Italian Culture Essays
With our ingredients all selected, it is time to get cooking. Grab your favorite sauce pan and fill with six to eight cups of lightly salted water on high heat. Bring that to a boil and add your pound of fettuccini, lowering the heat to medium and stirring frequently. You can either follow the instructions on the box to figure out when your fettuccini is ready or you can go by the more traditional, old fashioned way. My Grandma taught me at a young age how to tell when pasta is ready. Pasta is supposed to be cooked al dente, which translated means to the tooth, meaning the pasta should be cooked until it is nice and soft on the outside but still a little hard inside. To tell when pasta is at this stage, simply take a strand out of the pot and toss it against a wall. If it sticks, it’s al dente and ready to be drained. If it falls to the floor, give the remaining pieces a little more cooking time.
Now that your fettuccini is sticking to the wall, drain it and place the pasta back in the pot adding the teaspoon of butter. Stir the butter until it has completely melted, as this keeps the pasta from sticking to itself. Now place your pot back on the