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View Poll Results: Do you break your spaghetti/linguine prior to cooking?
Yes, almost always or always 27 35.06%
No, never or barely ever 41 53.25%
Less than 50% of the time 6 7.79%
More than 50% of the time 3 3.90%
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:15 PM   #51
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I decided to defer to my resident noodle expert here - Violet definitely prefers long unbroken noodles (but will eat any in a pinch of course )
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:28 PM   #52
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i think a fair test to apply here would be wwjd? (what would julia do?)
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:38 PM   #53
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I leave it long unless I am putting it into soup or an American baked spaghetti casserole.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:03 PM   #54
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i think a fair test to apply here would be wwjd? (what would julia do?)
Is pasta a French dish?
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:42 AM   #55
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Broken only for a cold pasta salad.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:44 AM   #56
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Is pasta a French dish?
Chinese. Italy and Europe generally got pasta from Marco Polo on his return from Asia.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:10 AM   #57
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Broken only for a cold pasta salad.
Wouldn't it be easier to use elbows or some other small pasta like penne?
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:03 AM   #58
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I break spaghetti (actually angel hair) when making a meal for myself, so I can use a smaller pot in which to boil. If I'm cooking for the both of us or a group, I'd not dream of breaking it.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:18 PM   #59
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no, and no, and NO - never!
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:12 PM   #60
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Thanks so much for all of your input. I find the answers fascinating. Is it taboo to actually break pasta prior to cooking it for some? I never use to, never even thought of it until I met my husband and then had children. I was very reluctant at first...don't really know why except it is made long so eat it that way. However, I find it much easier with less mess and worries (children choking) and it tastes just as good. I am a breaker now and I mostly break it into 1/3 or 1/4 of its original length. At 1/3's it is still long enough to twirl so I am happy and so is the rest of the family.
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