How To: Cook Pasta
What You Need
Follow These Six Easy Steps
To make sure pasta doesn’t stick together, use at least 4 quarts of water for every pound of noodles.
The salty water adds flavor to the pasta.
Pour pasta into boiling water. Don’t break the pasta; it will soften up within 30 seconds and fit into the pot.
As the pasta starts to cook, stir it well with the tongs so the noodles don’t stick to each other (or the pot).
Follow the cooking time on the package, but always taste pasta before draining to make sure the texture is right. Pasta cooked properly should be al dente—a little chewy.
Drain cooked pasta well in a colander. If serving hot, add sauce right away; if you’re making a pasta salad, run noodles under
cold water to stop the cooking.
Now that you have the perfect technique, try these great pasta recipes: