6 Tips for How to Cook Pasta Perfectly (Page 2)

Boil Enough Water

1. Boil Enough Water

It’s tempting to skimp on the water when you’re boiling pasta. You know, you’re in a rush and you think that if you use less water, you will get to your cooked pasta faster. And after all, a regular saucepan of water boils faster than, say, a Dutch oven. But pasta needs more water than you might think to cook perfectly. To cook a half pound of pasta, you’ll need to start with no less than 2 1/2 quarts of water. Why so much? It prevents the pasta from sticking together and allows the starch that gets released in the cooking process a little more room to spread out instead of sticking to the pasta.

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