How to Make Al Dente Pasta

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Al Dente pasta can be a dream to your taste buds when its done perfectly.

Whatever your taste in food, pasta is one meal that just seems to find its way into a lot of home recipes. Whether you are a novice to food or a connoisseur of first class dishes, pasta is a dish that is easy to prepare and takes little or no time to do so. However, just as pasta is easy to cook, it can also produce frustrating results if you use excess water or cook for too long.

When it comes to cooking pasta, timing is important to produce a delicious, mouth watering pasta recipe.

Al Dente is an Italian word for pasta that is cooked just right; it is neither mushy nor crusty. To get your pasta the right way, follow the following directions:

The Cook Method for Making Al Dente Pasta


  • Place a saucepan on medium heat and pour in some water. The amount of water to be used would depend on the quantity of pasta to be cooked. You want to have the water just a little bit above the pasta once they are put in.
  • Add a little salt to taste and put in your pasta at this point.
  • You should be around to ensure your al Dente pasta doesn’t over-cook. The best Al Dente pasta cooks for between 6-7 minutes. You might want to set a timer to ensure you don’t exceed this time.
  • Once your timer goes off, strain the content into a sieve so any excess water left can drain off.
  • Taste your pasta at this point to be sure you got the texture and taste just right.

The Soak Method for Making Al Dente Pasta

This is an easier way to make Al Dente as it involves cooking your pasta for a very short time. To start:

  • Place your pasta into a large bowl and top it up with water.
  • Let it sit for an hour to an hour and the half and then strain the content into a pot. Add in a little water and salt and place on low to medium heat.
  • Let it cook for 40- 60 seconds and take it off heat.

Your al Dente is ready to be served and enjoyed.

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