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Lesson Overview

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 lesson, you will learn the essentials in order to properly cook pasta. 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. 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 lesson is sure to change the way you enjoy it.

Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • list the key essentials for cooking pasta
  • cook pasta to perfection every time
  • properly sauce pasta
  • explain what al dente is and how it’s achieved
  • match pasta sauce with specific pasta shapes for pasta recipes

Course Syllabus

START: Watch Lesson Platform Tour
1. Introduction: How to Cook Pasta Video Lesson 2 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. Pasta Cooking Essentials 20 mins
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4. Cooking & Testing Dried, Extruded Pasta 20 mins
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5. Cooking & Testing Laminated Pasta 2 mins
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6. Draining Pasta 30 mins
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7. How to Sauce Pasta 20 mins
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8. Matching Sauces to Pasta 20 mins
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9. Quality Olive Oils for Pasta 5 mins
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10. Practice Activities & Recipes 45 mins
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11. Lesson Quiz 5 mins
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Finish Line 2 hrs 51 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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