We're going to go out on a limb here and assume you've cooked pasta at least once or twice in your life (or this week). It's up there with scrambled eggs and peanut butter on toast as food even the most kitchen-averse people can manage to prepare.
We're also going to guess that you've cooked pasta the same way we all have: Grab a large pot, fill it with water, add a dash of salt if you're feeling fancy, and wait for the water to boil. Then wait a little longer. Hold on for just another couple minutes. Peek under the lid of the pot to check for bubbles. And eventually get impatient enough to turn the stovetop off and reach for a cookie.
Well, hold onto your ladles, ladies and gentleman. We just discovered food author Harold McGee's pasta hack to end all pasta hacks — one that'll cook your noodles in a fraction of the time. Here's how it works:
Step 1: Traditionalists, forget everything you know and reach for a frying pan instead of a pot.
Step 2: Put your pasta in the pan. (Yes, before the water!)
Step 3: Pour one-to-two quarts of cold water (the temperature prevents spaghetti from sticking together) into the pan, depending on how much pasta you're making. The water should cover the noodles by half an inch or so.
Step 4: Turn your burner to medium-high heat, and stir occasionally.
That's it! Your pasta will cook in about 10 minutes, plus there's an added bonus: You'll be left with just enough starchy water to make an incredibly delicious sauce.
And that, friends, is called using your noodle.
Via: Cosmopolitan UK