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Healthy Cooking Tip…

Do not use oil in the water when boiling pasta: It will keep the sauce from sticking to the cooked pasta.

~ Missy Robbins

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Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

15 Comments on Healthy Cooking Tip…

  1. I know better than to put oil in the water, but I do. It is a little, and it helps with the noodles. I don’t want them sticking together.

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  2. I cook my sauce separate from the noodles. I don’t know why, but I put down the noodles, and then put the sauce over it. I don’t like to mix it up. I find that oil in a tiny amount helps. I don’t want to break the habit. My opinion is that each should be separate until served.

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    • Everyone has their own tastes as far as sauce/pasta goes. Sauce on top of plain pasta is a very American way of doing it, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, In my research and experience, Italians mix sauce with their pasta prior to serving. Here is an article for more information:

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      • I’m not Italian. I mix it because when I make pasta, it is usually for a group of people I cook for. I would have to see what they think, and I don’t want to do that. I believe it may be easier, but I will make them separate. They have had it separate for the three years I have cooked for them. No complaints.

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      • As I said in my comment above, there’s nothing wrong with the way you do it. I was simply making you and anyone else who may read the comments, aware of a different way of serving pasta. That’s all. 👍😊


  3. Great pasta tip and I love the conversation in the comments! To keep the pasta from sticking (and to infuse it with flavor before serving) I add a ladle (or two) of cooked sauce to my cooked and drained pasta. Stir together while the pasta is still steaming hot. The hot pasta absorbs the small amount of sauce (instant flavor) and prevents the pasta noodles from sticking together.


  4. Tried it quite useful tip.

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