How to Make the Perfect Pasta

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Choose your favorite pasta.  Flip it over the package and read the instructions for cooking time.  Whatever number it reads, decrease it by two minutes.  Now set it aside.

Choose your pot to allow for the water you need to cook the pasta in and make it large enough for when the water comes to the full boil that it has room to bubble.

In the large pot put in enough water to cover the desired amount of pasta, you are planning to cook. Keeping in mind that pasta doubles in size when cooked and you want excess water in the pan. The calculation is three cups of water per cup of dry pasta.

Place the water in the pan and let it come to a full boil.


Many people add salt to help the water boil. Don’t do that.

Salt put in early, sets on the bottom of the pan. It scares your pans and you gain no flavor from it.


Once the water is at a full boil add a tablespoon of salt, leaving it at a full boil for two minutes to dissolves evenly throughout the water.

I suggest using sea salt for the best flavor.

Now pour in your pasta. Stir it to not stick to the bottom of the pan and let it come to a full boil.


Pasta cooks best at a full boil. To avoid water spoil over on the stove, place a wooden spoon across the top of the pan. This slows down boil over. When you adjust your heat, do it slowly to keep the pasta at the highest boil.


At this point is when you are timing your pasta’s cooking time. Look at the package and take the two minutes off and set your timer.

Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.


When the timer has gone off, and before you drain your pasta, remove one piece of pasta and break it open with a fork. It should cut easily and there should be no white firm line in the center.


Before you dump the pasta into your strainer take out one cup of the water and place it aside.

Now drain the pasta into a strainer in the sink. Allow the pasta to drain for three minutes. Do not rinse the pasta. That removes the flavor.

In a large bowl add the pasta and one tablespoon of olive oil.  Mix the olive oil throughout the pasta.


Now it’s time to marry your pasta to the sauce.

Add enough sauce to the pasta to thoroughly cover the pasta. Then add a small amount of the reserved pasta water to the sauce, but not too much to thin the sauce. This adds extra flavor.

Now mix the pasta and sauce and allow to sit for five minutes before severing.

The pasta will continue to cook in the sauce, making the perfect pasta.


Before serving garnish with parsley and grated parmesan cheese.






8 thoughts on “How to Make the Perfect Pasta

  1. I largely agree with your method until you get to the end of the process. Adding olive oil to the pasta prevents it from sbsorbing the sauce. Also, you add pasta to sauce, not the other way round.

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    1. Itailian Mother in law from Italy says, that if you don’t rinse the pasta they stick while letting drain so add the oilve oil, then it adds the flavor to the pasta. Letting the pasta cook in the hot sauce prevents it from turing in to mush from overcooking. This is how we did it in our restaurant for years. Try it once and see.

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