I love beans and I love pasta! We eat beans often, but pasta is more of a treat. Last week I made macaroni and cheese for lunch with the kids... so delicious! (I'm ready to enjoy some non-grilled comfort foods again, now that the weather is cooler.)
When I posted my tips for perfect, tender cooked beans, I mentioned that I like to add salt to the cooking water. The salt does not stop the beans from becoming tender and soft, but DOES give a great flavor to the beans, since the salt is in the beans and not just sprinkled on after cooking.
Adding salt when cooking beans eliminates the problem of either A) draining off the salt when you drain the beans or B) needing to stir salt into the cooked beans and ending up smashing them in the process.
Now, the part about pasta. I had known for a long time that adding salt to the water when cooking pasta was an option. I didn't routinely do it or even consider why it might be a good idea until recently though!
Just as beans absorb the salty water and are perfectly salted after cooking, adding salt to your water when cooking pasta salts the pasta from the inside and gives a great flavor! This also eliminates the issue of needing to make an extra-salty sauce to make up for unsalted pasta.
I now always add salt when I'm cooking beans or pasta, and I love the results! Is there anything else like this that you add salt to when cooking? I'd love to hear about it! :)
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