Many of us eat ramen noodles on the trail because they cook so fast, but shy away from dried pasta because it takes so long to cook and uses too much stove fuel.
But did you know that you don’t have boil dried pasta using the amount of water recommended on the package or for the entire boil time?
Simply cover your noodles with water, bring the water to a boil, give your noodles a stir, and then turn off the heat (keeping the pot covered) Full stop. Your pasta will cook in the same amount of time and to the same texture as it would have if it cooked at a full boil.
You can save a lot of fuel this way and enjoy your favorite spaghetti noodles or shapes. It also means that you don’t need a simmering capable stove to cook plain pasta and that bringing a pot cozy is probably a better investment than carrying more fuel.
More Pasta Cooking Tips:
If you have a small pot and want to cook spaghetti, break the noodles in halves or thirds so they’ll fit in your cook pot.
Save the pasta water that’s left over after your pasta has cooked. It makes a very good base for rehydrating pasta sauce and the starch in the water helps keep the sauce on your noodles. Not using sauce? Drink the water for the added calories.
You don’t need to drain the water out of the pot when you cook pasta, it’s perfectly ok to pick it out of the pot with a fork.
You don’t need to add olive oil to your pasta to keep it from sticking together. It actually makes it harder to keep the sauce on your pasta because it slips off.
You don’t need to add salt to your water to raise the boiling point of the water, so your pasta cooks faster. In reality, you would need to add 230 grams of table salt to a liter of water just to raise the boiling point by 2 degrees celsius, more than anyone could tolerate.
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