How to cook your Garden of Esther pasta

Have you ever bought a really nice cut of filet at the butcher and then brought it home and cooked it in the microwave?

Probably not.

When you are willing to invest a little more for a quality product at the time of purchase, you also want to be sure to prepare it properly in order to get the best bang for your buck.

Good news! 


Garden of Esther fresh pasta is much easier to cook than filet. We promise!

For a downloadable and printable version of cooking instructions, click here.

For a fun video of us cooking our pasta, click here.


As soon as you get home from the Farmers Market, put all your pasta in the freezer. Fresh pasta stored anywhere else quickly loses its unique texture and taste.


Once you're ready to start cooking, find a large pot. Fresh pasta expands quite a bit and needs room to stretch out.


Fill the pot about two-thirds full with water and bring to a boil.  (Optional - salt the water generously.)


Pour the pasta into the water and return to a boil. Stir gently to separate.


Once the water has resumed boiling, set a timer for 2 minutes.


Here is the most important part - don't walk away! Continue to gently stir the pasta. Fresh pasta needs a little extra TLC while in the pot - stirring keeps it from clumping.


Once the 2 minutes have passed, give it a taste. If it's "al dente" - still a bit firm - it's done. If not, taste again every minute or so (and keep stirring gently). Your pasta will take no more than 6 minutes total.


Drain, serve, and enjoy!


How about a video showing you how to cook our pasta, step-by-step, in real time?


Thanks to NChung Photography for the video!