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Old 06-25-2008, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Seriously...

I know it does... but I'm curious why it does this...

I know it has a lot of bonuses like... pasta doesn't stick to itself as much... etc.

But, Im really curious what stops the water from boiling over.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:41 PM
 
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How To Avoid Boil Over When Cooking Pasta

Personally, I don't like oil in my pasta. I just add the pasta to boiling water and then turn the heat down.
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Old 06-26-2008, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Yeah, but I prefer the individual noodles being independent of each other. So, oil it is.

Thanks for the quick reply and the link.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:33 AM
 
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Yeah, but I prefer the individual noodles being independent of each other. So, oil it is.

Thanks for the quick reply and the link.
You don't need oil to have noodles being individual of each other. Just cook it al dente and use a little elbow grease. Perfection!
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:50 AM
 
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maybe the reason the pasta is sticking and needs oil is because you are not using enough water and are using a small pot? or maybe you are cooking it too long where it is past aldente and then sticks?
pasta needs lots of room and water--more than you may think. i never use oil in mine and it never sticks.
i boil mine in the largest pot i have and once the water boils, i salt, drop the pasta in and turn the heat to medium
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Other than being unnecessary, there's another downside to oil in pasta water. Oily pasta doesn't hold sauce as well as properly cooked pasta.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Southern, NJ
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Never put oil in the pasta water, aside from wasting money it makes the pasta oily and the sauce doesn't sick. As the others have said, have a large pot, boiling briskly, add salt (salt adheres to the pasta and adds flavor) boil 8-10 minutes. Before draining take a cup of the water out of the pot, drain pasta and pour the cup of water on the pasta, it will not stick together and is ready for your favorite sauce.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I add oil to my pasta water (olive oil), and I've never had a problem with oily pasta OR with the sauce not sticking to the pasta.

The trick is to take a bit of the sauce and mix it into the drained pasta (cooked al dente or, for those who prefer it a bit softer, to preference) before serving. Works beautifully, the pasta holds the sauce and somehow absorbs the flavor better.

Or, depending on the sauce and how much of it you have, you can just mix the pasta into the sauce. I do this with vermicelli and a sauteed Italian shrimp recipe I have that's one of our favorites.
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:49 AM
 
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Alton Brown checked out putting oil in pasta on a good eats show. He measured the oil before and after, the oil did nothing and there was nearly as much oil left in the water as he put in.

Like others have said, big pot, alot of water, and don't over cook.

I'm sure the video is on you tube, just search for alton brown good eats pasta.
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Old 06-28-2008, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I'm married to an Italian, and putting oil in the water before boiling pasta is taboo. You can't rinse all of it off, and it makes the gravy (their term for sauce) run off the noodles.
Just stir occassionally and your noodles won't stick together at all.
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