I'm Never Making Spaghetti Without a Pasta Pot Again
Pasta night has never been easier.
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Whether you’re spending your Sunday cooking for a huge family or making yourself a quick weeknight dinner, we can all agree that pasta is one of the most delicious — not to mention easy! — meals. After all, it’s not hard to boil salted water, cook your pasta until al dente and drain in a colander. But, after tuning in to Jeff Mauro’s Mauro Family Sunday Gravy class on the Food Network Kitchen app, I quickly realized there is a cooking tool I have been vastly overlooking all these years that would make my pasta game that much stronger: a pasta pot.
A pasta pot is two kitchen tools rolled into one: a colander and a stock pot. To use it, simply insert the colander into the stock pot. Add your water to the appropriate level. Bring to a boil and add your pasta. When it's ready to go, all you have to do is lift the colander from the stock pot and into whatever sauce you're tossing it with.
After searing sausage and meatballs and simmering them in a homemade sauce, Jeff adds his pasta to a pasta pot, saying that he always recommends using this double-boiling method. Rather than risking a burn or an unintentional facial from an awkward draining position, pulling a colander insert out of a stock pot revealing perfectly drained noodles seems like the most obvious method.
This tool also comes in handy in a few other ways. Take for instance the importance of reserving some of your starchy pasta water for sauce. This is something that usually comes to mind the moment you finish dumping all of that precious water down the drain. (Just me? OK.) But with a handy pasta pot, your sauce can get a perfect splash of thickening water as necessary.
If you don’t cook pasta that often, you can use a pasta pot for more than noodles. Cook fresh veggies, boil potatoes and steam corn on the cob with this two-in-one pot. Plus, the outer stockpot can also be used solo for stocks, stews or soups. With the holidays upon us and plenty of hearty meals in my future, I’m definitely adding one of these to my wish list this Christmas.