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How To Cook Pasta

Does it seem as if your pasta always comes out too sticky, too hard, too mushy? Let this video be your guide to cooking pasta perfectly.

What You Need:

water, large pot, pasta, salt, tongs, colander

Follow These Six Easy Steps:

  1. How To: Cook Pasta Step 11Boil water in a large pot

    To make sure pasta doesn’t stick together, use at least 4 quarts of water for every pound of noodles.

  2. How To: Cook Pasta Step 22Salt the water with at least a tablespoon—more is fine

    The salty water adds flavor to the pasta.

  3. How To: Cook Pasta Step 33Add pasta

    Pour pasta into boiling water. Don’t break the pasta; it will soften up within 30 seconds and fit into the pot.

  4. How To: Cook Pasta Step 44Stir the pasta

    As the pasta starts to cook, stir it well with the tongs so the noodles don’t stick to each other (or the pot).

  5. How To: Cook Pasta Step 55Test the pasta by tasting it

    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.

  6. How To: Cook Pasta Step 66Drain the pasta

    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.

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