Tips for Quick Pastas
is always a great quick dinner. Here are some tips to make it
gluten-free pasta is not readily available, make sure that you
buy several shapes and kinds of gf pasta when you find it. Always
try to keep your pantry stocked with spaghetti, fettucine, penne
& spiral pasta.
you start cooking, select ingredients that do not require much
preparation. Examples of good, quick complimenting ingredients:
canned tomatoes, ground beef, ground pork, fresh herbs, pre-chopped
garlic, heavy cream, chicken stock, red wine.
you begin, place a large stockpot of salted water over high
heat and bring it to a boil. If it comes to a boil before you
are ready to cook your pasta, keep the stockpot covered and
reduce the heat to low. The water will stay hot and will return
to a boil very quickly when the heat is increased.
the ingredients that need to be blanched in the boiling pasta
water. Remove them with a slotted spoon before you add the pasta.
This will not only speed things up but it also adds flavor and
nutrients to the water.
you choose to use fresh garlic (highly recommended) smash the
cloves with the flat side of a chefs knife, then remove
the skins. Cut shallots and onions in half lengthwise, then
trim the ends and peel of the skins.
you have to roast peppers for another recipe, roast 1 or 2 extra.
It takes the same amount of time and they will keep for at least
1 week covered in the refrigerator. They make a wonderful addition
to cream sauces or pasta stir frys