While it seems like one of the simplest things to get right in the kitchen, if you've ever had pasta at someone else's house and found it just a little too chewy, or mushy, or just not quite right, then you'll know what I'm talking about.
So say Adiamo! because tonight we're doing spaghetti the right way!
Step 1: Go Big Or Go Home
The first thing you want to do is grab the largest pot you have in the kitchen. Your spaghetti is meant to be prepared in long strands and you should never have to break it in half in order for it to fit!
You want to first add several quarts of water, the idea being that you want the spaghetti to be fully submerged when you add it later on. Next, add some salt. Then add some more. Keeeeep going.....Great! You want at least a tablespoon in order to bring out the full flavor profile.
Step 2: Things Are Getting A Little Steamy
Now that you have your water salted, it's time to get it to a rolling boil with bubbles popping up non-stop. Be patient! Only then should you add your spaghetti, letting it lean to the side of the pot until it sinks in naturally.
Stay vigilant, you'll want to stir constantly so that the starches don't cause the noodles to clump together!
But like any good recipe, the secret is in the finish!
Step 3: Stick The Landing
It's always a good idea to follow the directions on the packaging when it comes to cooking spaghetti, but you should also double check. Pull out a strand approximately 2 minutes before you think the noodles will be done, wait for it to cool and then bite into it. It should be a little bit chewy and resistant, you want to err on the side of too tough than mushy on this one.
Next, drain the water (but don't rinse!) and add your favorite sauce. Try adding a scoop of the cooking water in order to bring out the delicious flavor of your sauces!
Serve hot! You can try throwing some strands at the wall, but it's not a reliable way to test the done-ness and it's less spaghetti for you to eat!
Step 4: But I'm Fancy
Now that you know the perfect way to cook spaghetti, why not try out this classic recipe for your family?