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January 7, 2014
Using pasta water for your sauce

Boiling, salted pasta water is an essential component of skillet pastas both in the sauce-making stage and in finishing the dish. After you have caramelized all your seasonings and sauce ingredients, add water from the pasta pot as a medium to extract and blend their flavors-no need to add stock, wine, or butter. In a large skillet, liquid will evaporate quickly. Replenish the moisture with pasta water whenever needed. If your sauce is complete but must wait a while for the pasta to cook, it may thicken. Add more water and bring it to a good simmer before dropping in the pasta. If there is not enough sauce to coat the pasta when you’re tossing them together in the skillet, add some pasta water. Remember that the cooking water is salty and has starchy-qualities which add seasoning and body during the finishing of the pasta with the sauce.