7 Pasta Mistakes Everyone Makes

Overcooking the Pasta

Try to slightly undercook your pasta. Check the pasta package for the recommended cooking time, then drain your pasta about a minute or two before that time.

Not Salting the Water Enough

The saltier, the better. As a rule of thumb, use about one tablespoon of salt per quart of water. Also, avoid putting oil in your pasta water.

Adding the Pasta Before the Water is Boiling

Don't add uncooked pasta to the cooking water, until it's at a full, rolling boil. Otherwise, the pasta could end up with a mushy texture

Forgetting to Stir the Pasta

Once you've added the pasta to boiling, salty water, stir it right away with a large wooden spoon so the pasta doesn't stick together.

Rinsing the Pasta after Cooking

Doing so removes the starch from the cooking water, which means the sauce won't have anything to stick to

Rinsing the Pasta after Cooking

Doing so removes the starch from the cooking water, which means the sauce won't have anything to stick to

Letting the Pasta Sit Too Long

What you want to avoid, however, is letting the pasta dry out completely. If your pasta get's too cold, it will begin to stick together

 making it one glob of starch that's hard to work with. One way to avoid this is to stir a knob of butter through the pasta after draining, to help keep the noodles separated.

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