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Cooking spaghetti in beef broth?

CHO123123 Jan 30, 2011 03:14 PM

Hi all!

is spaghetti (for just a typical spaghetti with meat sauce dish) good if it is cooked in beef broth? does this add any flavor? any tips?

a friend once told me "if something calls for water, use broth it will be much better". Just wondered if this applied to spaghetti as well!


  1. PinchOfSalt Jan 30, 2011 03:22 PM

    The traditional method for cooking pasta is to use salted water. Additional flavor is added via the sauce. Good broth will add flavor, but good broth is a valuable kitchen commodity; it seems wasteful to use it for cooking pasta. Having said that, no bolt of lightning will come out of the sky if you experiment.

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    1. re: PinchOfSalt
      greygarious Jan 30, 2011 03:36 PM

      Haven't done it but agree on the waste factor. I think the spaghetti sauce would obliterate whatever flavor the pasta brings to the dish. A more appropriate use for the flavored pasta would be dishes like pasta primavera or chow fun. If I were to cook pasta in broth/stock, I'd plan to use what unabsorbed stock remained to make soup. It should have some thickening ability after having pasta cooked in it.

      1. re: greygarious
        LRuthers Jan 30, 2011 05:10 PM

        Good points.

        I'd use chicken broth before beef broth, I think.

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      poser Jan 30, 2011 03:23 PM

      Why not try it and report back on your results?

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        isa1 Jan 30, 2011 03:41 PM

        I often cook spaghetti in broth or red wine, it's really tasty.

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