• Antonio


Updated: Oct 18, 2020


Many ask me how do you cook spaghetti. I answer with the traditional way. In to boiling water that has been generously salted you add your 500 grams of spaghetti. Simmer briskly for 10 minutes or al dente. The spaghetti must stay firm, never let it go soft.

The freshness of the spaghetti affects your cooking time. Fresh spaghetti will take approximately 8 minutes. It is always good to test your spaghetti around 6 minutes, and then 8 minutes for al dente. You are looking for firmness but not softness. It must stay firm, never let it get soft.

You strain it but in the straining you don’t have to go to extremes. Leave a slight moistness, a very slight moistness, and this helps the lump of butter you toss in to slither and slide all through the gleaming coils, coating them with gold as you toss the spaghetti. You can use a wooden spoon to gently mix the butter in.

It is now ready to serve.

You can serve simply with parsley butter by adding chopped parsley into a pan with melting butter and then pour over the spaghetti. Or you can add one of the many spaghetti sauces available. Finish by grating Parmesan cheese over the spaghetti.

The one thing to remember is that spaghetti must not cook too long or be allowed to stand around before serving. If either of those two things happen we get that starchy, gluey texture. Adding a generous amount of salt to the pot brings out the best in the pasta. The water must taste salty like the ocean.

Eat well my friend.

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