How to Cook Pasta Perfectly Every Time

by , August 25, 2017
spaghetti with bacon
Diana Rattray

Avoid overcooking or undercooking your pasta with these helpful tips.

How to Cook Pasta

  1. Fill a large pot with water, more than enough to cover the pasta. For one pound of pasta, use about 5 quarts of water.
  2. Bring the water to a full, rolling boil over high heat.
  3. When the water begins to boil, add salt -- about 1 scant teaspoon of salt per quart of water.
  4. Add the pasta to the boiling water and stir.
  5. The package should have an accurate time, so subtract 1 minute and set a timer (or ask Alexa to time it.)
  6. To keep the pasta from sticking together, stir the pasta every minute or two until the time is up. Don't add oil, just stir.
  7. With a slotted spoon, remove a few strands or a small amount of pasta to a plate. Let it cool slightly and then taste it. It should be chewy -- not hard and not mushy.
  8. Place a colander in the sink and drain the pasta. Avoid rinsing pasta unless you want to wash off the starch (for a salad, etc.).
Pictured: Spaghetti With Mushrooms, Bacon, and Parmesan Cheese


See Also

Meaty Neapolitan Pasta With Sausage
Chicken, Macaroni, and Cheese Casserole

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