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How to Cook Pasta

Learn How to Cook Pasta perfectly. Follow my step-by-step tutorial to cook spaghetti, noodles or any type easily and serve with sauce or as a pasta salad!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 18 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta dried
  • 6 quarts water
  • 3 tablespoons salt

Instructions

  • Fill a pot with six quarts water, bring to a boil.
  • Add the salt, followed by the dried pasta.
  • Stir until the water returns to a boil.

With a Sauce or Cooling For Later

  • Cook for one minute less than the packaged instructions.
  • Strain and cool briefly, but do not rinse. Toss in olive oil.
  • When ready to use, add to warm sauce and finish cooking or chill.

With a Cold Salad

  • Cook according to packaged instructions
  • Strain and cool briefly, but do not rinse. Toss in olive oil.
  • Place in refrigerator covered.

Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 5 days in the fridge.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2655mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg