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How to Cook Pasta Like an Italian

If you’re looking to learn how to cook pasta like an Italian, there are a few essential steps you need to take.

  1. Begin by bringing a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add the desired amount of pasta to the boiling water and stir.
  3. Cook the pasta until it is al dente (tender but still slightly firm).
  4. Drain the pasta in a colander and reserve a cup of the cooking water.
  5. Return the pasta to the pot and add the desired seasonings, such as garlic, herbs, and spices.
  6. Drizzle in extra-virgin olive oil and add a ladleful of the cooking liquid.
  7. Cook the pasta over low heat, stirring often, until the flavors are well blended and the sauce is creamy.
  8. Serve the pasta with a sprinkle of freshly grated cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano or pecorino. Buon appetito!

how to cook pasta like an Italian

Simon and Penny, two friends and LearnItalianPod VIP subscribers, have just returned from a fantastic trip to Italy. Simon says: “Thanks to your lessons, which had covered so many situations and given us such a grasp of the Italian language, we had a fantastic time: making an effort to speak Italian has transformed the holiday experience.”

They go on. “We have one request for a podcast though. You have covered eating out many times, but we bet many of your listeners are also keen cooks. How about a lesson about how to cook pasta like an Italian?” – What a terrific suggestion, Simon. So today, let’s learn the “golden rules” for cooking the national dish of Italy… pasta. Uh, we almost forgot… buon appetito!


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