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sticky pasta every time - why???

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lilKelBel Thu 05-Jul-07 11:02:08

Hi there

Ok so I'm fed up. No pun intended . I made linguini last night and again it turned into one giant congealed mass in the strainer! WHY? How can I stop it from happening?

I normally make pasta as follows: pot of boiling salted water to which has been added 2 T olive oil. Cook pasta. Dump into strainer. Rinse lightly with cold water. Attempt to serve sticky mess!

any ideas? thx

totaleclipse Thu 05-Jul-07 11:03:49

It could be that you are slightly over cooking it.

FluffyMummy123 Thu 05-Jul-07 11:04:05

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BettySwallocks Thu 05-Jul-07 11:04:46

spit in it and this will help

aDad Thu 05-Jul-07 11:05:44

like cod says really.

big pan LOTS of water.

stir a few times during cooking.

dont overcook.

florenceuk Thu 05-Jul-07 11:05:58

This is what I do: boil pasta in lots of unsalted water (use your biggest pot), stir to break it up occasionally, when cooked drain through colander. Put hot pasta back in pot, dribble olive oil over it, stir. Don't overdrain your pasta - some cookbooks suggest keeping some of the pasta water to lubricate the sauce.

Carmenere Thu 05-Jul-07 11:06:28

it may be the type of pasta you are using as well as overcooking it a bit. Some of the cheaper supermarket brands can go very sticky, very quickly

bundle Thu 05-Jul-07 11:06:52

not enough water

themildmanneredjanitor Thu 05-Jul-07 11:07:04

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Speccy Thu 05-Jul-07 11:07:40

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ApuNahasapeemapetilon Thu 05-Jul-07 11:08:13

overcooking - too much messing with
I treat pasta like rice
big pot
really boiling water
stir a couple of times only
with linguini i would say do not drain it to too dry
leave a little water o it and add butter
it should be 'silky'
jamie agrees with my method - i saw him do it once!

FluffyMummy123 Thu 05-Jul-07 11:08:19

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aDad Thu 05-Jul-07 11:09:46

stirring is good. Can stick to bottom otherwise.

MrsBadger Thu 05-Jul-07 11:12:58

buy nicer pasta

the Tesco Quick Cook stuff is always sticky and minging

the blue packet one (De Cecco? Buittoni?) much better

FluffyMummy123 Thu 05-Jul-07 11:14:59

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witchandchips Thu 05-Jul-07 11:19:41

Barilla is also good, but Dececco do the best linguine

florenceuk Thu 05-Jul-07 11:20:06

Am I a ponce if I admit I only buy De Cecco?

FluffyMummy123 Thu 05-Jul-07 11:20:41

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florenceuk Thu 05-Jul-07 11:24:39

I hate having lots of packets of different pasta - so I buy only spag and penne. Kids only eat 80g between them at a time, so not a big deal.

MrsBadger Thu 05-Jul-07 11:27:15

not a ponce
we have quick-cook penne for emergencies but otherwise it's the god stuff all the way

lilKelBel Thu 05-Jul-07 11:29:14

<bows in gratitude and skulks out of the room too ashamed to hang out any longer due to massive cooking errors obviously committed!>

seriously thanks a mill.

sticky pasta no more!!!!!

Speccy Thu 05-Jul-07 11:40:28

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lilKelBel Thu 05-Jul-07 11:50:51

no - waitrose brand. but I did overcook it a squidge I think. darned distractions, I mean, kids!

slim22 Thu 05-Jul-07 12:03:43

- cook 2 mn less than indicated on pack
- turn off heat and cover with kitchen towel 2mn
- drain (save a laddle of cooking water for the sauce) and dress immediately with butter or better olive oil
- if your are not using pasta immediately, drain and cool under running cold water and dress with olive oil/butter

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