How to Cook Quinoa Pasta

gluten free quinoa pasta (macaroni)

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Used for thousands of years by Inca tribes in South America, the versatile grain quinoa has recently been discovered by vegetarians and chefs across America. According to the BBC, quinoa contains many healthy substances, such as amino acids and fiber. The grain puffs slightly when cooked, so quinoa pasta tends to be combined with corn. In general, quinoa pasta cooks in exactly the same ways as normal wheat pasta. Boiling the pasta on the stove is the most straightforward method of cooking.

Fill a gallon-sized cooking pot to the three-quarter level with fresh, cold water. Add 2 heaped tablespoons of table salt to the pot of water. Bring to a fierce boil.

Plunge 8 oz. of quinoa pasta into the boiling water. Let it return boiling. Separate the pasta in the water gently with a fork after a few minutes.

Check the packet for exact cooking times, usually between 10 to 15 minutes for most types of dried quinoa pasta. Lift a piece of pasta from the water and test after 10 minutes. Look for a soft but firm bite to the pasta.

Drain the pasta in a large colander over the sink. Grind some fresh pepper and salt over the pasta and serve with a sauce.