Cooking Pasta...

@crishabs (111)
Philippines
February 25, 2007 7:32pm CST
Guys, I just want to ask if you combine all the sauce and the noodles just before serving. Usually when I cook pasta, it's good enough for lunch and dinner so my problem is by dinner time, the noodles have already absorbed the sauce. I wonder if it because I overcooked the noodles so it absorbs more or noodles are just like that so I just have to set aside the noodles from the sauce? Does cooking the noodles "al dente" refrain it from absorbing the sauce? Thanks
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@mcaf1970 (140)
• Philippines
26 Feb 07
no, i don't combine. they are in separate containers. it spoils easily if you combine the sauce & the noodles. the best is only combine the 2 if they will be consumed right away. you my topped or sprinkle it with grated cheese after you mixed the sauce & noodles for nice presentation. lunch is hrs away from dinner. when dinner comes just reheat the sauce & the noodles. reheat the cooked but cold noodles by putting the noodles in a strainer & pour in the boiled water. let it drip. the sauce, reheat it in a microwave oven or on stove. no, whether you overcooked it or not, the noodles will still absorb the sauce. don't forget to refrigerate the sauce & the noodles just in case there are extra sauce & noodles left. use del monte products (for pasta). it doesn't overcooked even if minutes has passed after the prescribed period of cooking the pasta. tried & tested. that's why i only use del monte pasta.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
I have never tired reheating pasta by pouring boiling water over it! I'll have to try that.
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@nrnotrare (631)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Hello crishabs.... The easiest way to prevent this is to just cook enough noodles for one meal at a time. Tom
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@crishabs (111)
• Philippines
26 Feb 07
yah. That would be best. But sometimes it's tiring to cook for lunch then again on dinner and it's also time consuming. So i usually cook dinner then have left overs for lunch. :) but thanks for that idea.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
even al dente noodles will abosorb the sauce, you really should keep them apart until you are ready to serve them. If you have to put them togeather try coating the noodles with olive oil to keep the sauce from being absorbed.
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@crishabs (111)
• Philippines
26 Feb 07
Thanks so much for that info. I'll do that next time i cook pasta :)
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• United States
26 Feb 07
well to be honest i've grown up with my mother combining both the noodle and the sauce. so now that i'm grown i've done the same thing. yes it does spoil but it don't last that long in our house for it to spoil. when i cook my pasta i like to eat it a day after it was made to let it marinate. it's taste so good a day later. just about a day ago was the first time in history that i kept it seperated from one another and i must tell you it was better. i went to culinary college and i do things different now. i say keep it seperate. if you do combine then add the olive oil to the noodles first.
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@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
26 Feb 07
Gee...add the pasta and let it soak up the sauce. The end result depends on how wet or how thick the sauce is. If it's thick and become tacky, you need to add water a tiny bit at a time while re-heating till it's at stirring consistency then let it simmer with the lid on till it's hot enough. Even if it is already able to be stirred you'll find that as you re-heat the sauce will be absorbed so you'll still need a bit of water to make it work. I make my sauces very rich so a little water to dilute does no harm to the flavour...besides all the flavours have worked through the dish while it's been standing.
• United States
26 Feb 07
i usually cook pasta al dente . .. when the menu is good for baking i will mix the pasta & the sauce then add with cheese & bacon bits then bake for few minutes.... but when the sauce recipe is not the type that is good to mix ahead before serving i will put the sauce in a separate bowl from the pasta. i think al dente pasta will just absorb the sauce equally when you didn't put too much oil when you cook it with water. the spaghetti that is sweet style is the one flavor that our family would love to mix the pasta & sauce ahead!
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@johnnyq (11)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I think you should make extra sauce so when it comes time for dinner you can heat up the pasta and just add in the extra you made to it.
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@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I combine my meat sauce and pasta right after I serve it. I prefer it when the noodles have absorbed some of the sauce. I think it helps mix the flavors. I also prefer pasta as leftovers for that very reason.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
I never combine all my sauce at one time. I usually cook the pasta with a small amount of olive oil, add a small amount of sauce and stir to mix. When it is time to serve, I heat the rest of the sauce and have the person add as much as they want when it is time to serve it.
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• Philippines
26 Feb 07
no i served it seperately
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@brimia (6585)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I usually combine them all together right after cooking. It does end up absorbing most of the sauce after sitting a while.
• Canada
27 Feb 07
I always like to combine the sauce with the pasta, but I do it just before serving only. Another way for you to do it would be to combine what you're planning to eat for one meal in a separate bowl, and then leave whatever you're going to have for Dinner in separate containers till then. This also makes it easier to reheat both the pasta and the sauce should you want to.
@cafay1 (257)
• United States
26 Feb 07
In my house when I serve it I put enough sauce on it to flavor it and keep it from getting sticky. Then I have a serving bowl of sauce for everyone to take the amount that they like. Some like a lot of sauce and some do not. Makes everybody happy. Then I just store the leftovers seperate.
@peddhie (110)
• Australia
26 Feb 07
I think pasta or noodle is much better if you serve at the timeyou want to eat. I always find that if I reheat pasta that's already with the sauce in it, always doesn't taste as nice as when you serve straight away from the pan.