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Al Dente

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Pasta will continue to cook after it’s removed from boiling water. To avoid bloated, mushy pasta: cook the pasta just before it will be served, and cook it until it is just tender (“al dente”) to the bite. As pasta cooks, it will get slightly bigger as it absorbs water and it will lighten in color – two visual cues that show when it’s time to taste for al dente tenderness.

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