Should I rinse pasta?
by Paul A. Morris
(Wildwood, New Jersey)
When I was a child and even as a young adult, my mother would RINSE off the hot pasta after she boiled it in hot water, using cold water!
Then I heard that some people wash their pasta before they cook it!
I do NEITHER, but should I rinse my pasta after cooking?
Response: Hi Paul and thanks for the post.
I have heard of people doing this before, and it's of course a very subjective thing, but I've never heard a highly convincing argument for it.
Thus we never rinse our pasta (nor does my mamma-in-law back in Rapallo, Italy) - in most cases if you are eating it immediately I don't really see a need.
The only exceptions I can think of...
• If you oversalted the water, maybe rinsing will help reduce the taste a little.
• If you cooked your pasta too long or you will cook it again (i.e. when baking it in a more advanced dish), rinsing in cold water will stop it continuing to cook.
But generally, we never do, yet our pasta dishes seem to taste pretty buono nonetheless ;-)
Matt - Pasta Recipes Made Easy