How to Cook & Make Pasta

How to Cook & Make Pasta

Course Description

Pasta is one of the most loved dishes around the world. In Italy, eating a plate of pasta is a daily ritual – a plate of properly-cooked pasta that is. Remarkably, however, most people inadvertently have been eating improperly cooked pasta for most of their lives.

In this course, you will learn the essentials in order to properly select and cook pasta, including the anatomy of wheat and how gluten works. You will learn how to cook both dried and fresh pasta and how to test each type for doneness. You will also learn how to properly drain, sauce and serve pasta.You will be introduced to how to make your own fresh pasta at home, and finally, you will learn how to match different sauces to the type of pasta you are cooking.

Even though cooking pasta is perceived to be very simple, you may be quite surprised to find out how many mistakes are commonly made. If pasta is a mainstay in your culinary repertoire, this course is sure to change the way you enjoy it.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the properties of gluten
  • Identify the anatomy of wheat
  • Identify different types of pasta and know how to select the best quality
  • Become proficient at making your own pasta from scratch
  • Practice pasta skills with a variety of different recipes

Course Syllabus

Pasta Essentials

In this course, you will learn about gluten, how extruded and laminated pasta are made, the differences between them and when you might choose one over the other. You will also learn how to cook extruded and laminated pasta to perfection, every time.

Orientation
  • Course Orientation
  • Task 1: Welcome to The Rouxbe Cooking School
  • Task 2: Course Orientation & Objectives
  • Task 3: Complete Your Course Self Assessment
  • Task 4: Rouxbe Pre-Assessment
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Wheat & Gluten

Wheat is one of the most common grains used in everyday foods.

In this lesson, you get an inside look into gluten, the magical component in wheat that enables us to make so many wonderful products. You will learn what gluten is, where it comes from, and when gluten is and isn’t your friend.

  • Wheat & Gluten
  • Task 5: Wheat & Gluten Video Lesson
  • Task 6: Image Select Activity
  • Task 7: Store Observation Activity
  • Task 8: Prepare Pancake Batter
  • Task 9: Label the Wheat Diagram
  • Task 10: Practice Quiz
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How to Select Pasta

In this lesson, you will learn how extruded and laminated pasta are made, the differences between them and when you might choose one over the other. By understanding how pasta is made and knowing how to identify quality pasta, you are guaranteed to have the best pasta-eating experiences.

  • How to Select Pasta
  • Task 11: How to Select Pasta Video Lesson
  • Task 12: Shopping Activity
  • Task 13: Practice Quiz
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How to Cook Pasta

In this lesson, you will learn the essential skills and techniques to properly cook pasta, how to cook dried and fresh pasta and how to test each type for doneness. You will also learn how to match different sauces to the type of pasta you are cooking.

  • How to Cook Pasta
  • Task 14: How to Cook Pasta Video Lesson
  • Task 15: Quality Olive Oils for Pasta
  • Task 16: Reorder Sequence Activity
  • Task 17: Pasta Cooking Comparison
  • Task 18: Cooking & Testing for Doneness Activity
  • Task 19: Make Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
  • Task 20: Lesson Practice Recipes
  • Task 21: Mid-Term Quiz
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How to Make Fresh Pasta | Laminated Pasta

In this lesson, you will learn about the types of flour used to make pasta. You will learn how to make pasta dough by hand and by using a food processor. You will also learn how to knead the dough, roll it through a pasta machine and various ways to cut and shape it. Finally, you will learn how to vary the color of pasta dough, so you can add interesting flavor and color to your cooking.

  • How to Make Fresh Pasta | Laminated Pasta
  • Task 22: How to Make Fresh Pasta | Laminated Pasta
  • Task 23: Make Your Own Laminated Pasta
  • Task 24: Make Pasta Boscaiola
  • Task 25: Additional Practice Recipes for Laminated Pasta
  • Task 26: Practice Quiz
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How to Make Tomato Sauce

In this lesson, you will learn how to make tomato sauce using just a few quality ingredients. Once you learn how to choose and prepare these ingredients, you will learn the very simple techniques necessary to build a sauce that has a rich and pure tomato flavor.

  • How to Make Tomato Sauce
  • Task 27: How to Make Tomato Sauce
  • Task 28: Make Spaghetti and Meatballs with Vegetarian Option
  • Task 29: Lesson Practice Recipes
  • Task 30: Practice Quiz
Review
  • Course Review and Final Assessment
  • Task 31: Course Review & Final Exam Preparation
  • Task 32: Final Course Assessment Quiz

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