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1006gm 04-19-2012 06:02 PM

Thoughts on breaking spaghetti prior to cooking
Who breaks their spaghetti/linguine prior to cooking it. My husband and I bicker about this all the time. He likes me to break it and cook it so it's not messy and so he doesn't have to cut it. I don't like to break it. Any reasons as to why I should or shouldn't break it? What do you do with your pasta? Thanks!

Zhizara 04-19-2012 06:06 PM

I always break mine in half as I add it to the pot.

One reason is that I prefer to cut my spaghetti up before I eat it. I don't like the spaghetti stain caused by a swing back of a loaded noodle.

Andy M. 04-19-2012 06:10 PM

It's your pasta, do whatever you want.

You could also buy a different shape of pasta that doesn't require breaking up to be easy to eat.

4meandthem 04-19-2012 06:44 PM

I grab the pound of spaghetti and slam one end down on the counter to open the pack then break in half and twirl the halves into the water. I like them that length and you don't have 1/4 sticking out of the water untill it softens. I think it cooks more evenly and doesn't stick together as much.

Do what floats your boat though. It's your party.

Merlot 04-19-2012 07:03 PM

I never break mine :smile:

bakechef 04-19-2012 07:15 PM

I find that it twirls better with a fork and spoon if it isn't broken first, so I don't break. I used to break but then dealt with spaghetti shrapnel flying around the kitchen!

I use a stir-fry type pan (it's pretty deep) to cook pasta and it is wide enough to take the whole length of spaghetti laying down.

My partner just cuts up his spaghetti to eat it.

Addie 04-19-2012 07:28 PM

Like I keep saying, I learned from all the Italian Noni's. So I never break mine. And I learned how to eat it so it isn't too messy. Just take no more than four or five strands of pasta between the tines of your fork and twirl your fork around just about an inch or so above the dish until all of the strands are wrapped around the fork. You now have a reasonable size mouthful that will fit in your mouth very easily. I have taught this to several grandchildren. There are some long pastas that you can not do this with. Bucatini is one of them. It is very thick like a straw. You can only get one strand on your fork if you are lucky. My mother used to buy it all the time. I always thought it was a fun pasta to eat. You can do it with linguini, but with some difficulty. I am not too fond of linguini and other flat pastas.

I have never seen an Italian break their pasta. :smile:

kadesma 04-19-2012 07:37 PM

I'm with Addie, I never break my pasta. I love to twirll it around my fork then eat. My pots are big enough to hold the pasta so no breaking here. You do what is best for you.

taxlady 04-19-2012 08:09 PM

I never break mine intentionally. My mum used to break it and we thought she was taking all the fun out of eating spaghetti. I learned to twirl the pasta around the fork a long time ago, and no, I don't need a spoon to help twirl it.

jabbur 04-19-2012 08:11 PM

Before I got married I never broke the pasta. Shortly after I got married, DH complained about the long noodles. Turns out his mama broke hers and he got frustrated trying to eat it long. So I break it, he's happy and I don't have to listen to the complaints.

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