Cooking Pasta, Pasta


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Cooking Italian pasta is relatively simple and can be done in just a few easy steps.


1 pound of pasta
4 to 6 quarts of water


Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.
You’ll need about 4 to 6 quarts of water for every pound of pasta.

Add salt to the water. The general rule of thumb is to use 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt per pound of pasta.

Add the pasta to the boiling water.
Stir gently to prevent the pasta from sticking together.

Cook the pasta for the recommended amount of time.
Check the package for the recommended cooking time, but typically it will be between 8 and 12 minutes.
Stir occasionally.

Test the pasta for doneness. Take a piece of pasta out of the water and bite into it.
It should be al dente, which means it’s cooked but still slightly firm.

Drain the pasta.
Use a colander to drain the pasta, shaking it gently to remove excess water.

Serve the pasta immediately with your favorite sauce, or toss it with a little olive oil or butter to prevent it from sticking together.

Enjoy your delicious Italian pasta!