Cooking in a rush or a hurry never goes down well. You either end up missing ingredients, skipping steps or the end product never looks as good as the pictures you saw on Pinterest.
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So it's a Tuesday night and you're trying to get dinner on the table in a flash. You finally decide on making one of your go-to pasta recipes that's quick, easy and always a crowd-pleaser. You've shopped all the ingredients at the supermarket and now just need to put it all together.
Everything seems to be going well but for some reason, the sauce is a mess, it's runny and the sauce is sliding straight off the pappardelle.
No need to panic, there are ways to thicken the sauce so you still can have a delicious dinner in no time.
Four simple ways to thicken a pasta sauce
1. Simmer slowly
A gentle simmer usually does the trick. Make sure to not turn up the heat too high, and just let the sauce simmer on the stove. This method isn't the best if you're up against time, but it's a great one to have up your sleeve if you don't have any extra ingredients in the fridge.
2. Add flour or tomato paste
In many Chinese dishes like chicken and corn soup, a slurry of cornstarch and water is used. Similarly to help thicken your ragu, you can add flour, cornstarch or tomato paste with some water to make your own slurry. Just be sure to only add a little at a time and see how it thickens over the heat.