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How to Cook the Best Pasta the Real Italian Way

Most people reckon cooking pasta is really simple. Just throw some noodles in boiling water and drain it when it is soft enough, right?

Sorry to say, that is incorrect. What is hopefully right is that the secrets I am going to reveal to you will make pasta one of your favourite dish to prepare and delight in by yourself or with your dear ones.

First of all, allow me a small digression. To a serious pasta lover the name “noodles” is plain simply dreadful. Noodles is a very excellent name for Chinese pasta, or Japanese, or Thai, or any other nationality pasta, but not for Italian pasta. Calling Italian pasta “noodles” would be like calling American baseball or English cricket something like “Stickball”. That is just sad.

Yes, pasta is simple to cook, *if* you have the right ingredients, *if* you know the right way of preparing it, and, above all, if you have the right attitude. “What is this?” – I hear some of you gasp – “I now have to be like a zen archer or a samurai warrior just to prepare a bowl of noodles?” Let’s proceed in order, one secret to the next (by the way, didn’t we agree never to call pasta noodles again?)

PASTA SECRET #1: ATTITUDE

Let’s start with the most vital aspect: attitude.

If you feel your guest swooning in delight over your steaming pasta is a excellent thing, you have to take cooking seriously. Cooking, and especially cooking pasta, is an act of like and self-sacrifice. It requires your personal energy, your prana, your inner and outer purity, and your uninterrupted concentration. Without these elements, cooking is not cooking anymore, but just cold, mechanical, heartless food preparation. Would you feed such food to your dog?

Before even start preparing your utensils, stand in your kitchen, facing the stove and get inwardly ready to cook. Silence around you and inside you is needed. A small meditation would be even better. Soulfulness is essential.

Feel inside you and visualise in front of your mind’s eye the final pasta dish you want to prepare. Feel the aroma of the pasta, the looks, the sound the moist pasta strands do when stirred together, even before they are cradled by the sauce. Imagine the joy on the face of the friends that soon will be enjoying it.

Then, act with determination and precision but never with rush.

Priyadarshan Bontempi is a meditation student of



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