Cooking Tips

Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids
  1. Get the kids involved in the kitchen by helping to measure, pour and mix ingredients.
  2. Get kids excited to eat their greens, let them pick the vegetables to star in your weeknight pasta supper.
  3. Sneak vegetables into dinner by replacing cheese and cream with lighter choices like avocado and puréed eggplant.

Healthy & High Fibre

Healthy & High Fibre
  1. Add high fibre to mealtime by cooking with Wholesome Grains or Total pasta products.
  2. Add fibre to pasta by incorporating high fibre vegetables like squash and sweet potatoes into sauces. Puréed root vegetables add a rich flavour to sauces without the added fat from milk or cream.
  3. Fresh and dried herbs add flavour without adding sodium; try adding your favourites to your next pasta meal.
  4. Add legumes and beans to pastas and pasta salads for a boost of fibre and lean vegetarian protein.

Cooking Pasta

Cooking Pasta
  1. Save one-half cup of starchy pasta water before draining pasta. When tossing pasta with sauce add a splash of pasta water to thin out sauce and help pasta stick.
  2. Make the perfect noodles for a pasta salad. Start by cooking noodles to desired level of doneness. Drain and spread noodles on a baking sheet; toss with oil and cover with plastic wrap until completely cool. Once cool toss with salad ingredients.
  3. Generously season water with salt before cooking pasta. Salt helps to draw the starch from the pasta for perfectly cooked noodles.
  4. A single serving of pasta is ½ cup cooked pasta or 1/2 –inch diameter of dry pasta.

Cooking Gluten Free Pasta

Cooking Gluten Free Pasta
  1. Use plenty of water. Always cook Gluten Free pasta in lots of water; preferably 5 to 6 quarts per pound of pasta.
  2. Use a large pot. Using a large pot is helpful since you should cook pasta in lots of water. It also gives you lots of room to stir your noodles.
  3. Salt your water. Gluten Free pasta gets a boost of flavour from properly seasoned pasta water. Season your pasta water with one tablespoon of salt per pound of pasta.
  4. Stir your pasta. Avoid sticky noodles or leaving pasta stuck to the bottom of your pot. Stir pasta immediately after adding to water and continue to stir for the first 30 seconds of cooking.
  5. Undercook and test. Some gluten free pastas will become mushy if overcooked. Start testing your pasta 2 minutes before it is fully cooked and check every minute until al dente. Italpasta Gluten Free pasta is made from a delicious combination of rice and corn that helps to ensure you get the perfect plate of pasta every time.
  6. Never rinse your pasta. Rinsing Gluten Free pasta not only cools down your cozy meal, it also gives noodles a gummy texture.

How To Cook Gluten Free Pasta With Italpasta