Something I saw that gets done abroad, is cooking pasta in the sauce, or putting all ingredients together in the water and then rinse the output. The result of this operation is quite strange according to an Italian.
We don’t cook pasta in the sauce. We cook it in boiling water (as I told you in a previous post). Maybe we can finish cooking it the last couple of minutes in the sauce (sauting it in the pan with the sauce). I saw some interviews of some foreigners that said they were doing it to be more ecological, using less energy. One of these people was Michelle Obama.
Don’t do it. If you want to save energy, water, soap or anything related to that, eat something different or do it, but don’t think it’s an Italian pasta. Carbonara or pesto, for instance, are 2 energy-saving sauces. They don’t need to be cooked! As fresh tomatoes…
if you want to be enerdy saver just have a salad!
Cooking everything together won’t respect the structure of pasta, which requires its way to be properly cooked. Moreover, the time of cooking of the sauce is not necessarily the same time required by pasta.
In Italy they sell a German famous brand of pots. They try to convince you that when you put all the ingredients together and close the pot with their magic cover, it will taste the same. Guess what?? Even the most fanatic users of this cooking system secretly told me it’s really not the same, but they can’t tell it loud because they sell those pots!
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