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Offline SilverSolder

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Pasta expands to fill all available space...
« on: March 09, 2021, 05:52:57 pm »

It seems I keep discovering some basic law of physics whenever I add pasta to a dish (e.g. chicken noodle soup, to start with something simple).

No matter how little pasta I feel I am adding, it always seems to end up taking over the pot, especially if it stands around for a few days...

Is there any way of managing pasta's propensity to swell and dissolve?  Is it to do with the type of pasta used?
 

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Re: Pasta expands to fill all available space...
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2021, 08:30:17 am »


When making extra to refrigerate or freeze, don't add pasta to it ... instead, cook the pasta as needed, before serving. This saves precious freezer space. I make soups extra rich and dilute later for the same reason.
 

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Re: Pasta expands to fill all available space...
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2021, 01:00:42 pm »

 :-DD

Cooking the pasta separately is a good idea, I didn't think of that.  -  It does take some of the convenience away from the concept, but...
 

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Re: Pasta expands to fill all available space...
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2021, 12:42:16 pm »

It seems I keep discovering some basic law of physics whenever I add pasta to a dish (e.g. chicken noodle soup, to start with something simple).

No matter how little pasta I feel I am adding, it always seems to end up taking over the pot, especially if it stands around for a few days...

Is there any way of managing pasta's propensity to swell and dissolve?  Is it to do with the type of pasta used?

Murphy's pasta law:

You will always cook too much pasta even when you take Murphy's pasta law into account.
 
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Re: Pasta expands to fill all available space...
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2021, 05:30:03 pm »
rice has a similar problem when you need to use parboiled rice in things like stuffed peppers
 
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Re: Pasta expands to fill all available space...
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2021, 03:02:59 am »
Yup....  pasta and rice both do the same thing.

Mistake #1....  go to Vietnamese restaurant and order a needle soup dish and fried rice dish.  Eat fried rice dish, then fill up with noodle dish.  Be sure you can get home within 30 minutes time limit! 
 

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Re: Pasta expands to fill all available space...
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2021, 03:25:17 am »

I finally got it under control by adding less than 1 cup of pasta to 1/2 gallon of soup, LOL!
 


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