Its all about the noodles!

@ElicBxn (60052)
United States
December 6, 2009 3:42pm CST
So, a few months ago I started a discussion about what you like, The Noodles or the Sauce... http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2138920.aspx Well, I have discovered a site that clears it up! It clears up several myths about noodles... http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/pasta-myths-debunked-532064 It seems that I was RIGHT! It is about the noodles!!! So, you going to dispute this? You still think its about the sauce?
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@jerzgirl (7805)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
6 Dec 09
I agree with the pasta myths site, but I still like to have loads of sauce with noodles that will hold plenty of it on them. I just answered your other discussion about that (I apparently missed it along the way). Love my sauce!!
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
6 Dec 09
I'm a noodles fiend! and I'm glad to see that I was RIGHT on a bunch of the stuff - but do think you need to rinse if you aren't going to eat it right away...
@jerzgirl (7805)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
7 Dec 09
I agree with you. The starches act like glue making the noodles stick to one another if you just drain them and leave them sit. Mom used to drain and rinse and then put some sauce over them and toss. We put the rest of the sauce on ourselves. But, the sauce kept them from sticking in the serving bowl.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
6 Dec 09
I think it's a personal choice. Elic. I STILL LIKE A BUNCH OF SAUCE.
@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
6 Dec 09
I agree, but I have to say it gives me several points for the noodle side!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
6 Dec 09
YEA!!! for the noodle side, lol.
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@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
6 Dec 09
To me all noodles taste the same they are just shaped differently so I guess I have to go against what the site says or against the popular answer and say the sauce.
@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
6 Dec 09
I would say the noodles taste the same since they are made the same - but they are made to do different things, some to hold things - ravioli, some to do other things - angel hair I had a stuffed noodle thing last summer that I'm sure was ON my diet because I only ate 1 of the 3 they gave me!
@TheCatLady (4696)
• Israel
7 Dec 09
Yup. If you start with the wrong pasta, it doesn't matter what sauce you use it's going to taste horrid. If you use good Italian pasta, it doesn't mater what sauce you use, it will be good. It's all about the pasta. I only buy Barilla pasta. As I am not in the States, I don't have the same selection of pastas you guys have. Barilla from Italy is great. Barilla made in the States is garbage, by the way. So if you are in the USA be sure to check were it is manufactured. I only buy pastas imported from Italy. I tried some from Turkie,, but they just don't cut it. The local Israeli ones are so horrid, they make Golden Grain seem good.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
7 Dec 09
I guess I'm not that fussy, I've never found one - until recently I wouldn't eat and that one had corn in it! It was a store brand yolk free egg noodle
• Israel
7 Dec 09
I'm very picky about food. If you start with high quality ingredients, it makes all the difference in the world.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
8 Dec 09
that's why we've been on a diet - well, to get better foods in our diet last night we grilled eggplant - very yummy, with balsamic vinegar and feta cheese, tonight is the roomie's last solid food until after the surgery and recovery time, we fried up some yellow squash and had ham - yum!
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
7 Dec 09
I didn’t respond to your original discussion for some unknown reason and if I had I would have agreed with you. I am Italian and I was brought up on pasta and I have always preferred it to be perfectly ‘al dente’ and definitely not with too much sauce in fact one of my favourite ways to have pasta is with just butter and parmesan cheese. I don’t like adding olive oil to the cooking pot either; it doesn’t do the job properly!
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
7 Dec 09
I've stopped people from adding it explaining that if you have the water at a good rolling boil, those noodles WON'T stick, they only stick if you 1) add them before the water is hot enough 2) have too many noodles to water ratio or 3) over cook them
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• Israel
7 Dec 09
Me too. Why people insist on overcooking their pasta is beyond me. Today my lunch was pasta with butter and a local imitation of Parmesan cheese,plus a few nice soft fresh mini mozzarella balls and 1 peeled de-seeded chopped tomato. yummy. If the cheese is not from Italy's Parmigiana region it's not real. Our local imitation version is ok tasting, but the texture and melting qualities are off. What can I do? Next time I go to the big city, I'll look around for things my tiny town lacks.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
8 Dec 09
I probably like mine a little more cooked than you guys, but they still need to be twirl-able! I learned to twirl my noodles before my brother who was 2 years older! All the faster to shovel it in my mouth!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Dec 09
Noodles, like rice, I could care less without the sauce. They taste like glue without the sauce. At least to me. My husband and my brother could eat them without anything, but I think they like the taste of glue and probably enjoyed non-toxic glue as kids.
@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
7 Dec 09
Now here I have to agree, I don't care for them without some sauce. Even butter and garlic will do in a pinch, but I'd rather tomato or Alfredo. They do taste like glue without something on them, in fact, some glues are made with just about the same ingredients!
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@BarBaraPrz (17306)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Dec 09
mmmm.... Alfredo....
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@BarBaraPrz (17306)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Dec 09
Depends on the sauce, I guess, but then, butter is better. I love buttered noodles.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
7 Dec 09
just plain butter won't do, have to have some garlic in it Honestly, I've never been a "fats" person, I got fat on carbs, don't much care for fried foods, but I love my carbs, its been what's been hardest about this diet...
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@BarBaraPrz (17306)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Dec 09
Yes, mustn't forget the garlic...
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@cream97 (29175)
• United States
10 Aug 10
I like this piece of information here! Too much of everything can make the noodles displeasing to eat. I have enjoyed reading this article here. It makes the facts come true.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
10 Aug 10
facts are facts, there by true, but it does make it understandable about why I like the noodles more...
• United States
31 Jul 10
No not all noodles taste the same. You can get spinach noodles or whole wheat noodles and they make the recipe taste so much yummier than the plain old white noodles. Egg noodles are also good to use.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
31 Jul 10
so I've heard, I don't have the most discerning of taste, too many years of afrin abuse, but I can taste the dif between whole wheat and white
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
21 Dec 09
I am not sure which is better, but I do like the noddles.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Now, it does need sauce - but I'm of the opinion that too much will just go to waste on the bottom of my bowl!
@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
8 Dec 09
The noodle site is no longer available.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
8 Dec 09
WHAT????? - now I have to go look... they are both there, you may have to copy/paste to get them to work, but the second link is to Rachel Ray's magazine
• Canada
8 Dec 09
It's the noodles. But if the noodles don't have sauce then do the noodles become boring within their varieties? Deep question.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
8 Dec 09
Its the noodles, but they need the sauce. I like noodles, I like the noodles - A LOT! - but can't eat them without SOME sauce!
• United States
7 Dec 09
It both its both !!!! All kidding aside sauce is great and does change the taste of noodles.BUT noodles are made thin thick yes to fill like ravioli and manachotti large shells. Now we even have multi grain and whole wheat noodles which taste sooo much better then the white flour /egg noodles. at least to my family. :) So yes I say the noodle no matter what any site tells me. have a great day
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
8 Dec 09
I'm there with the noodles, but they do need the sauce - after all, it is pasta AND sauce, not Pasta. (period) I don't care, I actually like the white flour noodles, but then again, I'm pretty old fashioned...
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
7 Dec 09
Well between you and Rachael Ray you have taught this old dog a few new tricks. I always put some oil in my pasta to keep it from sticking together. I won't any more. Rachael says to put some of the cooking water from the noodles in the sauce to help it to stick to the noodles. Now I know why my noodles would not keep the sauce on it. and that is the reason I never cared much for spaghetti. Mine was always so sauceless. It ended up on the plate. Great discussion by the way
@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
8 Dec 09
did you see the above response? It explains how and why noodles stick... I just couldn't ever get the roomie to put a reasonable amount of noodles to water ratio, and they stuck - duhhhh
@riyasam (16582)
• India
7 Dec 09
thats quite a useful site,my kids love to have sauce all over their noodles,i tried the homemade sauce but they like the ones we get in the market.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
7 Dec 09
I like sauce all over my noodles, but I don't like much more than a good coating of sauce, always have been that way
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
6 Dec 09
Pasta and sauce is like cake and frosting. Some people believe that the pasta, like the cake, is just a convenient carrier for the sauce (or frosting). Others think the other way around. Because today's focus is on eating healthier, more emphasis is going to be put on the pasta because it's fat-free unlike the sauces. Go back 50 or 80 years, and I bet the thought process was reversed. Back when life was more labor intensive, more fats would have been needed for energy. Even in today's health-driven society I can dispute that it's the pasta all the time though. And I can do it in one word. Lasagna.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
6 Dec 09
I think that people can be both healthy with noodles (carbs) and sauces (some heavy with fats) I do think that some people over cook their noodles, but also under cook them. and the lasagna my mom made, while it had a yummy sauce, was pretty noodle-y too...
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
6 Dec 09
Hey Elic! I do everything wrong according to this article! I don't like my pasta al dente, I like it cooked more! I break my spaghetti in half! And I eat pasta with my sauce! I was never really great at following rules anyway! And I was going marry an Italian and we would always fight about the pasta! I hated that it wasn't cooked enough for my taste! And it's so funny because guess what I'm cooking right now! Yup, spaghetti with sauce and fried pork chops! And I already broke the spaghetti in half and will be having my sauce in a big old bowl with some spaghetti in it! My boyfriend laughs at me all the time when I do it!
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
6 Dec 09
I agree that I like my noodles a little more cooked, but not so much it "sticks to the wall" yuk anyway! But I never break my noodles, I like to twirl!
@Hatley (157768)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Dec 09
hi elicbxn oh definitely its all about the noodles to me they have to be barollis pasta plus spaghetti no other brand will do and no not all noodles are alike,they have different composition. barollis has added protein and they are so good, and they also have omega 3 and 6 oils that are needed inour bodies for good health. other noodles do not have these added goodies and they taste it too. no it must be barollis for me and that is really great eating with tomato spaghetti sauce with lots of basil oregano and garlic, lots of garlic and some olive oil too.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
6 Dec 09
Not picky about noodles myself, I'm cheap!
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
13 Dec 09
I think I recall responding to this discussion also. I like noodles but I have to have my sauce also. I understand alot of people really like the pasta taste alot better but the sauce it what makes my noodles taste so much better. I understand what you are saying though.
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@eddify (413)
• Pakistan
12 Dec 09
I would agree as I love pasta no matter what and whenever u cook a receipe you should always follow the rules set by the maker not what you introduce to it. So if they say its pasta with the sauce and not the other way round then you should listen to them.
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