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Absorption Cooking, or Cooking Pasta Without Boiling Water

Have You Ever Boiled Pasta Without Using Water?

Homemade ravioli is only part of my recent fixation with expanding my pasta know-how. I've read many times that boiling pasta directly in sauce (that is, without using any water) is one way to infuse more flavor into the starch. I've yet to try it — but that might be in the cards for tonight. Have you?

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GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Nope because I like my spaghetti sauce thick and chunky and there isn't enough water to cook the pasta right.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I've only done it with lasagna recipes. I made the sauce extra thin and used uncooked noodles so they end up cooking right in the pan. It turned out pretty good...nice and al dente.
partysugar partysugar 6 years
The times that I cooked pasta in something other than water it was very flavorful and basically an entirely new pasta experience. I used Michael Chiarello's recipe for the pasta cooked in wine.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 6 years
I like more sauce then my husband in our pasta to sauce ratio, so I don't know if this would work.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
.........but I have "cooked" pasta without using agua..........
ayuninur ayuninur 6 years
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
I generally cook my pasta a few minutes short of al dente and then finish in a pot of hot sauce, but I never thought to cook it all the way - as others mentioned, I imagine it taking way too long - but probably being delicious! I often cook rice in a mixture of water and broth - but never pasta...interesting.
lawchick lawchick 6 years
I imagine that would take a looooong time. One of my favorite recipes, though, calls for cooking the pasta most of the way in water (still a bit harder than al dente) then finishing it up in the cream sauce. It is delicious.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
No, but my nonna taught us to undercook and finish it in the sauce and that's what I do except when serving pesto. Mangia!
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
No. Inneresting! You'll have to let us know how it turns out! And Party, how did the broth and wine versions turn out?
partysugar partysugar 6 years
I've never cooked pasta in just sauce, but I have boiled it in chicken broth and wine.
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