I may be opening a can of worms with this Kitchen Tip. So I need to explain myself fully.
When Nate’s mom, Pat, was in town, we were cooking pasta and my pot kept foaming up and boiling over. She said, “If you put a little oil in the water, it won’t do that.” So, this past weekend, I gave that little tip a try and it worked like a CHARM.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, I remember someone telling me you shouldn’t put oil in the water, that it doesn’t do anything, that the pasta will get slimy, etc, etc. Here’s the deal.
Many think putting oil in the water will keep the pasta from sticking together. This, in fact, is NOT true. Oil in the water has no impact on the stickiness of the pasta. The best thing to do for that problem is to stir the vigorously-boiling pasta a few times, especially near the start of cooking. And throw a dab of butter or olive oil on the pasta after it is drained. Although, the experts may say that your sauce will not adhere to the pasta as well. Whatever. Doesn’t seem to matter to me.
Which brings me to my next point. Putting oil in the water will not make your pasta slimy. I put about 1/2 teaspoon of oil in the water. It kept the water from foaming and overflowing…and my pasta was not slimy in the least. The oil all goes to the surface of the water, so it really doesn’t have much interaction with the pasta.
Bottom line…I love this new trick. I’m going to add a bit of olive oil to my pasta water from now on. Thanks, Pat!