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How do I stop pasta sticking once drained?

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gregssausageroll Mon 11-Jul-11 18:14:29

As above really!

uberalice Mon 11-Jul-11 18:14:57

Drizzle of olive oil?

IroningBoardForSurfBoard Mon 11-Jul-11 18:16:27

it's meant to be slightly sticky, so the sauce soaks in.

what are you making?

gregssausageroll Mon 11-Jul-11 18:34:33

I want cold pasta for lunch tomorrow but need to cook tonight.

NoMoreWasabi Mon 11-Jul-11 18:36:23

Are you slightly overcooking the pasta?

Douse it in cold water as soon as it is cooked. The rapid cooling process stops the starch gluing together.

gregssausageroll Mon 11-Jul-11 18:37:31

posibly nomore. Wil check and try the cold water.

mumblebum Mon 11-Jul-11 18:37:47

A little oil in the water as you boil it and don't overcook it.

IroningBoardForSurfBoard Mon 11-Jul-11 18:39:40

agree with flashing it into icy water after cooking, and keep it moving whilst you drain it

hth

tiokiko Mon 11-Jul-11 18:53:34

Take out about 1/2 cup of water just before you drain the pasta, then add a little of it back into the pan as soon as it's drained. It will help keep the bits separate, but keeps the heat unlike cold water and also helps the sauce to cling to the pasta.

Always add the sauce to the pasta in the pan and mix through then serve, don't serve pasta in bowls then sauce on top.

BertieBotts Mon 11-Jul-11 18:56:56

Try the cold water, immerse until it cools, then drain.

If serving immediately I usually stir in a little bit of butter, about a teaspoon, but I don't know if this would make it weird for the next day.

valiumredhead Tue 12-Jul-11 14:04:08

You need to run it under cold water as soon as it is cooked. You can add a tiny bit of olive oil which helps too smile

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