Introduction: Quickly Add Extra Flavour to Any Pasta

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This is wildly simple, I don't know how common it is but while boiling up some pasta for dinner I thought it would be worth a go. 

It takes 30 seconds and can add great flavours to the pasta itself, making the end dish way nicer. 

If you use pepper like me your kitchen will smell amazing for the evening

Step 1: Throw Pasta in the Pan As Normal

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As you normally would, there's nothing complicated to do here. 

Step 2: Add Condiments

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I ground a load of pepper in to this one which was really good. 

You could use anything though: 

 - Herbs
 - Spices
 - Chilli peppers
 - Powerful sauces
 - Bay leaves would be very nice

Step 3: Boil As Normal

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You might need to stir more often than usual because of the spices mixed in. 


MaddieJ3 (author)2015-11-25

I always use salt, but never thought of adding other stuff! Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try this!

padawanhilary (author)2012-11-08

SUPER simple! Thank you!

ilpug (author)2012-03-06

Is that Annies Pasta by any chance? Looks like it to me. Or the same type at least.

killerjackalope (author)ilpug2012-03-06

Tesco's bog standard conchigle, get it in a 5KG bag, then go with fusilli and so forth...

I rarely bother with fresh egg pasta unless it's reduced, same on noodles.

Though Asia supermarket has terrifying energy drinks beside noodle nests that are MAZIN. I've gotten distracted a bit here.

ilpug (author)killerjackalope2012-03-07

I am in the US, so they probably don't have it here. We get stuff called Annies that is virtually the same, but they have a rather crazy rabbit as the mascot.

killerjackalope (author)ilpug2012-03-08

You don't have Tesco as far as I know, massive supermarket chain.

It's pretty good pasta and it's four quid for eleven pounds of the stuff...

That would be the conchigle bit, the name of pasta shells, though it wouldn't be shocking to find out the same place makes them if they're a relatively cheap brand. There's a lot of that world wide, sometimes you pick something up and realise it's also something else.

You feel like you've caught some one giggling while drawing a moustache on your driving license... (Ok maybe not that, that's a pretty specific feeling)

ilpug (author)killerjackalope2012-03-09

I. What? Ok.

Yeah, international trade is interesting. Like watching ants fight.

l8nite (author)2012-03-08

Every tv cook says "season the water well" and then only adds salt !! I go with garlic and onion powders or a packaged taco or chili seasoning or whatever goes with what I'm making or my mood

killerjackalope (author)l8nite2012-03-08

Good plan, I find chilli flakes work really well, they soak in flavour and will stick to the pasta when draining, I imagine pepper, chilli and onion powder and a tomatoey sauce would work really well, so the pasta delivers a nice kick as you bite down...

dreadyjazz (author)2012-01-17

I like to cook mine in half water half vegetable broth with a clove or two of garlic.

ZyZZyvette (author)2011-07-24

I like to mix the pasta in with the sauce just before it's finished cooking, so the flavor from the sauce soaks into the pasta a bit. Mixing the pasta with sauce or spices at the end definitely isn't the same... it tastes like pasta mixed with flavor, not flavored pasta. Never tried putting spices in at the beginning, though; I'll have to try it.

mhuston1 (author)ZyZZyvette2011-07-25

When I'm done cooking the sauce I'll use the utensil i was mixing it with (liberally coated with sauce) to stir the noodles until they're finished trying to give them that kick. I can't wait to try this way either!

sunshiine (author)2011-07-11

This sounds really good. I will try it next itme.

Missmaxcady (author)2010-09-24

I did this with chilli flakes the other night:)

Boiled them in to your pasta? How was that... I seem to only use sauces or fresh chillis...

yea it was nice. but i ended up putting more chilli flakes on after for extra taste.

I wonder would seeds work well for the boiling...

hmmm not sure. we should do a joint instructable. "relationships for dummies"

Ha, fixing the bed's going to be the next one at this rate...

Lol, cant wait to see you. Lets make an instructable on breaking the bed first.

Oh it'll be good, lets see, two different Malms from IKEA and what's your bed?

its called the shagmaster 2000

it can call itself whatever it wants, it still won't end up bed shaped.

Kiteman (author)killerjackalope2010-09-25

I say "get a room", but ...

killerjackalope (author)Kiteman2010-09-25

We might listen...

STFU, couples, before I take screenshots and submit it...for crying in the bucket...

Ha, but she's tots awesomez like OMG

gmjhowe (author)killerjackalope2010-09-25

Oh my.. what a comment train.

Full of such wrong.

We have lots of cheap ikea furniture, however, we bought custom solid oak bedroom furniture.

gmjhowe (author)gmjhowe2010-09-25

Also, I have to flag one of the comments, purely for pg13ness.

killerjackalope (author)gmjhowe2010-09-25

Woops, guess we need to remember where we're writing... Good call on the furniture

Kiteman (author)killerjackalope2010-09-25

(Ask him who else has been caught chatting to his better half on the site, even though she was in the same building.)

gmjhowe (author)Kiteman2010-09-25

At least we were not discussing how we destroy furniture in and around the house.

Kiteman (author)gmjhowe2010-09-25

>Remembers comment about PG13, bites tongue<

gmjhowe (author)Kiteman2010-09-25


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lemonie (author)2010-09-26

I cook it properly, drain, then add pepper & butter / oil.


killerjackalope (author)lemonie2010-09-26

Gotta have the butter... adding the pepper during boiling makes for a different taste, try it and see which you prefer, though you need a lot more pepper...

lemonie (author)killerjackalope2010-09-26

I prefer butter, but I have no fridge...


killerjackalope (author)lemonie2010-09-26

Any reason? I'm going to have a try with some sesame oil to see how it is.

lemonie (author)killerjackalope2010-09-26

Just taste, I've not put sesame oil on pasta, but I'm thinking about it now...


killerjackalope (author)lemonie2010-09-26

We have some so its worth a go next time...

Kryptonite (author)2010-09-26

I add seasoning to eggs, which is the easiest way to make the best out of an unborn chicken.

Agreed in full...

Screamo (author)2010-09-25

I usually boil them, and make spaghetti sauce for it O.O

gmjhowe (author)2010-09-25

Another 250 like this and you will have me beat!

Seriously, I do love simple pasta flavourings, a favourite is to treat myself to some proper butter, just mixed in with the pasta right after draining when its still hot.

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