Why should we add so much salt to pasta water? Photo: Shutterstock Why should we add so much salt to pasta water? Photo: Shutterstock
Why should we add so much salt to pasta water? Photo: Shutterstock
Andrew Sun
Opinion

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Mouthing Off by Andrew Sun

No salt in my rice or noodles, so why add it to pasta water? The sauce will season it enough, and besides, I like a bit of bland in my food

  • European cooks insist on throwing a handful of salt into pasta water, some say it should be like seawater
  • Asian cooks would never do that to rice, noodles or congee, so why should pasta be any different?

Why should we add so much salt to pasta water? Photo: Shutterstock Why should we add so much salt to pasta water? Photo: Shutterstock
Why should we add so much salt to pasta water? Photo: Shutterstock
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Andrew Sun

Andrew Sun

Andrew Sun has dabbled in many shades of the media spectrum for 25 years, from college radio, TV, print and online columnist to starting film festivals, managing music labels and authoring food books. Someday he will figure what he wants to be when he grows up.