LETTER: The proper way to cook pasta

I was shocked and appalled to see the Nelson Star spread misinformation on the possible method of preparing pasta.

Re: “Plan ahead for a great Christmas dinner,” Dec. 16

I was shocked and appalled to see the Nelson Star spread misinformation on the possible method of preparing pasta for any dinner, never mind Christmas dinner. To suggest that pasta can be cooked ahead and re-heated later in time for the main course is a sacrilegious suggestion.

Pasta should always be served immediately after it is cooked. In fact, it should always be cooked slightly less than the way you like it so that when added to the sauce and served, it will be perfectly done since it continues to cook while on the way from stove to table. The sauce can always wait; the pasta never waits.

To re-heat pasta, especially for a special dinner would be like serving wallpaper glue to your guests, which they may want to use to paper your kitchen walls with the Christmas cards you sent them. Once pasta is reheated it loses its texture, firmness, flavour, shape, visual appeal and the ultimate satisfaction it would otherwise deliver to the palate.

Pasta made of rice, corn and other non-wheat grains are especially susceptible to turning into a thick glue or slurry if cooked even half a minute over the limit, never mind if you reheat them, which if you did (as I have done with leftovers) are as satisfying as eating a soggy crusted apple pie in the Indian monsoon.

So remember, use lots of boiling water, salt, stir often and keep checking to see if it’s done by taking a bite of a pasta noodle now and again; the time on the packet means almost nothing.

Olindo Romeo Chiocca, Nelson

 

Just Posted

School District 8 swears in new board

Four new trustees join the Kootenay Lake board of education

LVR Bombers finish 12th at field hockey provincials

The Bombers salvaged the tournament with a late win in the quarter-finals

Nelson CARES to buy Hall-Front development for affordable housing

A $4.5-million investment from the provincial government has been committed to the deal

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

Most Read