Pasta is one of those go-to meals that is simple to prepare and oh-so-delicious. While pasta can be straightforward to make, there is one thing about boiling pasta that drives me a little batty — the potential for the pot to boil over. We’ve all been there. You add the pasta to the boiling water then turn your attention to other matters, such as cooking the sauce or tossing a salad. Next thing you know there is hot, boiling, starchy water all over your stove. Ack!
After today you will never have this problem again. I promise. Are you ready for one of the best kitchen tips ever? Here goes!
When you put the water on the stove to heat up, add a dollop of oil to the pot. That’s it. It doesn’t have to be a lot of oil, just a quick drizzle and you’re all set. The oil in the water keeps everything under control when you later add the pasta to cook. Since I’ve started using this tip, I have never had a pot of pasta boil over, no matter how vigorous the boil! My mother-in-law shared this tip with me a couple years ago and I thank her profusely in my head every time we have pasta for dinner. I love not having to keep an eye on the boiling pot so I can focus on other things. It’s kitchen magic!