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Baked Pasta Tips

Tips for turning tossed pasta into baked:
  • Use any dried pasta other than capellini. These ultrathin strands blot up the sauce and dry out when baked.
  • Boil the pasta until it’s al dente. There’s no need to undercook the pasta before baking because it’s in the oven for only a short time and won’t turn mushy.
  • Avoid tossed pastas with egg sauces. The raw eggs in carbonara and similar sauces will scramble when baked. Add more eggs to make a frittata.
  • Stay away from seafood pastas. Canned tuna is fine but cooked fresh seafood like shrimp will dry out in the oven.
  • Save some of the pasta cooking water. Stir it into the sauced pasta before baking to add moisture without fat.

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Published December 1999
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