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Old 02-25-2009, 05:32 PM   #1
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NY Times: How Much Water Does Pasta Really Need?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/di...curi.html?_r=1

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To see which of these factors are really significant, I put a pound of spaghetti into a pot, added just 2 quarts of cold water and 2 teaspoons salt and turned on the heat. The water took about 8 minutes to reach the boil, during which I had to push the noodles around occasionally to keep them from sticking. They took another 10 minutes to cook through.

When I drained the pasta, it had the texture and saltiness I expected, seemed about as sticky as usual, and when tossed with a little oil, seemed perfectly normal.

So I tried reducing the water even further, to 1 1/2 quarts. I had to stir often because thats not quite enough to keep all the pasta immersed all the time, but again the spaghetti came out fine.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:41 PM   #2
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I always use less water than what is called for - because I'm usually in a hurry and want to make the water boil faster.
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