Pasta is the epitome of simple and delicious food.
To be termed pasta, it has to be made of durum wheat. If it is made with a higher content of eggs, it is called egg noodles. Both have similar characteristics, and when boiled in a big pot of hot, salty water, both taste delicious. Regardless of your preference, both are delicious in any number of fantastic recipes. What is important is to consider the best noodle for the cuisine, so choose carefully. Pasta is something an enthusiastic chef can easily make in their home kitchen. To ensure your pasta comes out perfect every time, watch the how-to video from the Southern Living Test Kitchen: http://www.southernliving.com/food/how-to/how-to-make-pasta-video
Now that you know how to get that perfect pasta from boiling water to plate, you'll also want to be sure to cook it 'al dente', or 'on the tooth.' Let it keep just a little firmness rather than being too soggy. These simple steps will make any pasta or egg noodles you cook the perfect consistency for any incredible sauce you may want to top them with. Now, it's just a matter of picking the right shape—and that is the fun part.