New World Pasta FAQs

Preparation
Q: Should I rinse my pasta?
A: We only recommend rinsing for cold salads to stop the cooking time. Rinsing pasta that is intended to be served in a hot dish with hot tap water will lower its temperature and may also cause more starch which will make the pasta sticky.

Q: Can I substitute any pasta for another?
A: If you are using a similar cut, you can substitute evenly. Otherwise, you will need to follow the cooking directions that are specified on the package of pasta you are substituting.

Q: Can I microwave the pasta?
A: We recommend only heating short cuts (such as elbows, penne, rotini) in the microwave. Long cuts such as spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, etc. do not cook well. Microwave water at HIGH (100%) in 3 qt microwave safe bowl 5 to 9 minutes or until boiling; carefully stir in pasta. Microwave, uncovered, at HIGH 7 to 9 minutes or just until tender. (This is for 1 serving of pasta. The amount of water is the same whether on the stove or in the microwave.)

Q: Can I cook pasta in a slow cooker?
A: We do not recommend cooking pasta in a slow cooker. It must be cooked in boiling water to gelatinize the starches which keep the pasta together and prevent it from becoming mushy and pasty.

Q: Can I freeze my pasta uncooked?
A: We do not recommend freezing uncooked pasta. Our pasta products should be stored in a cool, dry place for maximum freshness. Glass or metal containers are recommended for storing dry products.

Q: Can I make my Lasagna ahead?
A: Yes. Pasta dishes may be prepared up to 24 hours ahead of time, refrigerated (covered) and then baked. They may also be prepared and frozen (unbaked) for up to 2 months. For quality reasons, we do not recommend freezing baked lasagna.

Q: Should I add cooked pasta to my broth or add uncooked pasta to the soup to boil?
A: Either way is fine. But keep in mind that if pasta is cooked with broth, a cloudier (not clear) broth will result. For hearty soups, this is usually not important. If cooking pasta in broth, be sure to start with an extra amount of broth since pasta will absorb roughly 25% of the liquid.

Q: Can I boil the Oven Ready Lasagna?
A: We do not recommend boiling this product, since it is precooked. Oven Ready was designed to re-hydrate in typical lasagna recipes. Boiling can result in starchy broken pieces that are difficult to separate.

Q: How many cups will I need to feed 4 people of Acine Pepe?
A: The amount per serving is 1/3 cups. For 4 people you will just need to multiply the amounts. Example: 1/3 = .33, so multiply .33 x 4 = 1.32. So the consumer will need to measure 1-1/3 cups dry.

Q: If I need to feed 500 people, how much spaghetti will I need?
A: We estimate that you would need about 125 1-lb packages. This is based on the approximate amount of dry pasta used per main dish portion. Example: 500 divided by 4 = 125.

Q: The recipe calls for 4 cups (8 oz) of cheese, but I’m confused, aren’t there 8 oz in a cup?
A: Since cheese is a solid not liquid form, the rules for cups and ounces will change. If you melt the cheese, then 8 oz would be considered a cup. Solid cheese is measured by weight but when melted it will be measured by volume.