This shows how to marinade pasta. In many cases, it is practical to cook the pasta to the ‘al dente’ stage and refresh it under cold water to stop any further cooking.
To marinade pasta
Drain the pasta well and place it in a clean bowl and marinade it with a little olive oil and a few leaves of herbs, depending on your recipe. A few basil leaves are great for this. Lightly season, cover with cling film and put aside until required later to be added to your sauce.
Marinading pasta will give you more time to concentrate on the sauce and other ingredients. Just add the marinated pasta for the final few minutes to heat through.
I tend to use a cheaper olive oil for my pasta marinade. Some of the more expensive extra virgin olive oils contain too much flavour and could overpower your final dish.
Tips for cooking pasta
Here are some great tips for cooking pasta, which includes information on how to choose your pasta and how to avoid overcooking your pasta.