Cook Whole Grains and Pasta

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To cook grains:

  • Use a pot with a lid. Add water.
  • Follow directions on package.
  • Bring water to a boil. Leave pot covered to speed up boiling time.
  • Add grain, stir, and bring to a boil again.
  • Turn heat down to low.
  • Place lid on pot. Follow package directions for cooking time.
  • After recommended boiling time, take pot off heat.
  • Use fork to fluff.
  • Place lid on pot. Let stand 5 minutes.


To cook pasta:

  • Add water to large pot (4 quarts for every pound of pasta).
  • Bring water to a boil. (Leaving the lid on helps speed up boiling time.)
  • Place pasta in boiling water and stir.
  • When pasta starts to cook, stir again so noodles will not stick together.
  • Follow cooking time on package.
  • Taste before draining to make sure pasta is done. Pasta should be a little chewy.
  • Drain in colander, being careful of the steam.

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.