If you are a rather inexperienced cook and want to learn more about how to make your home cooked food taste great, then you will love to hear this trick about how to get your pasta tasting professional, and delicious.
Restaurant pasta always tastes a little bit different than home cooked pasta, and a big part of this has to do with the way that you bring the pasta to the table rather than the type of pasta you use.
When most people go to prepare a dish like ziti and meat sauce, they will tend to cook the pasta, then drain it in a colander or strainer, and then serve it on the side in a separate dish with the pasta sauce that they make. This may seem like a perfectly logical approach to draining your pasta however it is not the proper way to do it and will result in stickier, less creamy pasta.
If you want to do it the correct and professional way, then there are a few thing you need to get ready before you drain your pasta. For starters, make sure that you have the sauce all done beforehand. Also make sure you have some butter on the side, as well as a ladle.
When time comes to drain the pasta, simple scoop it out with a strainer of some sort, and then throw it directly into the pasta sauce pot. This will allow the pasta to soak up all of the rich juices of the pasta sauce. If you rinse the pasta or drain all the water, you will wash out all the starch on the pasta and cause it to be hard and not good for the sauce.
Once your pasta is in the sauce, take a ladle of the water that the pasta cooked in, and then place it inside of the sauce pot as well. This will give it more of that starchy richness. Lastly, cut a tablespoon to 4 tablespoons of butter, depending on how much you want to use, and throw that in the pot as well. Mix everything together, and you will have a nice creamy and rich dish of pasta. Add in herbs last so that they stay fresh.
If you want to learn how to make pasta the right way step by step visually, then check out the informative video below and let us know what you think of this process down in the comments!