From now on, you will cook the perfect portion of pasta: some easy tricks will help | food

Use your thumb and index finger

If you don’t have any equipment, the easiest way to calculate a serving size of spaghetti is to use your hand. Although everyone’s hand sizes are different, this method will give you a minimum estimate.

With your index finger and thumb, make a circle the size of a bottle cap. With your other hand, grab a handful of spaghetti and fill the circle, which should be one serving of pasta.

This method is even easier if you follow the rules of “joints”. When you place your thumb on the joint of the first index finger (located under the tooth), you should get a serving of spaghetti. When traveling in advance, the second joint makes a hole that fits twice of these noodles. Well, if you touch the tips of your thumb and forefinger, you feed three people.

LIDL Photo/Spaghetti

LIDL Photo/Spaghetti

Coins and bottles help you not to go wrong

If you have empty and unused bottles at home, calculating spaghetti portion sizes is very simple. The diameter of the hole in the neck of the bottle is probably suitable for the amount of pasta needed for one meal. So put a handful of noodles in the bottle until the hole is full. True, make sure that the noodles are standing straight, otherwise the calculations may be wrong.

If you don’t want to find a new bottle every time, cut off the top of an empty plastic bottle and keep it handy.

Also, the diameter of a serving of spaghetti is the same as the diameter of a coin, so if you have a jingle of metal money in your wallet, take a handful of swag in your hand and equate it to a 1 or 2 euro coin, they should be the same diameter.

Also, most spaghetti packages should state how many servings it includes. So you can carefully spread all the spaghetti and “by eye” divide it into as many portions as there are in the package. If you don’t want to return the pasta to the package, place them in individual bags or containers.

All this week, the Italian assortment of the private brand Italiamo will be king in Lidl stores, where you will be able to find not only the products needed to make spaghetti – pasta, Italian sauce or mozzarella, but also ready to eat. Pizzas and desserts of various flavors or a variety of snacks – from crackers and wheat scones to shortbread cookies with milk and honey.

Tips for paste and numbers lovers

Probably every spaghetti and pasta fan has a special spoon at home, especially for serving pasta. Most of these spoons have a hole. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s for, the answer is simple – to calculate a portion of spaghetti. The size of this hole is equal to one portion of this pasta, and after calculating it, you can immediately release the spaghetti into the pot.

Well, if you’re crazy about accuracy and have a food scale at home, use it for the most accurate way to calculate a spaghetti portion – just weigh 57 grams of pasta.

The Lidl retail chain invites you to correctly calculate the spaghetti portions and surprise your loved ones with a delicious recipe for pasta with tomatoes and mozzarella.

LIDL Photo/Spaghetti with mozzarella and tomatoes

LIDL Photo/Spaghetti with mozzarella and tomatoes

Spaghetti with mozzarella and tomatoes

You will need:

  • 400 g “Italiano” spaghetti,
  • 500 g cherry tomatoes cut in half,
  • 125 g finely chopped Italian buffalo milk mozzarella,
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • hot pepper (to taste),
  • Lemon peel and juice,
  • olive oil,
  • Sugar, salt, pepper,
  • Mint

Preparation Method: Squeeze the lemon juice and grate part of the peel into a large bowl, add the chopped onion, salt and pepper. Set the onion aside to soften.

Bring the water to a boil, add salt and start cooking the spaghetti (about 10 minutes, depending on how firm you want the pasta to be). Then mix oil, hot pepper and sugar with onions.

When the pasta is ready, drain the water, sprinkle with a little oil. And leave on low heat. Then add tomatoes and mint, add onion mixture and mix carefully. Finally, add the finely chopped mozzarella, mix everything again carefully. Put delicious food in bowls. Delicious!

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