The next time you make pasta, instead of waiting for a huge pot of water to boil before adding pasta, consider starting with cold water and a large frying pan to make the pasta perfect, quick and with just enough pasta boil water. the pan for a sauce that matches your meal.
Harold McGee, author of The Keys to Good Cooking, tells CHOW that you can save time, energy and water by adding the pasta to the pan, by pouring a quarter and a half of cold water (starting with cold water the paste to hold) and raise the heat. Stir the pasta regularly, but it will boil in a fraction of the time it takes to bring a large amount of water to the boil and then boil the pasta in the boiling water.
As a bonus, you have just enough thick, starchy dough water in the pan if you remove the pasta that you can use for a butter and cream sauce or garlic Parmesan sauce. Better yet, add some cheese, butter and black pepper and use it to make Cacio e Pepe, one of my favorite quick pasta dishes.
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