Cut down your pasta cooking time to five minutes with these clever cooking hacks

We Brits love pasta – it’s easy to cook, goes with anything and is best served with lashings of cheese.

In fact, as a nation we consume around 100g each of the stuff every week.

That’s two portions each every seven days!

Now, pasta’s pretty simple to whip up.

Chuck it in the pan with some boiling water and leave it there for 10 to 12 minutes.

But, what if we told you you could speed up the process?

What's your favourite cooking hack? Let us know in the comments section…


Never again will you panic as you realise you haven’t put the pasta on or settle for undercooked penne.

Here are two ways to speed up your pasta cooking time:

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Use a smaller pot

According to Wonder How To, using a smaller saucepan will speed up the process.

This is because pasta absorbs water more easily the hotter it is.

It takes less energy – heat – to get the smaller amount of water in a small pan hotter and so the pasta will cook faster.

Traditionalists will argue against this because pasta is usually cooked in huge quantities of water, but there’s no real need so long as you stir the pasta to stop it from sticking.

Use a frying pan

We know, hear us out.

So, NTDV Food says that instead of using a saucepan whack your pasta into a frying pan and add water.

The hob has direct contact with the larger base of the pan and the water is shallower.

Basically, less water plus a greater surface area equals a faster boil.

And, it’s a double win by conserving water and energy.

Make sure you give your pasta a few stirs when doing this and don’t let the pan boil dry!

With both of these methods, test your pasta after about five or six minutes and it should be nicely cooked.

Blasphemy? Maybe.

But, if you're in a rush for starchy goodness then give it a shot.

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