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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17 thoughts on “Healthy Cooking Tip…

    1. If pasta is cooked with enough water and stirred immediately after being put in the water, it won’t stick together. I never use oil in my pasta water and rarely have trouble with it sticking together. Chef’s say that putting oil in water, does prevent the pasta from sticking to each other, but nothing else will stick to it either. Here’s a video from the food network, which discusses oil in pasta water:

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  1. 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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      1. 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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      2. 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. 👍😊


  2. 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.


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