Key Parts of the Pasta

Do pastas have eggs in them?

No, they don't. Plain pasta, is produced with durum wheat semolina and water. In case of adding eggs for flavor, it is required to state in ingredients section and state in different colours or fonts, differentiating it from other ingredients, since it is an allergen.

Why do you suggest 5 liters of water to cook a package of pasta?

While cooking the pasta, in order to ensure that all surfaces get in contact with boiling water and for each section of the pasta to be cooked equally during the period stated on the package, we suggest 1 liter of water per 100 g pasta. Instead of throwing the cooking water, you can filter it into a bowl and use it for soup, dish and pasta sauces. It is also possible for you to cook pasta with less water or with absorbtion method according to your wishes when you cannot use the cooking water for other processes.    

Will pasta make me gain weight?

No, it does not when it is consumed with suggested portions and sauces. Calory value for 100 gr of uncooked pasta is about 370 calories and it contains complex carbohydrates. Sauce is another important topic together with the portion sizes. Instead of oily, cream sauces, you can preffer vegetable sauces or sauces with less oil, to prepare healthy and nutritious meals. Contrary to most foods, pasta is a food which can be consumed safely by all age group, with sauces and different cooking methods, alongside soups, salads, main courses and starters and it compliments meats and diary products or vegetables perfectly. It is extremely easy to prepare delicious, healthy and nutritious dishes with many options. 

What is Al Dente?

Dent means tooth. Al Dente, is considered to be the optimal cooking measurement, meaning something you can bite onto.  Pasta should be cooked with al dente consistency. There are scientific studies suggessting that compared to overcooked pasta, al dente pasta has a much lower glycemic index and increases the blood sugar much slowly.    

Are pastas made out of flour?

Pastas are not made out of flour. It is forbidden in our country to use bread flour for pastas. Pastas are made from durum wheat semolina. Semolina for pastas have much larger granules compared to the flour produced by grinding durum wheat and separating bran and wheat germs. Semolina for pasta is one of the most important factors that designate the quality of pasta. Cooking quality decreases significantly if flour contents of the pasta increases, it creates problems of consistency and getting doughy.

How many minutes are required to cook pasta?

Cooking duration of the pasta depends on the type of pasta. However, cooking durations stated on the packaging of Nuh'un Ankara Makarnasi, is the most correct results received from studies conducted for various types. Pasta is then cooked as long as the duration stated.    

How to cook spaghetti?

Spaghetti pasta is cooked just like other pastas, however, spaghetti must not be broken for taste and appearance reasons.    

What are the ingredients of pasta?

Plain pasta only consists of semolina and water. Eggs are not used for pastas, except for pastas labelled "with eggs". It is possible to use vegetables, sauces, vitamins, etc. for flavor and vitamin pasta.    

Are noodles and pasta produced the same way?

Similar to pasta, noodles are also produced from durum wheat. Only that they have much smaller shapes. There are noodle types such as barley, vermicelli and star.    

Which pastas are best for meat sauces?

Meat sauces are often regarded as suitable for most pastas and used as such. However, spaghetti pasta has the most suitable cut to compliment meat sauces. Since spaghetti is a classical choice for both of its taste and its popularity, and that it is liked by everyone, it is considered to be one of the best choices to compliment meat sauces. Spaghetti provides perfect balance for mince or fish sauces.

Additionally, pasta can be added as a complimentary to other dishes as well as being the main course itself.