Recipe: Fettuccini with Sweet Peppers & Pine Nuts
Rossi Pasta
The Ten Commandments For Perfect Pasta

1. Thou shalt not answer thy telephone while cooking pasta.
You will jeopardize Commandment #7.
2. Thou shalt cook thy pasta in a large pot.
Your pasta will cook evenly and taste better when it is cooked in lots of water. Use at least six quarts of water (in an 8-quart pot) per pound of pasta.
3. Thou shalt always start with cold water.
Starting with cold water ensures that your pasta won't pick up any "off" tastes from your hot water heater.
4. Thou shalt cook thy pasta in rapidly boiling water.
Otherwise your pasta will get "mushy."
5. Thou shalt salt thy pasta water.
Pasta cooked in unsalted water tastes bland. Use 1-2 tablespoons of salt per gallon of water.
6. Thou shalt frequently stir thy pasta while cooking.
Your pasta will cook evenly and won't stick together if stirred at regular intervals.
7. Thou shalt not overcook thy pasta.
Overcooked pasta tastes mushy, lacks flavor and texture, and falls apart. Pasta should be cooked "al dente," or "to the tooth," meaning that it's tender but still firm.
8. Thou shalt not time thy pasta.
Listed cooking times are approximate… the many variables make timing virtually impossible to do with any accuracy or consistency. Instead, frequently test your pasta for doneness by biting into a strand during the last minutes of cooking. When it's "al dente," drain immediately.
9. Thou shalt prepare thy sauce before cooking thy pasta.
Cooked pasta waits for no one! Always make sure your sauce is ready (or will be ready) the moment your pasta is done. Adding sauce to the pasta immediately ensures that your pasta won't stick together in a hopeless clump. Once sauced, serve immediately!
10. Thou shalt not rinse thy pasta after cooking.
Rinsing pasta removes some of its starch. This small amount of starch thickens the sauce and helps it cling to the pasta better. The three exceptions are: 1) if the pasta is going to be used in a cold pasta salad, or 2) if the pasta is going to be used in a baked dish (like lasagna) or in a hot soup (like minestrone), or 3) if you accidentally overcooked the pasta (probably as a result of not heeding Commandment #1) and need to stop the cooking process in a hurry.

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