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Old 08-20-2012, 05:52 AM   #11
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This sounds so delish, but I have a question for AndyM about the angel hair pasta.....after 25 mins of cooking, doesn't the pasta turn to liquid? (or at least, mush? or disappear?)
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:23 AM   #12
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This sounds so delish, but I have a question for AndyM about the angel hair pasta.....after 25 mins of cooking, doesn't the pasta turn to liquid? (or at least, mush? or disappear?)
I understand why you would ask that. We've all had mushy pasta at one time or another.

However, the pasta remains firm throughout. Maybe because it was browned in butter first. I sometimes brown egg noodles in the oven before cooking them in water and they have a firmer texture.

Regardless, pasta texture is not an issue. Try the recipe, you'll like it.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:43 PM   #13
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This sounds so delish, but I have a question for AndyM about the angel hair pasta.....after 25 mins of cooking, doesn't the pasta turn to liquid? (or at least, mush? or disappear?)
There is a term al dente which means "to the bite." This is how you cook pasta. While it's cooked about enough you take a fork and get some pasta from the pot and run it under cold water so that you won't burn yourself, and you taste/chew it. When it is done just perfectly (to your bite) take it off the stove and run it through a strainer.

I've never seen any pasta take 25 minutes. About 18-20 minutes is typical.
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There is a term al dente which means "to the bite." This is how you cook pasta. While it's cooked about enough you take a fork and get some pasta from the pot and run it under cold water so that you won't burn yourself, and you taste/chew it. When it is done just perfectly (to your bite) take it off the stove and run it through a strainer.

I've never seen any pasta take 25 minutes. About 18-20 minutes is typical.
It depends on where you live (and the pasta). At high altitude it can take longer (I live at about 7000 feet above sea level. I went up in the mountains camping one time and it took forever for the pasta to get done.
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There is a term al dente
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I've never seen any pasta take 25 minutes. About 18-20 minutes is typical.
Around here usual cooking times are 8/13 minutes. I can't remember a pasta package with a printed cooking time longer than that.
But maybe I need to eat more fish

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It depends on where you live (and the pasta). At high altitude it can take longer (I live at about 7000 feet above sea level. I went up in the mountains camping one time and it took forever for the pasta to get done.
Same happened to me. But I was at sea level, so it was my fault: my camp stove was so weak we couldn't even bring the water to boil...
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Greg, Luca et al. We are not discussing boiling pasta. This is a rice dish which includes a little toasted pasta. When the rice dish is done, the pasta is not mushy. I don't know why. Perhaps because it's been, browned and cooked in butter before any boiling occurred.
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