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FRC: Cooking shaped dry pasta - are you following new guidelines?

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Posted to Thread #30470 at 2:16 pm on Sep 1, 2018

Add dry, shaped pasta to 1.5-2 qts salted, boiling water - at a full, 212°F boil - using a smaller pan (no oil!)
Return water to simmer, stirring pot in the "critical" first 1-2 minutes (a couple of times to separate)
Turn off burner, cover ("so long as it's kept above 180°F or so")
Set timer for 10-12 minutes (see back of the pasta box)
Taste for al dente
Drain, reserving very starchy pasta water to add to sauce
Stir pasta immediately into warm sauce
Add reserved extra-starchy pasta water to adjust the consistency and emulsify

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