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  1. #1
    James Silverton Guest

    Default How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?

    Hello All!

    The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking of
    trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a minute.
    http://www.cookingcache.com/pasta/an...shtml?rdid=rc1
    I usually cook regular spaghetti for 8 minutes and I guess I shall have
    to cook the Angel-hair stuff by inspection.

    --


    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations:
    not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


  2. #2
    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?


    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:hv825e$p8i$[email protected]..
    > Hello All!
    >
    > The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking of
    > trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a minute.
    > http://www.cookingcache.com/pasta/an...shtml?rdid=rc1
    > I usually cook regular spaghetti for 8 minutes and I guess I shall have to
    > cook the Angel-hair stuff by inspection.
    >

    The box on mine says 1-2 minutes.



  3. #3
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?

    On Tue, 15 Jun 2010 10:19:27 -0400, James Silverton wrote:

    > Hello All!
    >
    > The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking of
    > trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a minute.
    > http://www.cookingcache.com/pasta/an...shtml?rdid=rc1
    > I usually cook regular spaghetti for 8 minutes and I guess I shall have
    > to cook the Angel-hair stuff by inspection.


    There are a couple indications that that recipe was written by a
    restaurant cook/chef. In which case that pasta was fresh or
    already par-cooked. Still a brain fart on their part, but I'm
    sure even a smart guy like you could make it work.

    -sw

  4. #4
    aem Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?

    On Jun 15, 7:19 am, "James Silverton" <not.jim.silver...@verizon.net>
    wrote:
    > Hello All!
    >
    > The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking of
    > trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a minute.http://www.cookingcache.com/pasta/an...ongarlic.shtml...
    > I usually cook regular spaghetti for 8 minutes and I guess I shall have
    > to cook the Angel-hair stuff by inspection.


    Angel hair pasta cooks very fast indeed. The box usually says 1 to 2
    minutes. If you bite-test it at 30 seconds it will cook appreciably
    while you are testing it. So "cook to desired doneness" in this case
    means "drain it when your bite test finds it slightly underdone." -
    aem

  5. #5
    Stu Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?

    On Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:08:34 -0700 (PDT), aem <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Jun 15, 7:19 am, "James Silverton" <not.jim.silver...@verizon.net>
    >wrote:
    >> Hello All!
    >>
    >> The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking of
    >> trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a minute.http://www.cookingcache.com/pasta/an...ongarlic.shtml...
    >> I usually cook regular spaghetti for 8 minutes and I guess I shall have
    >> to cook the Angel-hair stuff by inspection.

    >
    >Angel hair pasta cooks very fast indeed. The box usually says 1 to 2
    >minutes. If you bite-test it at 30 seconds it will cook appreciably
    >while you are testing it. So "cook to desired doneness" in this case
    >means "drain it when your bite test finds it slightly underdone." -
    >aem


    Yes 45 sec., pull and drain, if the sauce is ready we eat.

  6. #6
    l, not -l Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?


    On 15-Jun-2010, "James Silverton" <not.jim.silverton@verizon.[email protected]> wrote:

    > The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking of
    > trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a minute.
    > http://www.cookingcache.com/pasta/an...shtml?rdid=rc1
    > I usually cook regular spaghetti for 8 minutes and I guess I shall have
    > to cook the Angel-hair stuff by inspection.
    >
    > --
    >
    >
    > James Silverton


    Assuming we are talking dried pasta, not fresh: from the directions on the
    box of Barilla Angel Hair in my pantry.
    1. Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add salt to taste, if
    desired.
    2. Add contents of package to boiling water. Stir gently.
    3. Return to a boil. For authentic "al dente" paster, boil uncovered,
    stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes. For more tender pasta, boil an
    additional 1 minute.
    4. Remove from heat. Drain well.
    5. Serve immediately . . .
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

  7. #7
    l, not -l Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?


    On 15-Jun-2010, "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > 3. Return to a boil. For authentic "al dente" paster, boil uncovered,
    > stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes. For more tender pasta, boil an
    > additional 1 minute.


    Actually, box says . . . "al dente" pasta
    My fingers lost their train of thought while typing. 8-)
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

  8. #8
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?

    l, not -l wrote:
    > On 15-Jun-2010, "James Silverton" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking
    >> of trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a minute.
    >> http://www.cookingcache.com/pasta/an...shtml?rdid=rc1
    >> I usually cook regular spaghetti for 8 minutes and I guess I shall
    >> have to cook the Angel-hair stuff by inspection.


    > Assuming we are talking dried pasta, not fresh: from the directions
    > on the box of Barilla Angel Hair in my pantry.
    > 1. Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add salt to taste, if
    > desired.
    > 2. Add contents of package to boiling water. Stir gently.
    > 3. Return to a boil. For authentic "al dente" paster, boil uncovered,
    > stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes. For more tender pasta, boil an
    > additional 1 minute.
    > 4. Remove from heat. Drain well.
    > 5. Serve immediately . . .


    Emphasis on the last instruction, unless you like glue.

    nancy


  9. #9
    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?

    On Tue, 15 Jun 2010 10:19:27 -0400, "James Silverton"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Hello All!
    >
    >The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking of
    >trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a minute.
    >http://www.cookingcache.com/pasta/an...shtml?rdid=rc1
    >I usually cook regular spaghetti for 8 minutes and I guess I shall have
    >to cook the Angel-hair stuff by inspection.


    I cook all pasta by inspection... as it gets near the suggested time
    start tasting a small bit for texture... I learned long ago never to
    leave the stove while cooking any pasta... setting a timer ain't good
    enuff, you gotta be there to stir, and with angel hair stirring is
    important.

  10. #10
    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?

    On Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:08:34 -0700 (PDT), aem <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Jun 15, 7:19 am, "James Silverton" <not.jim.silver...@verizon.net>
    >wrote:
    >> Hello All!
    >>
    >> The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking of
    >> trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a minute.http://www.cookingcache.com/pasta/an...ongarlic.shtml...
    >> I usually cook regular spaghetti for 8 minutes and I guess I shall have
    >> to cook the Angel-hair stuff by inspection.

    >
    >Angel hair pasta cooks very fast indeed. The box usually says 1 to 2
    >minutes. If you bite-test it at 30 seconds it will cook appreciably
    >while you are testing it. So "cook to desired doneness" in this case
    >means "drain it when your bite test finds it slightly underdone." -
    >aem


    Yes, it will continue to cook, especially if dumped into a
    sauce/broth.

  11. #11
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?

    Nancy wrote on Tue, 15 Jun 2010 14:41:30 -0400:

    > l, not -l wrote:
    >> On 15-Jun-2010, "James Silverton"
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking
    >>> of trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a
    >>> minute. http://www.cookingcache.com/pasta/angelhairpastawith
    >>> lemongarlic.shtml?rdid=rc1 I usually cook regular spaghetti for 8
    >>> minutes and I guess I shall have to cook the
    >>> Angel-hair stuff by inspection.


    >> Assuming we are talking dried pasta, not fresh: from the
    >> directions on the box of Barilla Angel Hair in my pantry. 1. Bring
    >> 4-6 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add salt to
    >> taste, if desired. 2. Add contents of package to boiling
    >> water. Stir gently. 3. Return to a boil. For authentic "al dente"
    >> paster, boil uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 4
    >> minutes. For more tender pasta, boil an additional 1 minute.
    >> 4. Remove from heat. Drain well.
    >> 5. Serve immediately . . .


    > Emphasis on the last instruction, unless you like glue.


    It seems there is a range of cooking times suggested from 30 secs to 4
    mins. I might have to quickly inspect at 30 secs as some have suggested.
    Of course, I want the pasta al dente and I hardly ever use the freshly
    made stuff since I usually see a recipe and decide then and there to
    make it.

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


  12. #12
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?

    In article <hv825e$p8i$[email protected]>,
    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Hello All!
    >
    > The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking of
    > trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a minute.
    > http://www.cookingcache.com/pasta/an...shtml?rdid=rc1
    > I usually cook regular spaghetti for 8 minutes and I guess I shall have
    > to cook the Angel-hair stuff by inspection.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > James Silverton
    > Potomac, Maryland


    I think inspection is the best method for any pasta cookery. If it's
    fresh, it might take take but 30-60 seconds. If it's dried and boxed,
    maybe 3-4 minutes.
    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    On June 25, celebrating 65 years of annoying people.
    Shop early and shop often. Good gin and cheap chocolate preferred.
    Or cash. :-)

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    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: How long to cook Angel-hair Pasta?


    "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    > "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> The question is basically in the subject but a recipe I was thinking of
    >> >> trying called for boiling for 30 seconds to a minute.



    >
    > I think inspection is the best method for any pasta cookery. If it's >
    > fresh, it might take take but 30-60 seconds. If it's dried and boxed, >
    > maybe 3-4 minutes.


    When I occasionally make angelhair pasta fresh, it goes into the water and
    rises up, done instantly. When cooking dried, it can also depend on how old
    it is, as well as how much water you use. I just have found so far that 5
    mins is perhaps beyond longest possible time.



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