Try These Pasta Cooking Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Everyone has their own techniques for cooking pasta, but sometimes it still doesn’t turn out quite right. Check out these hacks from HelloFresh and cook the perfect pasta!

Everyone loves a delicious pasta dish. From Bolognese to chicken carbonara, rich lasagna to creamy alfredo, marinara and napoletana…the list goes on and on. Eating an authentic, well-crafted pasta dish is like a hug for the soul. When cooking pasta at home, everyone has their own techniques and hacks, but sometimes it still turns out slightly off. Thankfully, there are a bunch of ways you can mix up making pasta so it turns out perfectly, and you’ll get to try something new. Try a few of these pasta cooking hacks to make your life easier.

Freeze Cooked Pasta in Portions for Easy Meals

Life is busy, and sometimes you just don’t have the spare time to wait for water to boil, for the pasta to cook, strain and be prepared…Instead, cook plain pasta on the weekend and place portions in click zip bags to freeze. You can whip these out and heat them up during the week for a quick and easy meal.

Soak Pasta Instead of Boiling for Creamy Pasta Bake or Lasagna

This is a time-saving method for if you’re making a pasta bake or lasagna. Simply soak your chosen pasta or lasagna sheets in a bowl with salt water to soften it for your dish. This saves time on boiling water, straining the pasta, etc. etc. While it’s all soaking, you can prepare the other ingredients.

Give Your Pasta a Fresh Consistency for Something Different

As you’re boiling your pasta, add in a tablespoon of bicarb soda and one of salt to the pot to give it the slightly chewy consistency of ramen noodles, just for something a little different.

Cook Pasta like Risotto to Mix Things Up

Instead of using Arborio or other risotto rice, you can cook pasta as if you’re making risotto, in a shallow pan, adding in stock gradually until it’s all cooked.

Cook it Like You Cook Rice!

Instead of cooking in a huge vat of water as normal, cook in a pot with just enough water to cover the volume of pasta and cover with the lid, stirring occasionally to ensure none is sticking to the bottom. You can add in a stock cube and milk to flavour it, as in this recipe for bacon and mushroom fettucine carbonara.

At HelloFresh, we love pasta. Try out some of our recipes, including this hearty creamy chicken pasta recipe for a healthy and delicious meal.