Spaghetti is regarded as the epitome of Italian pasta and it is now one of the favorite dishes in almost the whole world.
Simply boiling pasta in a little water is something anyone can do! But for the real pasta pleasure, this is clearly too little since spaghetti works best when cooked to its full length.
How to cook pasta properly!
With these tips, you will become a pasta-cooking professional. Some tricks are simply crucial when cooking pasta and noodles. And the result is clearly tastier and much better!
Let’s start with the noodle pot or pasta pot. The pot cannot be big enough. Because according to the basic rule 100 g pasta = 1 liter of water, so you can easily calculate how big the pasta pot has to be for 4 portions of pasta.
The functionality of pasta cooking pots
A pasta pot is not absolutely necessary, but it can prove itself with enormous convenience when cooking. In many households, a simple high pot and a pasta sieve are used. In contrast, the pasta pot still offers its advantages.
Basically, we distinguish between these types of pasta pots:
- Spaghetti pots with a screen lid
- Spaghetti pots with inserts
In the following, we explain the different types and the respective advantages and disadvantages. With this, we want to help you to find the spaghetti pot best suited for you.
Spaghetti pots with strainer lids
Such spaghetti pots are equipped with a lid with holes and a large pot. You cook the pasta as normal as in all pots, after cooking you pour out the water and the soft pasta stays in the pot. Glass lids support the view while cooking. The glass lid should also have a valve to let off excess steam.
- Simple pouring off
- No extra sieve is needed
With the lid on the pasta pot, you cook more energy-efficiently and the water heats up much faster. This is an enormous advantage, especially with induction cookers.
- No avoidance of sticking
- The danger of scalding when pouring out the cooking water
Pouring is very easy and you do not need an extra sieve in the sink. But the pasta has direct contact with the bottom of the pot and you should make sure that it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
Spaghetti pots with strainer inserts
With this type, the sieve, which is usually made of stainless steel, is integrated directly into the pot. Here the pasta is put into the pot and cooked softly in the sieve in the bubbling water. This happens without burning or sticking because the pasta is cooked in the boiling water and has no direct contact with the bottom of the pot.
In this case, you only have to take the sieve out of the pot and quench the noodles. Again, no further sieve is needed.
- No burning
- Easy and safe pouring
- Good heat retention
- More expensive
- More cleaning required due to multiple parts
There are also spaghetti pots with more than one perforated insert since with several sieve inserts several portions of pasta can be cooked separately at the same time, which is particularly practical for restaurants or households whose members want to enjoy pasta of different thicknesses.
The quality of a pasta pot
A high-quality pasta pot is made of stainless steel. The material saves energy and is particularly easy to clean. There are also aluminum models. However, even with stainless steel, there are big differences in quality. This concerns the composition and processing of the material. Some models are therefore also suitable for induction cookers and ensure even heat distribution. This good quality is somewhat more expensive but can be worth it in the long run.
- Is robust
- Is scratch-resistant
- Captivates with a thick bottom
The best pasta pots are characterized by excellent heat distribution and a thick coating on the bottom. Today, most spaghetti pots have a thick sandwich bottom, which distributes heat very well and evenly, and stores heat for a long time. An induction-compatible pasta pot has a bottom with an iron core.
However, you should make sure that the diameter of the pot fits exactly on the hotplate so that you can cook the pasta in an energy-saving way on the one hand and transfer the heat optimally on the other.
Another quality feature is the handles. They should be heat-insulated and must not heat up with the pot. This applies to both the pot itself and the strainer. Ideally, the handle of the pasta pot and, if necessary, the handle of the strainer insert should be ergonomically shaped and thermally insulated so that you can handle the pouring safely.
In some models, the lid can be adjusted to various positions for optimum results. In general, all components on the pasta pot should fit together perfectly and form a unit.
Whether the product is suitable for oven, dishwasher or induction hob is often made clear in the description. With the induction process, water boils particularly quickly and saves energy.
Whether you can cook pasta in a spaghetti pot or not, you have to decide for yourself. I can only tell you from my many years of cooking experience that you can use it relatively often. The lack of space and the fact that it does not fit in the dishwasher could be the only important reason not to buy a spaghetti pot.
The pasta pot is also suitable for soups and stews. It is a large pot with a very high rim, so various dishes are particularly successful here and can be easily warmed up later.
Another use is with asparagus. Asparagus should at best be cooked standing up so that it always remains soft and retains its intense aroma.
If you’re interested in different cooking appliances – read this article on bread makers.
For whom is a spaghetti pot especially suitable?
It is especially recommended for mothers with children because with such a pot you don’t have to stand at the stove all the time to make sure that the water doesn’t overflow and the pasta doesn’t burn.
How much does a spaghetti pot cost?
The costs of the spaghetti pots vary a lot, the cheapest ones only cost about $20, while the more expensive ones can cost more than $550. However, usually, a maximum of around $100 is spent on a spaghetti pot.