Hey, Iâ€™m not going to criticize what you do behind closed doors. Itâ€™s all good, but weâ€™ve got to draw the line somewhere, do we not?
And I draw thatÂ line at rinsing pasta.
There is no need to rinse your pasta before saucing — in fact, if you doÂ rinse it, your sauce may not adhere to the pasta properly. Yes, I understand that this is not disaster level stuff, as if rinsing pasta is the culinary equivalent of faulty O-rings. Nobody will get hurt if your sauce slides off the penne — it’s just that foodie snobs will think youâ€™re a rube.
We were eating at someoneâ€™s house and they dumped the pasta into a colander and reached for the faucet. Almost simultaneously, my wife kicked me in sharply the shin because she could tell I was about to say something to our gracious hosts.
â€œYou OK over there, Rob?â€
â€œYup. Just getting hungry, thatâ€™s all.â€
They were nice enough to have us for dinner, so I should have the good sense not to correct their abhorrent pasta washing. After all, isnâ€™t life a series of choices, times when you reach that fork in the road and you either keep your mouth shut or say something you shouldnâ€™t?
Take my advice, you’re much better off filling your mouth with rinsed pasta than with your foot.