Last week we had one of those nights. I got back from work late. Our toddler’s tummy was rumbling and we didn’t want to give him a snack or he wouldn’t eat dinner at all. Oh, he was a cranky toddler.
We were going to grill for dinner and all of a sudden, a very menacing thunderstorm approached. I didn’t see it on my weather app. Surely it couldn’t rain if it didn’t say so on my app, right?
We had to change directions, which was fine. I chose the Easy Ham and Cheese Pasta, which we love. We had ham and peas in the freezer, cheese in the fridge, pasta in the cupboard and spices on the rack. We were set.
It’s an easy recipe to begin with, but this time I decided to see if I could cook it even faster. My son’s whining tends to push me toward innovation.
Recently, Huffpost ran an piece on how to cook pasta in less time. Here are the key points:
- Use a frying pan, sauce pan, skillet or the equivalent, instead of your normal pot.
- Put the pasta in first, then add the water. (The instructions said just enough water to cover the pasta. I added a bit more than that.)
- Turn on the burner and boil until done.
First, by using a frying pan there is more surface to heat and it takes less time for the water to boil. I definitely noticed a difference in the time it took to heat the water.
Second, the noodles start to cook from the time you turn on the burner.
Pasta doesn’t take long to make but this saved me about 4-5 minutes from the total time.
I can see how it would be a sin to cook like this if you are serious about your pasta. Or, if you are making a very large batch. I agree that the tried-and-true way would work best.
This trick is absolutely perfect if you are cooking a quick meal for a hungry family. I’ve used this a few times since then and it’s the only way I’ll cook pasta now.
Here is a YouTube Video to see exactly how it’s done.
Life Hack: Cook pasta in half the time!
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