil directly into their cooking water when boiling pasta. Though the idea is to keep the pasta from sticking, it works a little too well and often prevents your sauce from sticking to the finished noodles. Instead, use more water and stir your pasta regularly.

3. Rinsing Cooked Pasta – When your pasta will be topped with sauce, the sauce will stick better if you do not rinse the starch off your pasta after cooking. Generally speaking, the starch on the pasta’s surface helps your sauce stick, but there are exceptions. For example, if the water you cook the pasta in is so starchy it appears cloudy, giving the pasta a quick rinse will help remove excess starch contained in the water.