A Nobel laureate recommends cooking pasta with the stove off – a simple trick to do just that

A Nobel laureate recommends cooking pasta with the stove off – a simple trick to do just that
A Nobel laureate recommends cooking pasta with the stove off – a simple trick to do just that

Italian Nobel laureate in physics Giorgio Parisi recently wrote on his Facebook page that pasta can be cooked on low heat when the water in the pot reaches boiling temperature. The trick is to always keep the pot covered, Parisi said. This method uses less gas but still cooks the noodles, he added.

Mr Parisi re-shared a post by Alessandro Busiri Vici, described by the Financial Times as a renowned architect, who said the stove could be turned off completely when the water boils. The pasta will cook in the pot with the lid on and should be left for an extra minute before it is finally done. Busiri Vici said the method could save at least eight minutes of gas burning.

The food association Unione Italiane Food also suggested “passive cooking”: turning off the heat during cooking to save up to 47% in energy and carbon emissions. Covering the pot when boiling liquids and using the right amount of water also makes a difference in energy consumption, the association says.

However, some Italian chefs were not happy with the advice.

Wasfi Mesieha, a chef at an Italian restaurant in Rome, told Euronews that the pasta would continue to cook if the flame was turned off, but “it would cook really badly”.

Chef Vincenzo Feola told Deutsche Welle that when the pasta is cooked without the stove on, it has the wrong consistency, becomes sticky and has an “overcooked” taste.

The higher energy costs come as Europe grapples with an energy crisis after Russia cut off supplies to the continent in response to Western sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine war.

European governments and some companies have since taken various measures to reduce energy consumption ahead of winter.

People in Britain got rid of their $29,000 vintage ovens to fight rising energy costs, Bloomberg reported, while German bakeries turned off the lights to protest the huge bills.

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