How To Make Pasta FAST!

The other day on Facebook, I ran across this video showing how to make pasta fast by cooking it in a frying pan. I thought it sounded too good to be true, so I tried it. And it worked! I was so excited to find an easier way to make pasta fast and also save time waiting for water to boil. I am so excited that I thought I’d share it with you!

Now you can make pasta in half the time using half the water! This how to make pasta fast tip is definitely one to share! Also includes a pasta salad recipe.

How To Make Pasta Fast!

 

1. Pour the pasta you want to cook into a large pan.

Now you can make pasta in half the time using half the water! This how to make pasta fast tip is definitely one to share! Also includes a pasta salad recipe.

 

2. Add cold water. I put about an in inch and a half of water in. I believe the guy in the video says about a quart. You’ll want to add salt here, too. A lot of salt. It’s the only flavor that the pasta gets.

Now you can make pasta in half the time using half the water! This how to make pasta fast tip is definitely one to share! Also includes a pasta salad recipe.

 

3. Turn on the heat to medium high. It doesn’t take but a couple of minutes for the water to boil, then cook as directed on the pasta’s package.

Now you can make pasta in half the time using half the water! This how to make pasta fast tip is definitely one to share! Also includes a pasta salad recipe.

 

4. Drain, and you’ve got perfectly cooked pasta!

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And in the time it normally takes for a big old pot of water to boil, and then for the pasta to cook, I made my favorite salad!

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So yes, this trick to make pasta fast really works! I can’t believe I didn’t know this trick before! And if my salad looks yummy, here is the recipe for my Arugula Pasta Salad. My Italian Sausage and Penne Bake is always a hit, as is this Chicken Casserole With Veggies, Pasta, and Cheese. For even more pasta recipes, check out my Pasta board on Pinterest.

Kitchen Tips And Shortcuts

Disclaimer: This kitchen tips post is brought to you by Anthony’s Pasta. I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

I am a big fan of tips and shortcuts. Ones that save me time, money, and sanity. I’ve devoted a board on Pinterest to Cleaning Tips that I refer to regularly. I look to friends for tips on working out, parenting, and the best place to get cheap books. But my favorite tips are kitchen tips…the ones that just make our lives easier.

So when Anthony’s Pasta (remember my Italian Sausage and Penne Bake won there Tastes Like Home contest!) asked me to share my best kitchen tips and shortcuts, I jumped at the chance! My Kitchen Tips and Tricks board on Pinterest is one of my favorites, and I’ve shared lots of shortcuts here in the past too!

Who doesn't love kitchen tips and shortcuts that will save you time, money, and your sanity! Here are 7 tips (like how to keep berries from molding) that you can start using today.

Who doesn't love kitchen tips and shortcuts that will save you time, money, and your sanity! Here are 7 tips that you can start using today.

One of my newest favorite kitchen shortcuts is using Anthony’s Pasta Pot Sized Pasta. This is one of those products that leave you wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?” No more breaking spaghetti (or other long pasta noodles!) in half because Anthony’s Pasta just made it shorter for us. Boil water and dump it in. You don’t even have to cut it up to make it easier for the kids to eat anymore!

Who doesn't love kitchen tips and shortcuts that will save you time, money, and your sanity! Here are 7 tips (like how to organize your freezer) that you can start using today.

I’ve also shared 10 tips on how to organize your freezer.

Who doesn't love kitchen tips and shortcuts that will save you time, money, and your sanity! Here are 7 tips (like how to hard boil eggs without boiling water) that you can start using today.

Tips on how to hard boil eggs without boiling water.

Who doesn't love kitchen tips and shortcuts that will save you time, money, and your sanity! Here are 7 tips (like how to soften hard bread) that you can start using today.

How to soften hard bread.

Who doesn't love kitchen tips and shortcuts that will save you time, money, and your sanity! Here are 7 tips (like how to make your own all purpose cleaner) that you can start using today.

How to make your own all purpose cleaner.

Who doesn't love kitchen tips and shortcuts that will save you time, money, and your sanity! Here are 7 tips (like how to "fry" bacon with no mess) that you can start using today.

And how to “fry” bacon and sausage with absolutely no mess.

But my absolute favorite kitchen tip is this next one. It saves money…lots of money. And it also is so simple it will take just a few minutes for you to do.

Kitchen Tips: How To Keep Berries From Molding

Who doesn't love kitchen tips and shortcuts that will save you time, money, and your sanity! Here are 7 tips (like how to keep berries from molding) that you can start using today.

Yep, my favorite of all kitchen tips is how to keep berries from molding. You can use this on any and all berries, and it works like a charm. It saves you money because you aren’t throwing away berries that mold after just a day or two. And the berries will easily last in the fridge for about a week. You can thank me later.

Get more kitchen tips and tricks here and by visiting my Kitchen Tips & Tricks board on Pinterest.

What kitchen tips and tricks do you have to share?

Kitchen Secret: How To Keep Berries Fresh Longer

I’m pretty sure my kids could live on berries alone. They like them all, and strawberries are a staple in our kitchen. I love finding berries on sale, and often buy more than we can eat in just a day or two. The problem is, they seem to mold way too quickly. There’s nothing worse than paying 5 bucks for a pint of berries, only to find that fuzzy mold growing on them the next day. So I wanted to share how to keep berries fresh longer.

A tip on how to keep berries fresh longer and prevent molding. This tip will save you money and also make your berries stay fresh for much longer!

How To Keep Berries Fresh Longer

You might not believe me and it might sound way too easy, but the tip for how to keep berries fresh longer is this simple: wash them with vinegar.

Yep, it’s really that easy.

When you get your berries home, prepare them like you are going to eat them (meaning remove the stems and any yucky ones there may be.) Then put your berries into a bowl filled with one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water. Gently mix the berries around, then drain them. Rinse them in cold water and put them in the fridge.

Now that you know how to keep berries fresh longer, stock up! Berries will stay fresh and mold free for well over a week. I couldn’t believe it until I tried it myself!

Vinegar kills mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit. You can use vinegar to kill any type of mold…it’s a safe alternative to using harsh chemicals. For more info on vinegar and mold, check out this article on How To Kill Mold With Vinegar on wikiHow. For other recipes to make your own cleaning products, you can visit my Make Your Own Cleaning, Beauty, Household Products board on Pinterest.

If you are looking for other cool tips like this one, you can visit my Kitchen Tips and Tricks board on Pinterest.

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How To Soften Hard Bread

Tonight I’m planning on making albondigas soup (Mexican meatball soup…it’s A-MAZ-ING so check out the recipe!), and just realized that the bread I bought to make with it is as hard as a rock. Seriously, I could use it as a weapon. But it’s okay, because I know how to soften hard bread.

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It’s easy. And it will also save you money because you aren’t going to just throw it away or let the kids feed it to the ducks and then go buy more bread.

How To Soften Hard Bread

It’s as easy as this: Wrap the bread in a damp dish towel or even in several damp paper towels. Place the bread on a microwave-safe dish, and microwave on high for 10 seconds. Check to see if it has softened. If not, turn the bread over and repeat a few more times.

You can also soften it in the oven. Simply preheat your oven to it’s lowest temperature setting. Wrap the bread in a damp dish towel or even in several damp paper towels. Place the bread on a cookie sheet, and let it heat in the oven for about 10 minutes. I usually check it after 6 minutes to see how it’s doing.

Another lady I know uses a basting brush and rubs the entire loaf of bread with olive oil. She then bakes it in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Or maybe you already bought new bread but are still wondering what to do with the stale bread. Like I said, you can take the kids down to the nearest lake and feed it to the ducks, or you can also use it to make some pretty good recipes. Here is a list of recipes that tells you what to do with stale bread.

What tips do you have on how to soften hard bread?

How To Cook Sausage Quickly & With No Mess: Oven “Fry” It!

I recently shared with you how to “fry” bacon in the oven. I figured if that worked, it would probably work with sausage too. And it did! Here’s how to cook sausage in the oven.

How to cook sausage without any messes or splatters. When you oven "fry" sausage you're done in 20 minutes & throw away the mess! Includes a link to how to oven "fry" bacon too.

Why would you want to cook sausage or bacon this way? Because it saves you time and a big mess. I love that I can throw it all in the oven and finish up all of my other prep work while it’s cooking. It cooks it perfectly and evenly…and I don’t have to do a thing! When it’s done cooking, I just throw the foil in the trash. Nothing to clean up!

I’ve tried this with both bulk sausage that I broke up into pieces and with sausage links. It works well both ways.

How To Cook Sausage In The Oven (How To Oven Fry Sausage)

How To Cook Sausage Quickly & With No Mess: Oven "Fry" It!
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk sausage (links work well too)

Instructions

  1. Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil.
  2. Break bulk sausage into small pieces or cut into patties.
  3. Place raw sausage on the tin foil.
  4. Place the cookie sheet in a cold oven (do not preheat!) and then bake at 400 for about 20 minutes.
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For recipes that use sausage, check out my Italian Sausage and White Bean Dip, Jalapeno Popper Wontons and my Jalapeno Popper Dip.

For more fun kitchen tips (like how to hard boil eggs without boiling water) that will save you time and make your life a little easier, check out my board ofKitchen Tips and Tricks on Pinterest!