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

  1. Check water
  2. Check large pot
  3. Check pasta
  4. Check salt
  5. Check tongs
  6. Check colander

Follow These Steps

  1. Boil 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. Salt the water with at least a tablespoon—more is fine

    The salty water adds flavor to the pasta.

  3. Add pasta

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

  4. Stir 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. Test 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. Drain 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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