A foolproof, step-by-step guide to making perfect pasta―from putting on a pot of water to matching up pasta shapes and recipes.
A staple of every pantry, dried pasta—a delectable combination of semolina flour, water, and salt—is a surefire kid-pleaser, a quintessential comfort food, and the basis of no end of delicious dishes. Fresh pasta, which contains eggs, is more tender than dried and cooks in about half the time.
Stock your pantry with a few basic ingredients to create an authentic Italian meal.
- Canned tomatoes Opt for whole, peeled tomatoes as opposed to crushed or diced for pungent flavor in everything from sauces to soup.
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- Dried pasta A combination of flour, water, and salt, dried pasta is a quintessential comfort food and the basis of many Italian dishes.
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- Arborio rice A short-grained rice with high starch content, Arborio releases starch and thickens when cooked at length over low heat, making
it ideal for creamy risottos.
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