Italian immigrants introduced cooking pasta to the United States in the 1920s. Marco Palo introduced pasta to Italy after a visit to China and enjoyed eating noodles. Although you may be surprised to know that the best pasta in the world is produced in Russia and is called "amber Durham."
With the wide variety of pasta machines and pasta cookwares on the market today the variety of pasta dishes and recipes are only limited by your imagination. Pasta has gained popularity over the years, not just because of the variety and delicious Authentic Italian Recipes it's also convenient, extremely inexpensive and nutritional.
Besides making your own pasta you can also find a wide variety of shapes and sizes of pasta on your grocery shelf. If you are purchasing packaged pasta, an important tip is to never buy pasta that is packaged in clear plastic or has a plastic window to see through. That's because the light will cause the pasta to lose many of its nutrients. Find a pasta that comes in a box or bag with no clear window.
Here are a few of Grandma's tips and tricks on cooking pasta:
Purchase a stainless steel pasta pot with the colender inside, it makes the task of draining the pasta so much easier and safer. All you have to do is lift the pasta out of the boiling water and give a few shakes to drain the excess water. Pasta cookware has become an important part of your kitchen tools.
Keep a nice variety of authentic italian food on hand so when cooking pasta your time is wasted on shopping for odds and ends. Read the hints and tips at Grandma's Italian Kitchen
for stocking up on the right ingredients.
Grandma's Authentic Italian Recipe for Homemade Pasta
When making fresh pasta a good pasta machine makes the process so much easier but you can always use an old fashioned rolling pin and a pizza cutter to form the shape you desire. Rememeber Pasta cooking time is different with fresh homemade pasta, it only takes a few minutes.
Pasta is composed of several ingredients but the main ingredient is the flour. The coarsest part of the wheat is seminola. Pasta dough need to be very stiff and is therefore only 25% water compared to bread dough, which is about 40% water. Durum Wheat Seminola is the choice of most of the better quality pastas and contains very low percentage of starch and high percentage of protein. The gluten matrix is very strong since the protein does not have to compete with the starch for the moisture. Because the protein is strong it can be extruded by machine without falling apart. Standard flour pasta is easily broken and is the poorer quality product.
Grandma's Authentic Italian Homemade Pasta Recipe
Cooking pasta isn't that difficult. It just takes practice and a bit of patience, let your imagination soar and create your own family recipes. If you need a few ideas for some really tasty Authentic Italian Recipes then by all means check out the rest of Grandma's Kitchen for some easy pasta recipes.
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