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Dinner in 20: Pasta Rosa Verde

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Tips for Perfect Pasta

Sticky rotini? Overcooked penne? Never again! Chef Rocco DiSpirito, a FITNESS advisory board member and author of Rocco Gets Real, shares three tips for cooking the perfect pasta every time.

Measure it out. A serving size of dry noodles is 2 ounces. Most boxes contain a pound, so if you're cooking for two, use one-quarter of the carton; for four people, one-half.

Speed it up. Bring water to a boil, then add pasta and some salt. The mineral raises the temperature of boiling water a few degrees, which reduces cooking time.

Keep it from clumping. Never (ever!) rinse pasta, DiSpirito says. Stir it frequently while it's boiling to keep strands from clinging together, and set a timer so you don't overcook.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2010.


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