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When to Rinse Pasta (and When to Skip It)

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When it comes to cooking pasta, rinsing is one of the great debates. People have strong feelings about this — some always rinse hot pasta straight out of the pot, and others would never be caught dead doing so.

Who's correct? Both parties — sort of. Whether or not to rinse ultimately depends on how the pasta will be used.

Once cooked and drained, pasta is coated with a starchy film. There are some instances when this proves a useful addition in serving the pasta, and other times your dish benefits from rinsing this starchy coating away.

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When to Rinse Cooked Pasta & Noodles

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Otherwise, never rinse your pasta!