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Video:Quick Tip: How to Serve Pasta

with Gina MIller

There are various ways to serve pasta to family and friends, so you may not be sure which method to use. Watch this About.com video to see quick tips for serving pasta the way that it's intended to be served.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tip: How to Serve Pasta

Here's a quick tip on how to serve pasta.

Cooking Pasta

Cook the pasta al dente, which is slightly firm -- not too soft and not too hard, then drain thoroughly but do not rinse the pasta. Immediately add the warm, cooked, drained pasta to your sauce and toss lightly.      

Plating the Pasta

Use a pasta ladle or tongs to plate the pasta.         For long pasta, gentle grab a small amount and lay it down onto the middle of your serving plate, then slightly twist the pasta a half turn.  

Serving Pasta

Top the pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese and a sprig of basil.  Remember, pasta is traditionally the first course in Italy.

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