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6 Tips for How to Cook Pasta Perfectly (Page 5)

Rinse Right After Cooking or Skip?

4. Rinse Right After Cooking or Skip?

If you are going to use the pasta right away (within a minute or two) you can skip rinsing altogether. But rinsing pasta right after it leaves the pot is a good idea if you don’t plan on serving it right away or you are cooking it with the intention of serving it cold (for a pasta salad, for instance). Not only does rinsing cool it down and stop the cooking process, but it washes some of the loose starch off the pasta itself, which prevents it from sticking together as it cools.

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