1. Use a Large Pot
When it comes to pasta, pots matter! Don’t cook your pasta in just any pot; use one that’s got enough room. With a large pot, you’ll be giving the pasta plenty of space to move, and this would ensure it doesn’t stick together. On the other hand, a smaller pot would crowd it into a tight ball.
2. Fill Pot with Lots of Water
During those very hungry moments, you might get tempted to use little water to boil your pasta, in order to get it ready really fast. Don’t be tempted, it’s a wrong move. Just like pasta needs a roomy pot, it also needs plenty of water so it can be totally submerged. If there are strands sticking out above the water, they won’t get cooked. Salt the Water Considerably
Everything starchy tastes better with a generous hit of salt. Salting the water is your only opportunity to season the pasta itself and give it a flavour boost. When next you prepare your pasta, don’t just give the water a sprinkle of salt, use at least a tablespoon.
3. Bring Water to Boil before Adding Pasta
Again, hunger might make you dump in the pasta when the water is not even close to boiling. Wait that extra minute until the water is boiling with big bubbles. It absorbs water instantly and you want the water temperature to be extremely hot to begin cooking the pasta properly. When added too soon, the pasta can get soggy and might not give you the desired result.
4. Drain, don’t Dry
Don’t leave your pasta till it’s dry to avoid having it come soggy. While pasta boils, taste it to see if it has softened enough. Once you’re satisfied, drain your pasta to remove most of the water, but don’t let drained pasta sit and dry off.
5. Save Some Cooking Water
This is useful if you’re be adding a sauce to your pasta after it’s ready. Once pasta is cooked to your liking, save a cup of the starchy water used in boiling after you drain. This starchy water can work wonders in sauces, binding the sauce and pasta together, and breaking down thicker sauces so they’re less likely to clump at the bottom of your bowl.
Boiled pasta is best served with fish, meat, egg, shrimp sauce. Name it, any sauce you can think of! Enjoy!