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Cooking Rice and Pasta Easy Guide

Updated on March 11, 2015

Cooking Rice The Easy Way

There are many different ways to cook rice, and each has it's adherents. The simplest way to cook it is to cook it in a large quantity of water, then drain. However valuable nutrients will be lost in the water. The ways given here retain the rice's nutrients. Timings are for long grain white rice (one part rice to two parts water).

Rice: Wild Long and red amongst others.

Different rices have different flavours when its cooked so experiment to get your taste.
Different rices have different flavours when its cooked so experiment to get your taste. | Source

Quick Tip:

A Quick Tip when using rice in water this way, it may stick to the pan.

a quick tip is to put a drop of oil into the pan first to coat and then it will be non stick for your lovely fluffy rice.

To Steam Rice - Steaming Rice

Put the measured Quantity of salted water in the saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the rice and stir. Bring back to the boil, cover and steam until tender. Remove from the heat and lave for five minutes.

Fluffy delicious steamed rice.
Fluffy delicious steamed rice. | Source

Steamed Rice taste rating

4 stars from 1 rating of Steamed Rice

Do i need to add the salt to the water?

The answer simply is no. You do not need to add it to the waer but the salt does simply 2 beneficial things when it is added. The water temperature is increased when boiling and it also flavors the rice slightly. Now i know from experience that a pinch of salt sprinkled on to rice when its just been cooked makes it taste so much better.

To sauté and steam the rice.

Sauteed rice with vegetables, a simple yet pleasing side dish to any meal
Sauteed rice with vegetables, a simple yet pleasing side dish to any meal | Source

Quick tip:

Don't forget at this stage you can add your veg and this will allow it to be steamed with it not only keeping in the nutrients but also being ready at the precise time you want it.

To sauté the rice:

Heat a little oil or butter in a saucepan over moderate heat. Add the rice and stir to coat the grains. Sauté for 2 or 3 minutes then add the boiling water. Bring back to the boil then cover and steam until tender.

Pasta Time!

Types of short pasta
Types of short pasta

Cooking Pasta the Easy way

Both fresh and dried pasta are cooked in the same way. The golden rules for success are: use plenty of water and keep checking the pasta to make sure it isn't overcooked. Fresh pasta will cook much more quickly than dried. - in 1-4 minutes as opposed to over 5 minutes or more depending on the package instructions.

To test pasta:

To test pasta to see if it is cooked, cut a piece in half. There should be no sign of opaque, uncooked pasta in the center. Alternatively bite it - it should be tender yet still firm. In Italian, this is when it is 'al dente', or to the tooth.

If you are going to cook the pasta further, by baking it in a lasagne fr example, undercook it slightly at the first stage. Pasta for a salad should also be a little undercooked, so that it will not become soggy when it is mixed with the dressing.

Testing spaghetti?

My favourite way to test is to throw it at the tiles and see if it stickes. If it sticks it is done, Simple as. You also get to play with your food and have an excuse.

Cooking Pasta The Easy Way

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Use 4 litres/ 6 pints and 2 teaspoons of salt to 450 grams of pasta. Drop in the pasta all at once and stir to separate the shapes or strands.

Bring the water back to the boil then reduce the heat slightly and boil until the pasta is just done. To test, lift a piece of pasta out with a slotted spoon.

What if i'm cooking Spaghetti?

If you are cooking with spaghetti, allow the ends in the water to soften slightly and then push the rest in as soon as you can. Or like me and a few others out there, you can snap the spaghetti in half and then drop it in. Also you can just teepee it.


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    • gamers prophet profile image

      steven fry 3 years ago from England

      I absolutely love cooking, what iss your favourite pasta recipe?

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love the angel hair spaghetti and pasta, i prefer white rice

    • gamers prophet profile image

      steven fry 3 years ago from England

      Not only that, they are inexpensive foods that are low GI foods that can be used in a various amounts of recipes. i like using sainsburys food rescue and seeing what things i can use these in.

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Good ideas for cooking pasta and rice. I recommend that you try brown rice and whole grain pasta sometime. More nutritious and flavorful.