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How to Make Pasta Work in Your Pressure Cooker

How to Make Pasta Work in Your Pressure Cooker

Most cooks consider pasta to be a simple cooking task. However, the pressure cooker takes this easy preparation to a whole new level. Pressure cookers are a hot item right now and don’t require boiling water before adding pasta to cook. Generally, pasta takes 5-10 minutes to cook. Then, you can mix with other ingredients or sauce to create a meal in no time. New to using the pressure cooker for pasta? Here’s what you need to know.

Know Your Pressure Cooker Terms

Pressure cookers build pressure quickly when cooking and require a sealed lid. The pressure release is usually a small knob on top of the lid. A slow release after cooking means to leave the knob in place and naturally let the pressure release. A quick release means to move the knob and let the pressure steam out quickly. Typically, water is needed with most items to ensure maximum pressure.

Choose Your Recipe

The rising popularity of pressure cookers has sparked the adaptation of a large variety of pasta recipes for pressure cooking. If you are craving homemade macaroni and cheese, then this recipe from the Food Network is a great option. With only five ingredients, this recipe is perfect for those who are busy and also on a budget. Are you craving the old favorite of spaghetti and meatballs? Try this pressure cooker spaghetti from Cooking Classy, which you can prepare in less than 30 minutes.

Cook Your Pasta

Pressure cookers work best for cooking more than two cups of pasta. If you are making pasta for a large group, you can even cook the entire box in one batch. The most important thing to remember when cooking pasta is to add enough water. It should measure one half to one inch above the pasta. Pressure cookers have limits for how full you can fill them. You want to make sure the water level needed for pasta is below the fill line. If it’s too much, you’ll have to take out some of the pasta so the pressure cooker can cook properly.

Once you have the right amount of pasta and water in your pressure cooker, you’re ready to move on. Now, seal the pressure cooker and program it to pressure cook for 4 minutes. When the cook time is complete, you can use a quick release to release the pressure. Mix the pasta around to ensure it’s the desired firmness.

Enjoy the Benefits

Cooking pasta, especially in large amounts, is much quicker using a pressure cooker. By adding the pasta with water before setting the pressure cooker to pressurize and cook, this allows consumers to prepare other ingredients for the pasta dish or meal, instead of having to tend the boiling water and pasta. You also can avoid having water boil over and dirtying your stove by using the sealed pressure cooker and abiding by the recommended maximum water levels.

Pressure cookers are a great tool for cooking pasta. If you are planning to make pasta for a large group, then cooking large amounts in the pressure cooker can save you precious preparation time. Pierino Frozen Foods has many different kinds of pasta and sauces to choose from that can be used in your pressure cooker immediately. Ordering is simple, just fill out our online form or call us at 866-GO-PASTA.
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4 Things You Never Knew About Pasta

4 Things You Never Knew About Pasta

You might think you know all there is know about pasta, but there’s more to the tasty noodles than meets the eye. With years of experience in making pasta, talking about pasta, and eating pasta, we’ve come across a few bits of information that most people never hear about this time-honored food.

  • Pasta does not originate from Italy. As an Italian-American company, we’re always shy about admitting this one, but it’s true! China was eating pasta long before Italy. In fact, historical records show that the Chinese were eating pasta as early as 5,000 B.C. According to myth, Marco Polo introduced Italy to pasta in the 1100s, but the Etruscans (a civilization pre-dating the Romans) were making and eating pasta by roughly 500 B.C. It wasn’t as easy it is now, either: the Etruscans would mash the grain with rocks before mixing it with water to create dough for the noodles.
  • But Italians do eat the most pasta. Though they can’t claim to have invented the dish, maybe they do deserve to call it an Italian food! Italians eat more pasta than anyone else around the world. The shocker here is who comes in second and third– Venezuela and Tunisia, respectively!
  • People didn’t eat pasta with tomato sauces until almost two thousand years later! Can you imagine life without spaghetti and meatballs? In fact, people had been eating pasta without tomato sauce for four times as long as they have been eating it with the classic sauce. Tomatoes are not native to Europe, and were only introduced in 1519 when Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquistador, brought them back from Mexico. Before long, tomatoes and tomato sauces became staples of Italian cuisine.
  • Pasta grows on trees in Switzerland. Just kidding — there’s no such thing as a pasta tree (unfortunately). However, on April 1st, 1957, the BBC aired a fake documentary that had all of England believing that pasta actually grew on trees in Switzerland. We’re not making this up: read about it here.

Do you know any unusual facts or stories about pasta? Tell us about it in the comments section!

Are you looking for gourmet pasta at your restaurant or on your kitchen table? As a multi-generational Italian-American pasta company, we offer the best pasta around. From classic spaghetti to penne and rotini, we promise you won’t be disappointed. What are you waiting for? Call today!

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