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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
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How much sauce does your pasta need
In Italian, the verb we use to describe the final dressing of the pasta with sauce is "condire", trans...
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
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March 31, 2015
How much sauce does your pasta need

In Italian, the verb we use to describe the final dressing of the pasta with sauce is "condire", translated “to season, to flavor.” And the phrase "condire la pasta", reminds us that the sauce should be considered a condiment, an enhancement to the pasta. I like to think of pasta, especially fresh egg pastas, as playing the leading role in the pasta dish. So why drown the chief protagonist before the drama has stated. Keep these ideas in mind when you bring your pasta and sauce together in a skillet. If you see that the quantity of sauce is disproportionate to the pasta, spoon some out (and save it of course) before tossing and finishing the dish. If you see that the sauce is soupy and collects in the bottom of the skillet, raise the heat while tossing the pasta actively, evaporating the excess water and thickening the sauce so it adheres to the pasta.