The secret to blending pasta and sauce

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Have you been straining your pasta in a colander over the sink and rinsing it all these years. Well, if you want a perfectly blended combination of pasta and sauce it’s time to learn the secret used by many Italian cooks. They call this method mantecare la pasta which roughly means creaming the pasta.

To do this, make sure your sauce and pasta are both cooked and ready at the same time. Since you will be dumping the pasta into the sauce pot, make sure you’re sauce is in a big enough pot. Use a strainer to remove the pasta from its pot and don’t rinse it. Stir the pasta into the sauce. Add a little olive oil or butter, which will make your combination smooth and creamy. Garnish with some chopped fresh herbs such as Italian parsley, and serve immediately. Allow your guests to add fresh grated cheese to their plates at the table.

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