How to cook Fresh Pasta – a simple guide

Find out how to cook fresh pasta?  Yes, cooking fresh pasta is not quite the same as cooking dried pasta. It’s actually faster.

Follow the few steps below on how to cook fresh pasta and you won’t go far wrong. We have more articles to help you make, cook and store fresh pasta.

Step 1 – Bring a large pan of water to the boil – and salt it

The pan must be large enough to allow the individual pasta strips to boil unhindered. Otherwise, they will stick together. Make sure that you put plenty of salt in the water unless you are on a low sodium diet. This will season the pasta nicely.

Step 2 – Boil the pasta

Once the water has reached a vigorous boil and salt as been added, you can then start to add the pasta to the boiling water. There is no need to add oil of any kind. Some people do add oil to prevent sticking but this is not necessarily if you have a large enough pan.

Simply add the pasta a bit at a time. The time it will take to cook depends on several things:

  • The thickness of the pasta dough – thicker takes a litte longer
  • How dry the pasta dough is – dryer dough also takes a little longer
  • How big the pan is – if the pan is too small it takes a little longer
  • The mixture used – this is interesting because egg pasta takes longer than pasta made without eggs (vegan pasta)

In general it will take from 30 seconds to 4 minutes but normally expect it to take 2 minutes until al-dente.

Step 3 – Serve the Pasta

When you are happy that the pasta is cooked the way you like it (try it to be sure) simply strain the pasta through a sieve and serve. If you dish requires you to return the pasta to the pan to mix with the sauce, back it goes.

Note – you may wish to put aside a cup of pasta water to use with your pasta sauce in case it gets a little dry when adding to the pan.

That’s it. Now you know how to cook fresh pasta.

Bon appétit!