How To Cook Pasta For Salads

Knowing HOW TO COOK PASTA FOR SALADS is one of the most important things in making pasta salads correctly. Follow these simple steps and get great Perfect Pasta Salads!

Easy pasta salad

  • Use a large pot. It does not have to be an expensive stainless steel pot actually water will come to a boil more rapidly in a thinner, less expensive pot. Use an 8-quart pot and 4 quarts of water for 1 pound of pasta.
  • Bring the water to a rolling boil. Add the salt and stir to dissolve. Salt adds flavor and helps ensure firmness. See the table below for proportions. Add the pasta all at once, raise the heat, and stir briefly with a wooden spoon. If the boil subsides too much, cover the pot with a lid for a very short time until the water returns to the boil. Remove the lid to continue cooking.
  • Cook the pasta for the time recommended on the box. For salad, this should be al dente.
    If the pasta you purchase does not have instructions for al dente on the package, cook it for the minimum time suggested. Taste the pasta a minute before it is due to be done to guard against overcooks.
    When it is al dente, drain the pasta into a colander and rinse briefly under cold running water. You do not need to rinse for hot pasta dishes, as the starch helps the sauce cling to the pasta.
  • When cooking Asian noodles, after placing the noodles in the boiling water, stir them occasionally with a long-pronged fork in the first few minutes of cooking, as they tend to clump together.
  • If cooking the pasta ahead of time, drizzle a little oil over the drained pasta, toss to coat, cover, and refrigerate until ready to proceed with the recipe.
  • Many pasta salads benefit from a resting time, as the pasta absorbs the dressing, resulting in a fuller flavor, if left too long, however, they will tend to dry out. 
SSo you see cooking pasta for salads isn't as hard as you thought, give it a try today.
How To Cook Pasta For Salads How To Cook Pasta For Salads Reviewed by Debby Peters on October 28, 2017 Rating: 5
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