Is My Pasta Sweating?

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"When I prepare spaghetti noodles, I drain them in a colander and do not rinse them. When I put them on a serving plate and spoon the tomato-based sauce over them, a watery puddle forms in the bottom of the plate!"

Actually, that puddle of water simply got trapped with the pasta in your colander. Here's a very easy fix: when you drain the pasta in the colander, shake it a bunch of times, allowing the noodles to toss around. Water trapped between the strands will get a chance to escape. The more you toss the pasta over the colander, the less water you end up with on the plate. It also helps to use a nice big colander.

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Marge Perry
May, 2010
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