No To Soggy Spaghetti, Yes to Al Dente

@salonga (27955)
Philippines
December 11, 2015 8:46am CST
In our country, spaghetti is the most favorite pasta dish. I myself do love spaghetti, but only when the pasta is Italian because it is certainly al dente or firm to the bite. Italian pasta is made with semolina flour, which is milled from hard wheat called durum wheat which explains why it remains strong and elastic even when cooked. I wonder why there are people who sacrifice the quality of their spaghetti by using lower quality of pasta and I mean regular pasta made of refined wheat. I know this kind of pasta is cheaper but the quality is certainly poor. Who would prefer eating soggy over al dente pasta? By the way I also don’t eat spaghetti even if the pasta is al dente when the sauce contains hotdogs, ham or any processed food. Are you very particular about your pasta and its sauce?
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22 responses
• United States
11 Dec 15
I love my pasta al dente and usually make my own sauce and certainly don't put hot dogs in it
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
11 Dec 15
I will certainly love eating your pasta@Marilynda
@LadyDuck (177119)
• Switzerland
11 Dec 15
I am Italian, I would never eat pasta that is not good quality and not made with durum wheat. Only egg noodles and lasagna sheets can be made with a all purpose flour.
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@MALUSE (43661)
• Uzbekistan
11 Dec 15
I've had guided tours in two pasta factoried in Apulia with groups of students. One was an enormous Barilla plant in Foggia. They also make coloured pasta but told us that only overseas Italians like it.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
11 Dec 15
@LadyDuck you are an Italian so you know for sure which is the best pasta.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
11 Dec 15
@MALUSE I am not an Italian but I have seen coloured pasta in our market but I have never really tried them.
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• Midland, Michigan
12 Dec 15
My husband won't eat any noodles even or especially spaghetti when it's cooked al dente. He likes his softer as he doesn't have a lot of teeth to chew his food. He may get a new lower plate next year, we've not decided yet as it's just under a thousand dollars. A bit steep for my pocket book. I also eat sauce with processed meats in it. One brand is particularly yummy and I'm not home long enough to cook for each meal, so we can't be that picky or we'd go hungry.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
13 Dec 15
Lower plate is that expensive! Oh my goodness! Many people are like you. Not picky at all.
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@whiteream (3800)
• United States
11 Dec 15
I am not Italian but if you came to my house for dinner you would think I was. I make many different Italian dishes.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
12 Dec 15
Wow, I must visit you one time! I so love Italian dishes.
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@whiteream (3800)
• United States
12 Dec 15
@salonga Anytime, I like to cook and only have two people to cook for. I love having people over. I like making cookies and cakes. Do you like to cook?
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
12 Dec 15
@whiteream Thanks, I wish I could really visit you one time and taste your cookies and cake. I just love them. I certainly do love cooking too, especially cooking for guests. I am happy when I see people enjoying the food I prepared. I also do cook for 2 people only every day except weekends when some relatives come over.
@ridingbet (59651)
• Philippines
14 Dec 15
i eat any spaghetti preparations, even the one in pouch, like ITNOK?
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
14 Dec 15
You are not very choosy like me. You won't go hungry lol!
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@ridingbet (59651)
• Philippines
16 Dec 15
@salonga yes, I eat anything my dear. as long as they are cooked and pass my taste. I even like to eat the beetle (salagubang) when roasted, but the larvae, count me out. eeewww!
@wiLLmaH (8236)
• Singapore, Singapore
13 Dec 15
Al dente eversince. I do not forget it to mentioned to waiters whenever I am ordering a pesto or white sauce pasta. Maybe that's why that information inculcated to husband. Whenever he cooks, he knew what should he do with my pasta. :)
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
14 Dec 15
Your husband cooks spaghetti! So nice of him.
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@wiLLmaH (8236)
• Singapore, Singapore
16 Dec 15
@salonga Our food last night is spaghetti. He wants me to cook the pasta if he wants a sour red sauce.
@SIMPLYD (83290)
• Philippines
13 Dec 15
Oh yes, i love spaghetti ! But unlike you , even is it's a bit soggy , i would still eat it because it's one of my favorites . What i don't like is a spaghetti that is sweet and also with hotdogs .
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
13 Dec 15
Kids love spaghetti with some sweetness, they call it Filipino style but me... I love Italian style.
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@SIMPLYD (83290)
• Philippines
15 Dec 15
@salonga That's how the taste of kids are . Me too i prefer the Italian style .
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Dec 15
Our spaghetti sauce is homemade. My brother makes it all from scratch and the meat is either sausage or ground beef. Sometimes both.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
13 Dec 15
We can always make sauce from scratch and it tastes great just the same.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
17 Dec 15
@salonga Yes, nothing better than homemade.
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@sofssu (14447)
12 Dec 15
i hate soggy pasta too.. Al dente is the way to go.. I love it with home made sauces.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
12 Dec 15
Al dente pasta and Homemade sauce make a perfect combination.
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@sofssu (14447)
14 Dec 15
@salonga They sure do.. I made a nice spaghetti dinner this weekend.. I read a couple of other posts about spaghetti and that made me crave for some.
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@BelleStarr (39695)
• United States
12 Jan 16
I rarely eat spaghetti, my husband prefers macaroni but we eat that al dente.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
12 Jan 16
Even macaroni could be soggy but I want it firm too.
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@PatZAnthony (13056)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Dec 15
Some just seem to like 'squishy' food, so soggy spaghetti is okay for them.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
13 Dec 15
You are right. They don't care whether be it soggy or not, they just eat and seem to enjoy.
@TheHorse (72523)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Dec 15
I agree! Al dente rules! And yes, I'm particular about my sauce as well.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
13 Dec 15
I like that statement "Al Dente rules?"
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@PainsOnSlate (20587)
• Canada
12 Dec 15
My husband the chef cooks it to perfection, it is rinsed and laid on a platter, mixed with butter (the real deal) and sprinkled with Romano Cheese. The sauce is served on the side. I have one child who loves it that way and never adds sauce but loves the meatballs cooked in the sauce,
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
13 Dec 15
I have a niece who also eats without sauce, only olive oil and cheese.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
12 Dec 15
Absolutely, spaghetti has to be firm and I use real tomato to make a sauce, with garlic and onion and Italian herbs, once all is cooked I then just grate cheese over it.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
13 Dec 15
Your spaghetti sauce is my kind of sauce.
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@Lucky15 (33698)
• Philippines
11 Dec 15
I am. The pasta should still have a bite when i eat it and not like almost swallow because it is soggy :( want the italian sauce always :)
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
12 Dec 15
Exactly! I want a real spaghetti bite.
@marlina (78196)
• Canada
11 Dec 15
We eat our pasta al dente only with our homemade sauce.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
12 Dec 15
Homemade sauce is always the best. Even if al dente if the sauce is not good, it is still not a delightful spaghetti.
@jstory07 (70076)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Dec 15
I always use semolina flour and look for it on the package when I buy spaghetti noodles. It is better when you make spaghetti.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
11 Dec 15
I also do read carefully and I don't care even if the other brands are cheaper.
@amadeo (73525)
• United States
11 Dec 15
I am 100%Italian.I also would not eat it if it was not el dente.I send it back if I was out. In Italy the quality of their pasta is excellent.Not as heavy here in the states. I love pasta.Rigatoni was of my favorites along with the others.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
11 Dec 15
I wish I could visit Italy to taste excellent pasta.
@MALUSE (43661)
• Uzbekistan
11 Dec 15
Although I'm married to an Italian, I prefer potatoes to pasta.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
11 Dec 15
Does this mean potato is the staple food in Germany?
@Tampa_girl7 (26237)
• United States
12 Jan 16
I don't care for firm spaghetti.
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