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High energy bills, Italians arguing over how pasta should be cooked

High energy bills, Italians arguing over how pasta should be cooked

The energy crisis and high prices in energy bills have opened a debate in Italy, but about cooking pasta.

Italians are divided: Some say that pasta can be cooked in water that has reached boiling point and then the flame can be turned off. Others think this is a culinary heresy.

A chef in Italy, Wasfi Mesieha, said: Pasta can be cooked by itself, without flame. If you reach the boiling point of 100 degrees, you can turn off the heat and the pasta will continue to cook, but it will be very undercooked.

His employer Luigina Pantalone, whose family has run the Sabatino restaurant in central Rome for nearly 100 years, is worried about rising energy costs. But she doesn't think saving gas is a viable solution for her business.

Despite this, Italy's pasta makers' association, Unione Italiana Food, estimated that those who would use the controversial flameless approach could save up to 47% of the gas they normally use for the traditional cooking method.

Some Italian families are considering it amid rising bills, especially since the price of gas is still seven times higher than it was in 2021.

According to the organization, nine out of 10 Italians keep the flame on while cooking pasta.