You've been cooking pasta the wrong way all your life, says celeb chef
Pasta is comfort food for many, but do you really know how to cook it?
Pasta sounds like a simple dish to cook. Heat olive oil, add garlic and saute, add tomatoes or tomato paste, add seasoning such as oregano, thyme and rosemary, salt and pepper, bring the sauce to a boil and add the pasta. That's what most of us do, right?
It is a comfort dish for many of us, and makes for a great, warm dinner on a cold night or after a long day at work. However, not all of us know how to cook pasta, according to a celebrity chef. This chef believes that most people made simple mistakes when cooking pasta with tomato sauce.
Top chef Scott Conant, who spearheads New York's Fusco restaurant, says that there is a specific method to cooking pasta with tomato sauce. The "maestro of pasta" shared the perfect way to make pasta recently.
Scott reveals the secret to bringing out the perfect flavor was adding a splash of the pasta water to the tomato sauce. He also says that one person requires a tight handful of Bucatini pasta, ie, spaghetti noodles, and that it takes just less than 10 minutes to cook perfectly.
Scott also spills the beans on his recipe for the perfect tomato sauce. He says that he fries sliced garlic with a handful of crushed red pepper and adds it to a handful of sliced tomatoes with, of course, a pinch of salt. Explaining his secret to the perfect sauce, he says that one should add a splash of pasta water just when the tomatoes begin to cook down.
He says in an interview with My Domaine, "Thanks to the addition of the pasta water it's salted well but not too much; it's more like broth. As you cook it and it reduces, it doesn't become too salty."
Honestly, we feel a little stupid now, but we also can't wait to try out this method.
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