How Long to Boil Spaghetti (pasta)- Perfect Every Time.  The ultimate guide to make pasta like a pro- the real Italian way!

How do you boil spaghetti without breaking it? Follow these steps to make perfect spaghetti (and other pasta) every time!

1. Start with a large pot of COLD water. Hot water from the tap often contains added minerals that can damage pots and alter taste.

2. Use a large pot (this is the one I use) to boil water and cook pasta. This allows movement for the long pasta (still good rule of thumb for short pasta).

4. Salt the water. This is an Italian MUST to flavor the pasta from the inside out. Read in the post for when to add salt.

5. Stir occasionally with the proper utensil to keep the pasta from sticking. Use a back and forth motion in the pot until the pasta gets soft moves freely in water.

6. Test the pasta two minutes before it’s “al dente”.  7. Save a scoop of pasta water. Another Italian secret!

8. Drain, toss with sauce, and serve hot! (This same method applies to short pasta varieties- you may use a smaller pot)

Questions answered in blog post: - Do you add oil to pasta water? - Should you rinse pasta?  - How much water and salt to use?  AND MORE! 

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