Introduction: Is My Spaghetti Ready? Wall Test
I wanted to test out an old wives tale to see if it's true, that pasta sticks to the wall when it reaches perfect done-ness. I am happy to report that it works!
If you like your pasta very al dente, than this isn't the technique for you. But if you enjoy a 'just' chewy noodle like I do, then you're about to have the most fun you've ever had making that perfect-for-you plate of noodle goodness.
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Step 1: Get the Motor Running
A.k.a., boil some water.
TIP: Adding some salt to the water helps speed up the boiling process.
Step 2: Add the Ghetti
Add spaghetti noodles to the water once it's boiled. As the bottom half of the noodles start to soften, use a fork to gently twirl and push down the pasta until it is all under water. Doing this sooner rather than later helps ensure that each noodle cooks evenly.
Step 3: Boxing
Look to your pasta box or packaging for a rough cooking time guideline. If you're in a high altitude region, cooking time will be longer.
Step 4: Testing, Testing
If the cooking time listed on your packaging is 10-12 minutes, start testing for readiness at about 7 minutes. Starting this early will mean more tosses, which of course = more fun!! Tossing one noodle a minute worked well, but if you want to turn up the fun dial, once you pass 10 minutes, you can test every 30 seconds.
To do the 'Is My Spaghetti Ready? Wall Test', remove one noodle from the pot using a fork. Give it a little swing in the air and then place it in the hand attached to your throwing arm. Wind up and toss the noodle at a nearby wall! If it doesn't stick, it's not ready yet. Repeat until one sticks!
Step 5: It's Ready!
Now all that's left to do is drain, add sauce and dig in.
Happy food play!