Egg Pasta

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Egg Pasta

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Egg Pasta

Summary

Go with yummy deviled eggs and make this delicious Pasta . Very easy-to-make, Perfect for a hot summer evening or picnic.



Recipe Type:Pasta
Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 30 min

Ingredients:
8 ounces elbow macaroni pasta
4 hard-cooked eggs
1/4 cup roasted red peppers
1/2 cup good-quality mayonnaise/ranch
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Paprika


Instructions


How To Cook Perfect Pasta

Important Rule: Pasta should be prepared just before serving it.


Use a Large Pot:

To cook pasta properly, pasta needs a lot of water. A too-small pot and too little water encourages the pasta to clump and stick together.

Use plenty of water and use only COLD or COOL Water:

Using plenty of water helps to prevent pasta from sticking together by quickly washing away the exuded starch.

Fill that big pot 3/4 full of COLD water or use at least one quart of cold water for every four ounces of dry pasta. Four quarts is a bare minimum per 12-ounce package of pasta, six to eight quarts is ideal.

Bring the pot of cold water to a fast boil:

Covering the pot of cold water with a lid will help bring the water to a boil faster.

Add Salt:


Salting the water makes pasta taste better by bringing out the natural flavor of the pasta. 


Do NOT add oil of any kind. Oil has the unwanted effect of coating the pasta so the sauce will not stick.

Adding the dried pasta:


Add the pasta, all at once, to the boiling salted water, and keep the heat high to bring the water back to the boil as quickly as possible.


Stir at the beginning - After you add the pasta to the boiling water, stir with a long wooden spoon (stirring prevents pasta from sticking to each other and from sticking to the bottom and the edge of pan). Frequent stirring with a long wooden spoon or fork while the pasta is cooking will help the pasta to cook

Cook the pasta, uncovered, at a fast boil. NOTE: Once you have added your pasta, do not cover the pot with a lid. You can regulate the heat so the pasta/water mixture doesn't foam up and over the pot sides. Lower it the tiniest bit, and everything should be under control.



Cooking Time:

 Most pastas cook in 8-12 minutes.

Test dry pasta for doneness after about 4 minutes of cooking by tasting it. It is difficult to give exact cooking times since different shapes and thickness of pasta will take less or more time to cook.



Watch the cooking process of the pasta carefully. Pasta can overcook very quickly. Pasta should be tender but still firm when you eat it.


After this remove the pot from the heat . Add approximately 1/2 to 1 cup COLD water to the hot water with the pasta. This will immediately lower the temperature of the water and stop the cooking




Drain immediately:

Drain immediately into a large colander standing in the sink, and then pick up the colander with its contents and shake it well to remove excess water.

Recipe process

1.In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, 3 chopped hard-cooked eggs,  peppers, mayonnaise, and mustard; stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.



2.Place salad into a large serving bowl and garnish with remaining sliced hard-cooked egg. Sprinkle paprika over sliced eggs.

3.Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

4.Makes 4 servings.