This is the surprising reason why you should never add oil to pasta water

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED December 7, 2017 12:03 pm
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(Inside Manila) No one can ever question how quick, easy and delicious pasta is. Either serving it up for a grab-and-go meal or for the coming holidays, one thing is definite—you can never go wrong with this dish!


Though it is recommended to add in salt to pasta water, you might want to think twice before adding in oil to the post, as a recent report exposed this simple mistake can jeopardize the entire meal!


According to a report by Curiosity, while it is common to add oil to the pasta water in order to prevent the noodles from sticking together, the move could affect how the second most important ingredient incorporated to the pasta—the sauce.


The problem comes down with the oil. Oil and water doesn't mix well together, no matter how hot the water is oil resurfaces as it doesn’t mix with the water's polar molecules (oil has non polar molecules).


This only means that once the pasta with oil is drained, it leaves a smooth coating that will prevent sauce to be harmoniously incorporated with the pasta.


Fortunately there are still ways to serve a scrumptious pasta dish without the sticky situation; use a large pot to cook the pasta, to have it enough space to move around. You could also stir the pasta as soon as it hits the water, and for the rest as it cooks to prevent it from sticking together.


To avoid a sticky pasta, try adding the sauce while it’s both hot, or save some of that pasta water to loosen up the noodles before serving.


Start changing that pasta routine now before the holidays!

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