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11 Genius Ways To Cook Pasta You've Never Heard Of

Warning: untraditional pasta preparations ahead. Sorry not sorry, Italy.

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1. Toast your pasta in the oven before boiling it.

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It sounds crazy, but toasting your pasta in the oven adds a nutty, deep flavor without any additional ingredients. Simply bake dried pasta in a 350° oven for 10-15 minutes before boiling it. You will be shocked at just how much flavor this simple technique adds!

See a step-by-step guide to toasting pasta here.

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2. Or toast your pasta in a dry pan before cooking.

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For a quicker alternative to toasting pasta in the oven, try toasting pasta in a dry pan for just five minutes. This speedy technique is quick, but adds tons of flavor.

See the full video here.

3. Cook your pasta in cheap red wine for an intense flavor and vibrant color.

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Cooking pasta in red wine not only adds a delicious flavor, but a stunning burgundy color as well. Use a full-bodied wine such as cabernet or merlot for this technique and don't bother using an expensive bottle.

See the full recipe here.

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4. Mimic the texture of fresh pasta by presoaking it in cold water for 30 minutes.

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Pasta that has been presoaked in cold water mimics the delightful chew of the fresh stuff. And because the pasta is partially hydrated, you can quickly cook it in sauce for an easy one-pot meal.

See the recipe for Skillet Baked Ziti using soaked pasta here.

5. Fry parboiled lasagna noodles to make chips.

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http://hungryfoodlove.com/2014/10/23/lasagna-chips/

The perfect snack for when you're craving both chips AND pasta.

Get the recipe here.

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6. Boil your pasta in milk to take your creamy pasta dishes to the next level.

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Boiling pasta in milk results in perfectly al dente and ridiculously creamy pasta. Try it next time you're making an alfredo sauce and you'll never go back to boiling pasta in water again.

Get the recipe for One-Pot Chicken Spinach Bacon Alfredo here and try the technique for yourself.

7. Turn your pasta into ramen with baking soda.

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Boil thin noodles such as spaghetti or angel hair in one gallon of water spiked with one tablespoon of baking soda. When they are done, give them a quick rinse under cold water and voilà: perfectly chewy ramen!

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8. Boil your pasta in seasoned stock for an instant flavor boost.

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Boiling pasta in a flavorful liquid allows the pasta to absorb a ton of flavor during the cooking process. Use beef broth for heartier dishes like bolognese or vegetable stock for lighter pastas like carbonara.

9. Transform pasta into crispy snacks by deep-frying it.

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Cooked pasta transforms into a whole new craveable carb after taking a swim in a 350° fryer. Serve as a crunchy, cracker-like snack or try crumbling on top of your favorite pasta dishes for extra crunch.

Get the recipe for Bowtie Pasta Crunchies here and start frying!

10. Cook your pasta in sauce rather than water for maximum flavor absorption.

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Cooking pasta in it's own sauce allows the pasta to absorb as much flavor as possible. Try this technique with cream-based sauces and you'll never bother with boiling water again.

See the full recipe here.

11. Cook your pasta like risotto for a noodle-based take on the classic.

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https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/quick-simple-pasta-risotto-with-herbed-roasted-chickpeas/

Cooking small pastas such as ditalini, orzo or orecchiette in place of arborio rice makes for a delicious, noodle-based take on classic risotto.

Get the recipe for Pasta Risotto With Herb Roasted Chickpeas here.

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