6 Tips for How to Cook Pasta Perfectly (Page 3)

Skip Salt in the Water

2. Skip Salt in the Water

It’s commonplace to salt your water for pasta, but beware—all that salt doesn’t just stay in the water. Some of it absorbs into your pasta, bumping up the sodium of your dish. On average we’re consuming over 1,100 mg more sodium than what’s recommended (that number is 2,300 mg per day). And since you’ll most likely be topping your pasta with tomato sauce (which is already notoriously high in sodium) and maybe a tablespoon or two of Parmesan cheese, you may not want the added salt in your pasta itself. Some folks believe the idea that salting water makes it boil faster. It doesn’t—at least not with the amount of salt you would use for cooking. We recommend skipping the salt in your pasta water completely. If your sauce is flavorful, you won’t miss it and you’ll save on sodium.

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